Habitat for Humanity helps families abroad

Published 9:39 am Monday, August 22, 2016

Habitat for Humanity-Freeborn/Mower recently sent over $8,000 to provide safe and affordable housing in Guatemala. The tithe represents 10 percent of all undesignated donations the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity received during the last year.

The foundation of the tithing program is based on Habitat’s shared, biblical roots as an ecumenical Christian ministry. Tithing within Habitat — a global organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness — ensures that funding reaches the countries that have both a Habitat presence and some of the greatest need.

In 1979, at a home dedication in Zaire, Habitat founder Millard Fuller received the first $200 tithe, which he later used to help launch the first Habitat affiliate in Aguacatan, Guatemala.

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According to a press release, Habitat’s tithe program makes a big difference for families living in impoverished countries and Guatemala is no exception.

Habitat Guatemala has the widest reach and highest productivity of all non-governmental housing programs working in Guatemala. Since 1979, they have provided 79,737 housing solutions for over 320,000 people. But with a housing deficit in Guatemala of over 1.6 million homes, they will continue to work hard and grow.