When Habitat Becomes Sanctuary 

April 25, 2017

The Sanctuary Series continues this Sunday, April 30, when we welcome guest speaker Clive Rainey, Habitat for Humanity’s first volunteer. Calling on scripture from Ezekiel and Nehemiah, Rainey speaks at 10 am Faith & Life in Hildebrand Hall and at the 11 am service on “Empowered by God and invited into partnership: How will you respond?”

Rainey first became involved with Habitat while teaching reading and social studies to 7th and 8th graders in a southern Georgia school district where students could not read their own names.

Visiting students’ homes, he discovered many lived in shacks without running water or electricity. “I knew then I would never change those lives in a classroom,” he said, “I went straight to Millard Fuller, founder of HFHI, and said, ‘Sign me up!’”

In addition to his travels to Uganda, where they built the first simple two-room houses, Rainey said the excitement and hope of the people demonstrated scripture come to life in real time. Dedicating most of his adult life to Habitat projects in Guatemala, Rainey worked with Plymouth volunteers. “He offered support and encouragement during what turned out to be some very hard work. He is a compelling speaker whose diligence comes from a strong Christian Background,” said Jeanette Hagen, Team Leader for 2017 Plymouth Habitat Guatemala team.

Habitat’s philosophy is grounded in the premise that a person without a home is like a plant lying on the ground with its roots exposed. Unless it’s planted and can receive water and nourishment, the plant will dry up and die. A decent place to live gives rootless lives a place to grow and thrive.

Anyone can volunteer both in their home areas and around the world. Go to Habitat.org and follow links for “where we build” and “how to get involved.” One person can make a difference and many can make a world of difference.

“Habitat is one of the most powerful ways to engage in Christian mission at home or abroad and the rewards of doing so are greater than anyone can imagine,” adds Rainey. 

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