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About four years ago, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans committed more than one hundred million dollars to help increase Habitat for Humanity's ability to build simple, decent, homes, and to give Thrivent members an important opportunity to give back to their communities. According to Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, “Each of the four years of the alliance, Thrivent Builds has increased Habitat’s building efforts in the United States by nearly six percent.”
Those are impressive statistics, but most of those houses are not close to where I live and were not built for people that I have met. On Sunday, September 27th, 2009, at 2:00 PM, a Habitat for Humanity home was dedicated in West Eveleth. Angela Curry and her son, Nathan, will soon be moving into that home. It is a home that is part of that six percent. Sixty-five percent of the cost of that home was funded by a Thrivent Builds grant. Without that particular grant, this home simply would not be here. There would have been no home dedication ceremony and Angela and Nathan would not be planning their upcoming move.
On Sunday, some of Angela's family, neighbors and friends, some Habitat volunteers and board members, and representatives from Thrivent gathered to celebrate the dedication of this home. Angela was presented with a Bible and a hammer. She expressed her appreciation to those who made her home a reality. Pastor Brad Felix led the group in asking God to bless her new home, and others spoke about the project and welcomed Angela to the community. Following the home dedication formalities, we enjoyed refreshments and fellowship.
My hope is that Angela and Nathan will have a wonderful Christmas in their new home this year, and that their new home will keep them warm and safe for many years to come. Thank you and congratulations to each and every person who helped to make Angela and Nathan's new home a reality.
- Pastor Brian Birk