“It is not enough to limit your love to your own nation, to your own group. You must respond with love even to those outside of it. This concept enables people to live together not as nations, but as the human race.” -- Clarence Jordan
Recently I had the opportunity to explain to one of our major donors why we send funds to Habitat in Honduras to build there even when the need for housing in Wake County is far from being met. Since our inception the biblical concept of “tithing” our resources to help those in need in other countries has been something we’ve joyfully done. Faithfully, since 1985, we have provided resources to build homes for 265 families around the world in addition to the 456 homes we’ve built in Wake County.
We are currently sending enough funds each time we build a house in Wake County to fund the construction of a Habitat home for a family in the Central American country of Honduras. Habitat homes in Honduras currently cost $4,500 for a 450 square foot home. This year, we will provide enough funds to construct 35 homes in/around the small city of Santa Rosa de Copan in Western Honduras.
I always love this quote from Frank Reed, Habitat International’s Director of ReStore Support: “The mission to eradicate substandard housing does not end at your county line!”