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By David Snell,
President

It’s springtime in South Georgia.  The flowering trees are bursting with color and everywhere you look it’s green or greening.  Millard used to say that the Northeast has its colorful autumn and California has nice weather almost anytime, but here in Americus we have April.  And it is magnificent.  Once again we’re awed by the earth’s great cycle of rebirth.

There’s eloquence in the fact that Easter comes during this season of new beginnings.   Easter marks the celebration that defines Christianity.  While many religions teach kindness and call on their believers to care for one another, only Christianity can claim the redemption that comes through Jesus' death and the promise of salvation that comes through His resurrection.

Those two miraculous events define our belief system, and we will most appreciate them when we come to the end of this life.  In the meantime, though, it's what He taught during the three years before His death and resurrection that should guide how we behave before we get to the end.

His message was a simple one—love one another. He walked us through a number of ways of doing that, but the basic message was always the same—love one another.  When Jesus was asked to name the greatest commandment He replied, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

On February 2, Groundhog Punxsutawny Phil emerged from his house and saw his shadow, guaranteeing six more weeks of winter. In an unpreceented move, The Fuller Center for Housing has since seized his home and given it to a more deserving family of opossums — at least until Phil decides to reconsider whether he actually saw his shadow.

By David Snell,
President

My plan for today was to catch a flight to Nicaragua.  The weather and Delta conspired against me, so I find myself with time I didn’t expect to have — seems like a good opportunity for a blog post.
 
The Fuller Center for Housing is going through a growth spurt.  We have new covenant partners formed or forming in Perry, Ga.; Sarasota, Fla.; Spokane, Wash.; Nashville, Tenn.; and on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  These are great developments and, as U.S. covenant partners raise their own funds, they don’t create financial obligations for us here in Americus.

It’s different overseas where local fundraising is very difficult and support comes from generous donors here in North America.  Some time ago we put a cap on new overseas partners, arguing that we needed to get our fundraising to the point that we could adequately provide for those we already had before we took on new ones.  An interesting thing happened along the way — we didn’t see much growth in our fundraising efforts.  Looking back, I can see that we put ourselves in a sort of anti-faith limbo.  We were scarcity thinkers, so scarcity became our reality.

I think that the good Lord got tired of our faithlessness because we suddenly find ourselves in discussions with a number of countries with such compelling programs that we have had to lift our self-imposed ceiling and welcome them in.  We have new partners in Thailand (where the first house is already being built), Cameroon (which just completed their first house) and Bolivia.  We are in active discussions with Ethiopia, Albania and Papua New Guinea.

Our blog has moved along with our new website! Find us here to continue following our journey: http://www.fullercenterbikeadventure.org/blog/

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

January is usually a fairly quiet month for The Fuller Center with winter conditions curtailing a lot of projects, especially in the U.S. But there is a lot of work being done in the field by good-hearted folks willing to brave the cold.

And for those of us who can't handle the cold — including myself as I'm a lifelong Georgia who thinks any temperature under 50 is "freezing" — there are all kinds of international hotspots where The Fuller Center stays busy.

One of those is Nicaragua, where I was fortunate to spend a week in January documenting the work of the covenant partner while being part of a Fuller Center Global Builders team led by none other than our president David Snell and several members of our Board of Directors. We all came away hugely impressed with the work in Nicaragua and it was hard to say goodbye to the wonderful, friendly, hard-working people there.

Please click here to see a special report, complete with video and photo galleries, about The Fuller Center's work in Nicaragua
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Also, click here to see what David Snell had to say about the experience.

Meanwhile, here's a sampling of some other Fuller Center news from January ...