By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

The first day of June saw the start of the Lind-A Hand Build — Linda Fuller's Build for Women — in Lanett, Alabama, hometown of Fuller Center founder Millard Fuller. I was there that day, and it was obvious from the start that this would be a June to remember. The ladies there ran ahead of schedule all week and did a fantastic job. The event culminated with an emotional dedication ceremony that Friday, something you can learn more about by checking out this link summarizing the week and then watch this video from the build.

Here are just some of the other Fuller Center events from June:

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

A wonderful month of April took a tragic turn toward the end of the month as a massive earthquake struck the exotic country of Nepal, where we built our first international houses.

We've since found out that the homes we've built in the Trishuli village just 30 miles from the quake's center are all safe and sound, as are our partner families in the community. But there is now even more work to be done in Trishuli and all across the nation. If you would like to contribute to our disaster recovery fund, please click here.

Here's a quick look at some of the other events and news around The Fuller Center for Housing from the past month:

The Fuller Center's Director of International Field Operations, Ryan Iafigliola, visited Nepal in April 2012, where we was inspired by the beauty of the land and the determination of the Nepalese people.

Next month, he planned to return to Nepal to build Fuller Center homes, including what would have been our 1,000th international home. It was part of how he and his recent bride wanted to celebrate their marriage. They even asked people to give to our work in Nepal in lieu of wedding gifts.

That trip is not canceled, but it certainly is in jeopardy for the time being because of the devastation in Nepal. It's the first country outside the United States where we worked, and we will be there for many more years helping the Nepalese people rebuild. It will be a lot like our work in Haiti now, which keeps growing long after the spotlight has faded from its 2010 disaster. We don't work in disaster response but in disaster recovery. We will be there for the long haul.

Meanwhile, Ryan has asked that people do something very important in response to the disaster: Pray. He has allowed us to share a note he wrote to friends and family yesterday:

Please pray for Nepal. Here's how you can pray for Nepal:

By David Snell,
President, The Fuller Center for Housing

I first traveled to Nepal in September of 2005.  This was one of the two places that set The Fuller Center for Housing on the path to becoming a worldwide housing ministry.  (The other was post-Katrina Shreveport.)  I had been fascinated by that part of the world from my earliest memories, and visiting Kathmandu was a dream come true.

Nepal is a mystical place.  From the moment you land, with Pampas grass fronds waving their greeting, you know that adventure awaits.  Kathmandu is an ancient city with Hindu temples and shrines at every corner.  The Chinese destruction of Tibet has brought many Buddhists into the country, bringing their temples and customs as well.  Visiting Nepal is like stepping back in time.   Way back.

Nepal has changed since my first visit there.  Just ten years ago the civil war with the Maoists was taking lives, the king was on his throne, and any Nepali who converted to Christianity was in violation of constitutional prohibitions.  Today the war is over, the king has been deposed, and new laws allow for religious freedom.  Nepal is a country with one foot in the Middle Ages and the other cautiously stepping into the 21st century.

It is one of the world’s poorest countries.  In the midst of ancient splendor can be found some of the worst housing conditions I’ve encountered.  A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line and the need for decent housing was great before the earthquake struck.  Samuel Tamang, our man on the ground there, reports that up to 90% of the houses in the central hill country have been destroyed.  Trishuli, where we are working now and which was going to be the site of our 1,000th international house next month, is in the heart of the hill country or, as they call it there, the ‘hilly’ country.