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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 ...

By David Snell,
Fuller Center President

Every now and again someone comes along with enough vision, energy, charisma, focus and faith to make a significant difference in the lives of many. Just such a man was born 80 years ago in a humble mill town in west Alabama. Today, January 3, we celebrate the birth of Millard Fuller, a man who spent his life dreaming big and in the process lifted millions out of poverty housing.

Millard didn’t set out to make decent housing a matter of conscience and action around the world. He set out to make a million dollars by the time he was 30 — and he did. In the process, he learned the hard lesson that money and happiness don’t always travel together as his family fell apart and his wife, Linda, left him. Things looked up, though, when they decided to try again, only this time they would get rid of their wealth and let God take a hand at guiding their lives — and what a ride He took them on!

When Millard met Clarence Jordan at Koinonia Farm, his fate was probably sealed. The two of them formed a perfect team of philosophy and action or, as it turned out, philosophy in action. Clarence’s notion that what the poor needed was capital rather than charity and what the rich needed was a just and wise way of divesting themselves of their overabundance struck a mighty chord with Millard. Before long the notion was being tested with housebuilding projects at the Farm and in Americus. Millard and Linda took the idea to Zaire and everywhere it was tried it succeeded.