Dozens of people gathered at historic Koinonia Farm on Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of Millard Fuller’s death, gathering at his rural gravesite to share remembrances of a man whose vision, faith and drive launched a worldwide movement and helped millions of people have simple, decent places to live — a movement that lives on through his final ministry, The Fuller Center for Housing.
Former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were among those who spoke at the graveside (videos below). President Carter recalled how Fuller twisted his arm into joining his movement — and that he is forever grateful that he did.
“I learned how to put my Christian faith into action,” the 39th President of the United States told the crowd on an unusually mild Feb. 3 afternoon. “It changed my and Rosalynn’s life for the better, and I will always be grateful for what Millard has meant to us.”
Many shared stories of how Millard Fuller was faith-driven and refused to take “no” for an answer. Some of these stories are shared in the videos below.
President Jimmy Carter talks about the man who helped him put faith into action (2:59):
Chris Fuller talks about his dad, recites poem he wrote about his father (3:31):
Linda Fuller Degelmann shares memories of Millard (11:30):
Brother Doyle Fuller on “the best man I ever knew” (2:34):
Koinonia’s Bren Dubay (3:14):
Norris Harris remembers Millard’s inspiration (3:17):
Don Mosley of Jubilee Partners talks about his long-time friend (3:02):
Sharon Tarver Evans credits her success to having known Millard Fuller (1:57):
Wilmer Martin recalls how Millard Fuller told him to talk about Jesus more (1:19):
DIanne Hall talks about Millard Fuller (2:33):
Jacob Battle shares memories of his best friend, Millard Fuller (3:08):