Remembering Millard

Remembering Millard

Elizabeth Hines teaches school in Indianapolis, where she is raising four sons, ages 10-14, living in an apartment complex too full of danger for the boys to play outside.  Elizabeth dreamed of having her own home, but her salary couldn’t stretch far enough to raise the kids, pay the bills and have a mortgage.

T Joy is a carpenter in Trivandrum, India, with a wife and two small children, all living in a two room house with an asbestos roof.  The Joys also dreamed of owning their own home, but high interest rates made it impossible.

Ternelia Guillaume was playing with her son outside her house in Leogane, Haiti, when the earth began to shake.  She rushed into the house, scooped up her baby and escaped just as the house crumbled, destroying all of the worldly goods she and her husband Guidony had managed to gather.

Three families separated by thousands of miles with one great story in common.  They all now have a decent home to call their own because of the goodness of others and an organization called The Fuller Center for Housing.

The Fuller Center carries the name of its founder, Millard Fuller, known by many as the founder of Habitat for Humanity.  It was just two years ago today that Millard died, suddenly and unexpectedly.  His life was dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing, and the Lord gave him a biblical forty years to get the work underway.  Millard used the time well, and today over 300,000 families around the world share the blessing with the Hines, the Joys and the Guillames of having a decent place to live.

What would become The Fuller Center for Housing was conceived in 1969 at Koinonia Farm in Sumter County, Georgia, as an experiment to get families who were living in truly deplorable circumstances into simple, decent and affordable homes.  The model then traveled to Kinshasa, Zaire, where Millard and his wife Linda served as homebuilders on a mission. 

The worldwide housing movement that came out of Koinonia and Kinshasa didn’t happen by chance.  A better champion couldn’t have been found than Millard Fuller for the audacious task of making decent shelter a reality for all of God’s children.  A natural born motivator, speaker and entrepreneur, Millard turned the skills that made him a millionaire by age 30 to the cause of eliminating poverty housing.  He turned the great faith that he had in himself to faith in God, and over a million people around the world have had their lives significantly improved as a result.

Millard was a friend to everyone he met, and the many friends he left behind miss him to this day.  As we remember him on this anniversary of his passing we honor him by continuing to pursue his dream.  What he started was more than one man’s mission—it was a movement.  We are proud to be the custodians of the legacy he left, working to assure that every family has a decent home and providing donors and volunteers the opportunity to be blessed by blessing others.

Thanks, Millard, for sharing your dream.




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2 Comments on "Remembering Millard"

  • Willy Leventhal says

    It is hard to believe that Millard is not with us, as he and Linda did so much and inspired so many and helped so many of our fellow brothers and sisters. Their inspiration is a strength to me and others every day.

  • gaylehaggard says

    Millard Fuller was one of the most powerful men who ever lived! He was on God’s side & God on his! They were a team, along with his wife & family & many many folks from all over the world who saw his vision & responded. I was a Habitat for Humanity Exec. Dir. for about 5 years & I still love what’s happening there & in so many other places! David Snell’s Easter message touched me & I’ve passed it on to many in my circle of friends, family… I was blessed to have been able to meet Millard in person, on more than one occassion & treasure those times of hearing his wisdom & accepting his ideals & fore-thoughts. Yes, his power still lives on in the lives of folks who now have homes of their own! Have a Blessed Easter!

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