By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications
There were a couple of full-circle events of note here this week — one of the 40-year variety and one of just a couple years.
The first was Monday, July 1. That marked 40 years to the day that Millard and Linda Fuller touched down in Mbandaka, Zaire, with their four children to begin the work that would ultimately launch the world’s affordable housing movement.
Not only is The Fuller Center for Housing keeping their grass-roots vision alive and thriving, but we also are focusing on Africa once again with our 40 Years in Africa campaign — through which we are raising $160,000 to build 40 new homes with our covenant partners in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire) and Ghana, where I’ll go next month to report on work there. Click here to help make this campaign a success!
Also on Monday, a new team of volunteers began a week of mission work in Americus with the Americus-Sumter Fuller Center for Housing. Well, they’re kinda new. They’re a youth group from First United Methodist Church of Bossier City, La., the same church that sent the youth group here two years ago.
In fact, their first day working with The Fuller Center two years ago was also my first day working with The Fuller Center — June 6, 2011. Two years later, it’s good to see folks like youth leader Callie Dean who have bonded with The Fuller Center’s ministry. (You can read more about their work to help two widows here.)
Callie appreciates the roots of The Fuller Center and the Christian principles behind it, Christian principles of service, generosity, compassion and kindness that she wants to help instill in the youths she leads.
Those principles that have led the Bossier City youths back to Americus are the same principles that led the Fuller family to partner with African families in the first place. And it’s because of these Christian principles and firm roots that our work is able to go full-circle … and circles have no end point.
But we can expand our circle. You can help us do that. Whether you are telling a friend about us, sharing an item on Facebook, volunteering at a work site or donating to the cause, you are helping us to expand the circle of this movement. And, for that, we thank you!