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Habitat founder to receive World Methodist Peace Award

 


Habitat founder to receive World Methodist Peace Award

Oct. 14, 2004

By United Methodist News Service

Millard Fuller, president and founder of Habitat for Humanity International, will receive the 2004 World Methodist Peace Award.

The award, given annually since 1977 by the World Methodist Council, will be presented to Fuller Dec. 8, at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta.

"In bringing together persons regardless of their religious preference or background to work side-by-side to eliminate poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International promotes peace, reconciliation and justice," said the Rev. George Freeman, top executive of the World Methodist Council. His Eminence Sunday Mbang, chairperson of the World Methodist Council and Prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, will present the award.

Habitat for Humanity began 27 years ago when Fuller, a successful attorney in Americus, Ga., and his wife Linda, left their millionaire lifestyle and rededicated their lives to serving God.

Habitat for Humanity operates in 100 countries around the world. In 2005 the 200,000th Habitat house will be completed. At that time more than 1,000,000 people will live in housing made possible by volunteers dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide.

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian organization that brings together people of all backgrounds in the ministry of building.

The Peace Award is presented to individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to peace, reconciliation and justice. Courage, creativity and consistency are values that are considered when presenting the World Methodist Peace, Freeman said.

Previous recipients of the World Methodist Peace Award include: Nelson Mandela; Jimmy Carter; Boris Trajkovski, former President of Macedonia; the Community of St. Egidio in Rome; and the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina.

The World Methodist Council is a Christian World Communion that comprises 76 member denominations in 132 countries, representing ministries that involve 75 million people worldwide. The World Methodist Peace Award is the highest honor bestowed by the people called Methodist around the world.

*Gilbert is a United Methodist News Service news writer in Nashville, Tenn.

News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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