Ever hear of "Habitat for Humanity"?

It's VERY likely that you've heard of "Habitat for Humanity"!  Since 1976 they have built or repaired over ONE MILLION homes and served over FIVE MILLION people.  They have involved thousands and thousands of businesses and churches and other groups in cooperating to provide low cost, simple housing for folks in need all over the world. 

Maybe you even know that Habit for Humanity was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller and is a world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. 

What you probably DID NOT know...

Is that the concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian intentional community outside of Americus, Georgia.  Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.  They believed that Christians could live, work, eat, pray and play together - and race shouldn't be an issue. 

They were HATED.

All of the businesses in Americus banded together to boycott the products from their farm. They were threatened, shot at and even fire bombed. Through the 50's even the Klu Klux Klan threatened them.  They stood in prayer and nonviolence and endured. Sometimes taking turns in pairs sitting in a car all night at the front gate to watch for trouble.

Eventually they create a mail order business to ship their pecans and other products to the North. The slogan for their catalog at that time was, "Help us get the nuts out of Georgia!"  They endured through it all and are now a crown jewel of the civil rights movement. 

When the persecution died down, they began to focus on affordable housing for their neighbors in need. The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965 and it was from this housing initiative that "Habitat for Humanity International" was birthed.  Clarence Jordan died in 1969, but the Farm continues to carry on Clarence's legacy. It is still a working farm, a Christian intentional community, a training and teaching school, and an incubator for new ideas and charities including the "Fund for Humanity," and "The Fuller Center for Housing," and "Jubilee Partners." 

The work of this Christian intentional community continues to ripple across the world and bless multitudes - and challenge many others to emulate their work. 

 

(Drawn from: http://www.habitat.org/how/historytext.aspx and https://www.koinoniafarm.org/about/ )