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On November 18th Gwinnett County Habitat for Humanity received the Malachi 3:10 Award from Habitat for Humanity International. This award recognizes a $500,000 lifetime tithe milestone. Founded in 1988, Habitat Gwinnett is the 84th U.S. affiliate to reach this milestone (there are 1488 active affiliates) and the 4th in Georgia. Only 6% of all affiliates have received this award. U.S. Affiliates have collectively tithed over $200,000,000 to support Habitat’s international work. Habitat Gwinnett County has, through its tithe, served in Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Honduras, Madagascar and other countries. The $502,000 tithe represents serving 159 families worldwide.
Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Brent Bohanan expressed his gratitude for the recognition. “Gwinnett Habitat is excited to be part of only 6% of Habitat affiliates in the United States to achieve the $500,000 tithe milestone. We are committed to title 10% each year to build homes and hope internationally, that way our work locally allows us to serve families across the globe. Our $500,000 tithe over the last 25 years has allowed us to serve 159 families in 13 countries with quality, affordable housing. We are proud to be a part of the tithe program.”
The sponsors for the last fiscal year, and this fiscal year are CareerBuilder, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the local Lutheran Churches, Cisco, Assurant, World Financial Group, 12Stone Church, Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church, Cannon UMC, McKendree UMC, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Kawneer, ACI Worldwide, FIS Global, Gwinnett Bar Association, Broadcom, Peachtree Ridge HS Habitat Club, STW Technic, INFOR, and ViaSat. These are a few of the many groups who have helped us over the years to reach the $500,000 tithe milestone.
This coveted award is named after a verse in the Bible, Malachi 3:10: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that it may be food in my house. Test me in this and see if I do not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” Malachi 3:10
The award was presented by Susan Yow, Director, Affiliate Tithe, Habitat for Humanity International, to the Gwinnett affiliate’s board of directors on November18th. For more information contact Brent S. Bohanan, Executive Director, P.O. Box 870408, Stone Mountain, GA 30087. Phone 770-931-8080 xt. 15. www.HabitatGwinnett.org .
Learn more about the Tithe Program and how it works by visiting: http://www.habitat.org/lac_eng/participate/tithe.aspx.