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A NEWS RELEASE
From National Office of the ELCIC

ELCIC YOUTH TO PARTNER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Winnipeg, September 9, 2004 (ELCIC) -- At their Biennial Gathering, the Youth of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada accepted the challenge to build with Habitat for Humanity.

Each ELCIC Youth Gathering introduces a new National Youth Project (NYP). The project is meant to engage the youth in a challenge that reaches beyond the walls of their church. Projects alternate between fundraisers and awareness - raisers. In 2000-2002 "Back to School in Bangladesh raised almost $25,000, helping Bangladesh students to attend classes. 2002-2004 was a time of study on the topic of peace - asking how youth can live their Christian faith with honour and integrity in this increasingly hostile and secular world.

The 2004-2006 Project -- Mission Possible: Building Hope -- invites all youth into a roller-coaster time of construction! First, to build knowledge and awareness of the work of Habitat for Humanity. Then to build excitement about partnering with this ministry - both as volunteers and donors. Finally to sponsor and build a house in Winnipeg, the city of the 2006 Gathering.

Habitat for Humanity is a faith-based housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building homes in partnership with families in need.

Mission Possible: Building Hope actually has a 3-tier vision:
Level One: to financially sponsor and supply volunteers to construct one Habitat home with one family in the city of Winnipeg, summer 2006.
Level Two: to get ELCIC and Anglican congregations involved in local Habitat activities by encouraging speakers, study and volunteer work.
Level Three: to sponsor, in whole or in part, a Habitat for Humanity home in each of our ELCIC synods in the summer of 2006.

NYP Coordinators are Barb and Hank Fast. Synod and congregational contacts are being assembled. Information packages will be mailed soon to each ELCIC Congregation. More details at http://youth.elcic.ca/


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