Habitat's vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
This summer, Oconee 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 1986, Oconee County is only the 2nd affiliate in South Carolina, the 128th affiliate within the United States (there are over 1,200 affiliates), and the very first all-volunteer affiliate to meet this goal. Oconee County Habitat has, through its tithe, supported Habitat International’s Global Mission Fund which enables the gifts to be used where they are needed most around the world. The tithe represents helping over 140 families worldwide obtain decent homes, as well as community projects for safe infrastructure and water.
The award was presented by Susan Yow, Director of Affiliate Tithe and Global Engagement, Habitat for Humanity International, to the Oconee affiliate's board of directors on June 10th. “The work here in Oconee County is as much a part of our big global mission is as the work in Zambia, Nepal, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and the other 70 countries around the world where we’re working,” said Yow. “I know you are all very blessed here in Oconee County, and our families around the world certainly are blessed with your support.”
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."
For more information visit www.oconeehabitat.org.