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Faith Build


Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna Announces our 2017 Faith Build!

April 2017


Dear Friends in Faith,

Your newborn child is a dream come true: she is healthy and perfect. But that dream changes when she contracts meningitis, and you do not have access to care for her in your native Ethiopia. Unlike children in the U.S., she suffers and becomes permanently disabled at only one year old.

With hope, you and your wife move to the U.S. in 2005, becoming legal residents and living in apartments that are not accessible for your growing child. Now with a 17 year old girl who moves in a wheelchair, you need a home you can afford that is right for her. You need to settle down.

This is the Gutema family’s story. They came to Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna to build a future in their own permanent home, where Kalkidan can move comfortably, and they can live independently. Where they can afford the mortgage and own the home of their dreams.

In a spirit of love, we ask you and your faith community to join us for our 2017 Faith Build. Though your kindness, we will work side-by-side and help the Gutemas to build their home at 713 Girard Street in Havre de Grace. Your members can become their hope in action in many ways:

1.  Please ask your congregation to pray for this effort. For safety of the volunteers and staff at work and for the provisions needed to build their home.

2.  Bring groups of volunteers or individuals to help! Sign up with Brianne Young to build the home or make lunches at byoung@habitatsusq.org, 410-638-4434, x4. She will schedule team days.

3.  Contribute to this home. We still need $43,316 to finish the build, slated to start soon! Our friends at Bel Air United Methodist, Mountain Christian Church and the APG Post Chapel have already made pledges, and your support at any level is welcome. Kindly donate "In Honor of the Faith Build/Gutemas" here.

Lemma Gutema puts it simply: We pray that God blesses the organization and makes us the hand to reach more people like us. After migrating to two countries, two states in the USA and two apartments in Maryland, we will finally settle in ONE house. It is our hope that this will help bring peace to our mind, rest to our body and benefit to our finances.

On their behalf, we thank you.

In God’s love,

Shannon E. Sullivan

Shannon E. Sullivan, Habitat Board Secretary

Pastor, Presbury United Methodist Church


Read the Gutema Family's story in their words here.


How can my faith community get involved in the future?

Contact Michaelann via email or at 410-638-4434, x3 for more info.

To volunteer, click here


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