Habitat for Humanity is coming to Morgan County
Clarence Jordan (1912-1969), creator of the "Cotton Patch" Gospel, had a dream of communal loving based on Christian beliefs of the first century church of all things being in common. He began the Koinonia Farm, an experiment in Christian communitarianism in 1942 near Americus, Georgia. Clarence and Florence Jordan and another couple bought a 400 acre farm and began cultivating crops. Eventually 60 people, black and white, resided on the farm sharing their personal resources as a statement of their surrender to God. The common goods were distributed as needed. Jordan believed Americans had become too materialistic, evolving into additions and greed.
Because Jordan believed in racial inclusivity and equality, they became the target of violent attacks by local segregationists and were boycotted by white-owned businesses.
They also agreed in opposing any form of violence, and those who joined the commune took a stand for conscientious objection, and were engaged in waging peace. Because of their nonviolent stance, in the 1950s Jordan and his fellow residents were questioned about their patriotism. Physical intimidation, beatings and a bombing of their roadside stand took a toll on the community; and over a period of time, the community began to change.
Frustrated with the daily grind, Jordan met Millard Fuller, a lawyer and businessman, who together started Koinonia Partners, a ministry in which homes would be built for poor people of the Americus, area. Jordan died two months before the first house was built. Today, Jordan's dream continues with Habitat for Humanity International.
Morgan County residents will have the opportunity to affect the lives of others less fortunate. There will be an organizational meeting at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Route 522 on Tuesday, July 31, 7 p.m. for those interested in helping to organize the group.
If interested in an application for a home, contact Habitat at 263-3154 or to financially hep, mail donations to Habitat for Humanity, 650 Race Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401 and note on the check Morgan County.
If interested in helping, but cannot attend the first meeting call 258-7337 or 5702.