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<v Abby Flanders>Pictures are worth a thousand words, particularly when they show the beginning of a dream <v Abby Flanders>come true. The people who now live in the northeast area of Charlotte, known as Optimist <v Abby Flanders>Park, thrived on such a dream, a dream so powerful, so untouchable, <v Abby Flanders>that to have it answered would constitute a miracle. <v Abby Flanders>Between July 27 and 31st, 14 families were blessed <v Abby Flanders>with such a miracle. <v Abby Flanders>I am standing inside a dream, and that sounds a bit ridiculous, but if you were here <v Abby Flanders>on the site of Habitat for Humanity, you'd know, there are miracles going on. <v Abby Flanders>In fact, it's called Miracle on 19th Street. <v Abby Flanders>I'm Abby Flanders. And here we have seen a number of wonderful people who are helping <v Abby Flanders>with the efforts of building 14 houses in five days. <v Abby Flanders>Of course, you're going to see the end result of all of this. <v Abby Flanders>But we wanted you to take a little bit of a look at some of the people, some of the <v Abby Flanders>humanity, some of the love that has gone into the efforts so far.
<v Abby Flanders>The project involved people from 27 states, two Canadian provinces, <v Abby Flanders>a former president of the United States and his wife. <v Abby Flanders>It brought hundreds of curious onlookers to the site where a mission had begun, a mission <v Abby Flanders>that appeared to be impossible, except there was a sense of caring and sharing that <v Abby Flanders>loomed over the neighborhood, like an illuminant spiritual force, making the mission more <v Abby Flanders>like an attainable vision. <v Jimmy Carter>Well, this is our fourth summer work camp two in New York and one last summer in Chicago <v Jimmy Carter>this year, and she in Charlotte, North Carolina. <v Jimmy Carter>This is by far the most ambitious because with all the volunteer work, we're building 14 <v Jimmy Carter>homes in just five days. <v Jimmy Carter>And this is our first day. <v Jimmy Carter>By tonight, we'll have the roof on and have it shoot it in and put the shingles on <v Jimmy Carter>tomorrow. But not only in Charlotte, but because this community has been so exciting <v Jimmy Carter>and so inspirational. We are building 250 homes and all this week that habitat <v Jimmy Carter>and 150 different communities in the nation and overseas. <v Jimmy Carter>So we're very excited about this week. And it's the kind of work just not only exciting
<v Jimmy Carter>and challenging and unpredictable, but also a lot of fun. <v Abby Flanders>Yeah, we've been watching you back there working with the rest of the gang, trying to put <v Abby Flanders>all of this together. How many hours do you think you'll be working? <v Jimmy Carter>Well, we are in the morning. We'll start pretty early at like six o'clock because we want <v Jimmy Carter>to get as many shingles on as we can before it gets too hot. <v Jimmy Carter>Now, we start at five o'clock in the afternoon and take about a half hour for lunch. <v Jimmy Carter>So we put in you hour ten, eleven hours a day. <v Abby Flanders>The 10 to 11 hour workday was just the beginning for the first powering volunteers, <v Abby Flanders>who's beckoning hearts compelled them to join with the Carters and others in the <v Abby Flanders>construction of 14 houses from the ground up on this once abandoned ball <v Abby Flanders>field. <v Jimmy Carter>It's a true partnership. And on all those projects, the families that are going to be <v Jimmy Carter>living on them are working on the houses that they're going to live in. <v Jimmy Carter>We have 14 families here. A lot of them have never had good luck before. <v Jimmy Carter>I say, never have lived in a nice house. <v Jimmy Carter>And by Friday night, we just started this morning. <v Jimmy Carter>But by Friday night, they'll be moving in a brand new home, beautiful and comfortable <v Jimmy Carter>and warm and somewhat cool in the summertime, perhaps.
<v Jimmy Carter>And we hope to get some of the grounds landscape put up some playground equipment for the <v Jimmy Carter>kids. So I think the whole neighborhood and maybe the whole city of Charlotte <v Jimmy Carter>and a lot of other communities will be more aware of the needs of the <v Jimmy Carter>homeless and also aware that people that are fortunate can actually do something about <v Jimmy Carter>it. It's not a sacrifice, but from which we really derive a lot <v Jimmy Carter>of pleasure, and a lot of benefit ourselves. <v Abby Flanders>Each man, woman and child worked diligently through the 95 degree temperatures <v Abby Flanders>without regard for their own comfort, but rather with a hearty compassion and an <v Abby Flanders>overwhelming belief that the work being done would indeed be mutually beneficial <v Abby Flanders>to all. <v Jack Walters>I'm seeing an awful lot of miracles right here now with amount of people gathered from <v Jack Walters>all over the country to help in this program. <v Jack Walters>But my blessing is seeing families who have never had the opportunity of decent <v Jack Walters>housing have not only shelter, but a new way of life. <v Jack Walters>We follow it up. We just don't leave the families with a new home.
<v Jack Walters>We try to follow up with a family for at least a year, trying to give them <v Jack Walters>an opportunity of new nutrition funds and <v Jack Walters>all different sorts of ways of living that we have been accustomed to. <v Jack Walters>And they have no idea of what we're we try not to push it down their throat. <v Jack Walters>There's a lot of pride and dignity involved with this program. <v Speaker>And no one feels that pride and dignity more than those potential homeowners who worked <v Speaker>side by side with the Carters and others during the creation of this miracle. <v Speaker>Darling Dobbie is one new homeowner who has perhaps the most unforgettable experience. <v Darlene Darby>Well, I'm very excited because Jimmy Carter's working on our house personally, and I'm <v Darlene Darby>very excited when he came out yesterday and stood on my foundation. <v Darlene Darby>So, you know, I was like I was gonna pass out. <v Darlene Darby>I had tears in my eyes. You know, it's very exciting. <v Darlene Darby>I'm happy. I'm happy. <v Darlene Darby>I have three children, five of us, including my husband. <v Darlene Darby>So it's five of us. And it's it was very tight for us, <v Darlene Darby>you know. But I see that made a way for us.
<v Speaker>You know, the sounds of hammers and stores, melodious music to the ears of another <v Speaker>Habitat homeowner. <v Ronnie Holloway>I live in a house with someone else. I'm renting from somebody that owns the house and <v Ronnie Holloway>they just rent us the house. <v Ronnie Holloway>You know, we found that two years ago, but I'm not satisfied with it. <v Ronnie Holloway>But the house, the rebuilding here. <v Ronnie Holloway>I know what's in it. And I'm real satisfied. <v Ronnie Holloway>Because this house is mine. <v Ronnie Holloway>I mean, you know, because I'm I can't say that I'm not satisfied <v Ronnie Holloway>because I've heard a lot of people say these houses are gonna be small. <v Ronnie Holloway>I look at it this way. I didn't care if he was that big of mine. <v Ronnie Holloway>And I don't have to worry about someone taking it away from me. <v Speaker>Ronnie Holloway and Darlene Darby are only two of the 14 people who found a movie <v Speaker>getting with home ownership and the Habitat for Humanity program. <v Speaker>The program itself started as a vehicle of hope for those whose hope it vanished in a <v Speaker>world of self-centered ambition and materialistic gain. <v Speaker>It was born in the Christian heart of MILIT Fuller, Millard Fuller and his wife, <v Speaker>Linda, the one who started here about 10 years ago.
<v Speaker>Then something kind of a real love. And then they went overseas in Zaire for three years. <v Speaker>So let's say, you know, a godfather and divorce and inspiration for it. <v Speaker>Well, I moved to South Georgia <v Speaker>way back several years ago in 1968 and <v Speaker>began working with a man named Clarence Jurden. <v Speaker>And he and I together began to talk about what we could do as Christians <v Speaker>to help the poor, to help people who, you know, didn't have enough <v Speaker>money. They were sort of left by the wayside economically and particularly <v Speaker>we were concerned about people who didn't have a decent home. <v Speaker>We saw so many people in southwest Georgia who are poor. <v Speaker>They lived in what we call down that way. And what I think I call it in North Carolina <v Speaker>shacks. And they didn't own the shacks. <v Speaker>They didn't own the land. They didn't own the houses. <v Speaker>They weren't insulated. They leaked. They had no water. <v Speaker>They had no electricity in many instances. <v Speaker>And they couldn't go to the bank. And they would just sort of forgotten people. <v Speaker>And we said somebody ought to be concerned about these folks because
<v Speaker>they are made in the image of God and they're precious to God, and they ought to be <v Speaker>precious to us. And so we formed a program called Partnership Housing and began <v Speaker>to build simple but decent homes for low income families <v Speaker>and use what we call the Bible finance plan or the economics of Jesus. <v Speaker>We said we won't charge any profit, we won't charge any interest. <v Speaker>We'll get volunteers to build these houses. <v Speaker>You helped build it. You helped design it. <v Speaker>And you move in and and you make your payments back. But they'll be low enough so you can <v Speaker>afford them, even people with very limited incomes. <v Speaker>So we started building way back there in 1968 and partnership housing program. <v Speaker>We built almost five years and then we saw that the concept worked. <v Speaker>It didn't seem like it should work in a capitalist society, but it was working. <v Speaker>And so we took the idea to Africa in 1973. <v Speaker>We worked over there for three years in the old Belgian Congo and a country today, which <v Speaker>is Zaire. And the idea worked there. <v Speaker>We came back to the United States in a little over 10 years ago. <v Speaker>We formed Habitat for Humanity as an umbrella organization under which projects
<v Speaker>could form all across this country and around the world. <v Speaker>And today we in two hundred and four U.S. <v Speaker>cities with these programs. We're in Canada and 18 countries overseas. <v Speaker>So it's an idea that started in a very remote corner of southwest Georgia. <v Speaker>But it's caught on and we just don't know where the end of it is. <v Speaker>We. Our goal is that we're going to eliminate poverty, housing in the world and get <v Speaker>everybody in a decent house. <v Speaker>The plan for a decent housing involve poor care. <v Speaker>Well, training volunteers, many of whom were not carpenters, but each of them learned <v Speaker>quickly the skills necessary for the job. <v Speaker>Now, here are a couple of guys who are sitting down on the job. <v Speaker>Excuse me, gentlemen, if you don't mind, could you just tell us briefly, what are you <v Speaker>doing with these plants? <v Speaker>Well, we're trying to decide how to lay out the roof system, the roof system, <v Speaker>according to what you have here. <v Speaker>What have you decided to do? Is it too complicated for us to know? <v Speaker>Not really. It's a hip roof. <v Speaker>We need to put the center ones up first and work out beyond on towards the outside
<v Speaker>with those. And we're just deciding which then we want to start with and which which <v Speaker>truss system we need to go with first. <v Speaker>The construction continued throughout the grueling heat as day after day brought <v Speaker>continuous progress. The moves were constructed as promised. <v Speaker>Each framed structure begin to take the shape of a house and with care, concern and <v Speaker>sensitivity of effort. Each house began to take the shape of a home. <v Speaker>
<v Julia Maulden>I spent a great deal of playing a great deal of frustration, a great deal of joy, put <v Julia Maulden>everything into plu perfect. That's what it's been to us. <v Julia Maulden>Oh, the remarkable camaraderie which has developed <v Julia Maulden>between and among people from all over. <v Julia Maulden>And the folks here in Charlotte, our families, our <v Julia Maulden>board members, our builders, our community, <v Julia Maulden>just a marvelous spirit. <v Julia Maulden>And it's hard to define spirit, but you can feel it. <v Julia Maulden>And I think the response of the community of Charlotte its tremendous <v Julia Maulden>rallying to what they perceive to be a very worthy
<v Julia Maulden>endeavor. President Carter said last night at a dinner that I attended with <v Julia Maulden>him that never in all his life, and he'd been all over the world, had he seen anything <v Julia Maulden>like the response of a community to a felt <v Julia Maulden>human need. <v Jimmy Carter>But is in Sumter county where I live, or Plains is in Sumter County, Georgia, <v Jimmy Carter>the habitat and the associations with Habitat have built almost 200 homes <v Jimmy Carter>already in one county, small county in Georgia. <v Jimmy Carter>But what we try to do is to kind of plant seed around the city of Charlotte <v Jimmy Carter>and the city of Los Angeles and the city Chicago, city of New York. <v Jimmy Carter>Plus 16 foreign nations see that with a very small <v Jimmy Carter>amount of money and a large amount of volunteer work and <v Jimmy Carter>the proper attitude towards poor people, oh, great magnification can be <v Jimmy Carter>realized in the effort and finances that go into it. <v Jimmy Carter>For us, it's a Bible says you don't charge any interest to poor people.
<v Jimmy Carter>So we don't charge any interest, then obviously we don't make any profit. <v Jimmy Carter>And a lot of the work is contributed free. <v Jimmy Carter>So, you know, these families have a good deal. <v Jimmy Carter>But the same time they have to make their monthly payments. <v Jimmy Carter>We don't give away anything and we take their monthly payments from habitat families all <v Jimmy Carter>over the world and use that money to build more homes for more poor people. <v Jimmy Carter>The churches, the people who live in this neighborhood themselves, <v Jimmy Carter>the city and county governments, the entire business, a finan- financial community, <v Jimmy Carter>have just been inspired, I think, to raise their money and do a tremendous amount of <v Jimmy Carter>preliminary work before these volunteers got here. <v Jimmy Carter>So Charlotte has been an inspiration to us, and I hope that we can mean as <v Jimmy Carter>much to Charlotte before we leave as a people in this great community have meant to us. <v Ronnie Holloway>I could hug everybody. <v Ronnie Holloway>Really could. I mean, this is a this is a dream come true for me right now. <v Ronnie Holloway>I work at the Néstor Corporation. I've been there three years. <v Ronnie Holloway>I'm a press work operator. I make steel frames. <v Ronnie Holloway>And in about 10, 15 years, I could have saved half the amount
<v Ronnie Holloway>of money to buy an existing home, not a new home, but an old home, and then I'd <v Ronnie Holloway>have to remodel some things in it. And I wasn't I really didn't want to do that. <v Ronnie Holloway>I would rather to have a house of my own. <v Ronnie Holloway>I promised my wife, believe it or not, seven years ago, that we'd have a home <v Ronnie Holloway>before I turned 30 years old, built from the ground up. <v Ronnie Holloway>I didn't know then that this was going to happen, but it has. <v Ronnie Holloway>I'm happy about it and I really believe she is. <v Speaker>There are countless blessings that emerge from the Habitat program, blessings that are <v Speaker>worth a lifetime of new self-esteem for its beneficiaries. <v Darlene Darby>Well, my experiences where I learned how to put down foundations <v Darlene Darby>and what to do and what not to do in a house, you know, <v Darlene Darby>there's some things you can do, some things that you can't do. <v Darlene Darby>So all I can say is, you know, that I have learned some things <v Darlene Darby>here. So if something happens to my house you know, I can go in there and fix it. <v Darlene Darby>You know, without having to pay money to get somebody else to do it. <v Darlene Darby>I might could do it myself.
<v Rosalyn Carter>There's no doubt that Habitat builds relationships and sometimes it gets well, <v Rosalyn Carter>always people who like us don't have to worry about a house or food to eat <v Rosalyn Carter>and so forth. It lets us learn so much about the needs of people. <v Rosalyn Carter>And also, it teaches people a trade sometimes <v Rosalyn Carter>I know in New York, I worked with a girl on her apartment, they have to spend so many <v Rosalyn Carter>hours from 500 on up working on their own house. <v Rosalyn Carter>And then they have to pay for it. And they feel so good about it. <v Rosalyn Carter>To pay the cost. But I worked with this girl in New York who had who had <v Rosalyn Carter>was struggling to make a living working in a kitchen. <v Rosalyn Carter>The second year we went back to help finish the apartment. <v Rosalyn Carter>She had been offered a job as she was as an apprentice in the <v Rosalyn Carter>in the union, in the buildings union. <v Rosalyn Carter>And she is now a carpenter, making a good living. <v Rosalyn Carter>People learn to lay brick, to lay tile, to do all kinds of things. <v Rosalyn Carter>And so not only have people have a home, but you teach them a trade. <v Abby Flanders>Joy and an overwhelming sense of brotherhood where the key sources of spiritual unity <v Abby Flanders>throughout the project, as home after home neared completion, you could feel the
<v Abby Flanders>intense love and fulfillment within the newly created neighborhood. <v Willie Wilkerson>I have received great experience here in Charlotte for this <v Willie Wilkerson>week from July the 26 to August the first. <v Willie Wilkerson>It has been fantastic. I have seen a lot of love. <v Willie Wilkerson>Much, much happiness. <v Willie Wilkerson>Lot of inspiration. A lot of brotherhood among all <v Willie Wilkerson>people. <v Speaker>It just it's just a wonderful organization. <v Speaker>And Habitat not only helps <v Speaker>build houses for people in need. <v Speaker>It gives people and communities hope. <v Speaker>Whether sometimes total hopelessness. <v Speaker>And I think that's so important. The world, too. <v Speaker>It was just another thing that Jim and I always think it's a good way <v Speaker>to put your religion into practice. <v Speaker>It has opened eyes in the city of Charlotte. <v Speaker>Wide, wide open. It had open eyes in this nation, <v Speaker>in the U.S., a wide open. <v Speaker>This is international. It has opened.
<v Speaker>As for many, many people who are very, very selfish <v Speaker>and don't want to give the time to help others. <v Speaker>It has broken eyes. It had broken the hearts of a lot of people because <v Speaker>when it died, they're not going take nothing with them. <v Speaker>And I think next year is going to double. <v Speaker>If we came back to Charlotte next year, we will be able to build twenty eight houses <v Speaker>instead of 14. <v Speaker>Do you think that that's a go for habitat? <v Speaker>Do you want to challenge the habitat people right now across the country to do just <v Speaker>that, to build 28 next year instead of the 40? <v Speaker>I'm not at liberty. I'm not an administrative position of it. <v Speaker>But just speaking of my core, I would challenge it. <v Speaker>I really would act. I can go around and get volunteer, see when people want <v Speaker>to do something. You can get more out of him. <v Speaker>But when you're paying somebody to do something, you can hardly get that much out of just <v Speaker>a limited amount of work. But these people have been gracious <v Speaker>for working. <v Speaker>I mean, they worked hard with a lot of inspiration. <v Speaker>They had been willing to work. They had been willing to follow instructions.
<v Speaker>They were more than willing to be geared to do the same thing <v Speaker>next year. <v Speaker>And I'll take my hat off that we could do double nature day five, <v Speaker>move in day and 14 families will spend their first tonight under a roof that they <v Speaker>helped to assemble during the course of the week. <v Speaker>Furniture, pictures, leftover parts of another life were gathered and carried into <v Speaker>each home, bringing together the best of something old with the very best <v Speaker>of something new. <v Speaker>What do you feel? <v Speaker>And no, you're right. <v Speaker>You can make steam,
<v Speaker>you know, from the. <v Speaker>Believe in yourself. <v Speaker>Right from the start. <v Speaker>You'll have brains, you'll have a. <v Speaker>And everyone pitched in to help with last minute choice. <v Speaker>This is day five for the Habitat program and you're coming down to the wire.
<v Speaker>We see that you have a floor that has been laid down and you're doing some work on <v Speaker>it. Tell us a little bit about what you're doing. <v Speaker>I'm mopping. <v Speaker>We didn't have a mop. So I had to do it with a rag. <v Speaker>But we're getting some paint on that little bit of paint on the floor and things like <v Speaker>that. And I'm cleaning up the tile. We're doing the finishing touches today, so we just <v Speaker>kind of looking for things that need to be done like this. <v Speaker>The emotional release for volunteers and homeowners was indeed overwhelming. <v Speaker>When I signed on as director of this project, I set <v Speaker>three goals. <v Speaker>The first goal was to participate in the House raising week nationally, and a second goal <v Speaker>was to do this project very well. <v Speaker>The third goal that I set was to engage the Charlotte community <v Speaker>and to let them understand about this type of Christianity. <v Speaker>This hands on, get out and do something for <v Speaker>somebody else type of Good Samaritan ism.
<v Speaker>And I wanted to do was to let the community know about it and throw <v Speaker>it up for grabs and see if we see if the community would want to engage in <v Speaker>the media, fell in love with a story and was able to tell the story the <v Speaker>way we wanted to tell the story. <v Speaker>And we thank you for that. <v Speaker>But the Charlotte community has grabbed a hold of this idea. <v Speaker>And it is my hope, as it was when I signed on, that little clusters <v Speaker>of influence, little satellites all around a Metroliner beat and met Hill <v Speaker>or in Huntersville or out on the west side of town or down the other side of Panvel. <v Speaker>These clusters kind of start with small churches getting together and saying, well, why <v Speaker>don't we do something like what they're doing and you don't have to go out and start <v Speaker>painting somebodies porch or reroof and somebodies house. <v Speaker>It could be just going to see some shut ins or an orphan or somebody who's <v Speaker>just recently been widowed.
<v Speaker>It's just the getting out and doing something for somebody else that Habitat's all about. <v Speaker>And that's what I hoped the message would be. <v Speaker>And I think. <v Speaker>I think that's what the message is. <v Speaker>Well, we came to Charlotte because we had a great deal of confidence in the leadership of <v Speaker>Charlotte. The city administration is composed of such fine people. <v Speaker>The business community, the church community and the leadership of the Habitat <v Speaker>organization here is just outstanding. <v Speaker>So we thought that if we came here to do an ambitious project like this, which is the <v Speaker>most single ambition, the single most ambitious project we've ever done. <v Speaker>We thought if it could work any way, it would work in Charlotte, and it has. <v Speaker>We started here on Monday with foundations and by Friday, 14 houses <v Speaker>were complete with shrubbery and trees and all the plumbing and heating and electrical, <v Speaker>and the families are moving in. So we made a wise choice. <v Speaker>Charlotte is an outstanding city, a city with a caring and concerned and loving <v Speaker>heart. And I don't think we've seen the end of what this city is going to do because a <v Speaker>city like this is going to go far.
<v Jimmy Carter>Well, it's been a lot better even than we expected, and we expected a lot. <v Jimmy Carter>The most important memory that everybody will take away from Charlotte is what <v Jimmy Carter>a wonderful, wonderful community this is. <v Jimmy Carter>And everybody cooperated with us and made us feel at home. <v Jimmy Carter>And we're generous for the time and for the money and with the prayers. <v Jimmy Carter>And obviously, we'll have 14 families who <v Jimmy Carter>will be delighted tonight when they're living in a brand new house, maybe some a decent <v Jimmy Carter>home for the first time. But you'll have 350 volunteers who are also delighted <v Jimmy Carter>and grateful that we've had such a wonderful week. <v Jimmy Carter>With furniture in place, trees and plants placed in picturesque locations throughout <v Jimmy Carter>the neighborhood. It was time to dedicate this site and to thank God for the <v Jimmy Carter>miracles of the week. <v Jimmy Carter>For me, this week will always be one of those rare high points in my <v Jimmy Carter>life because we've had 350 or maybe <v Jimmy Carter>400, I don't know, volunteers here from Charlotte, I think it was 26 or 28 states in the <v Jimmy Carter>nation,
<v Jimmy Carter>Canada to come together just for a week to experience <v Jimmy Carter>a great essence of Christian charity. <v Jimmy Carter>A lot of people from Charlotte have commented Oh we thank you Mr. President for coming <v Jimmy Carter>here and all these wonderful things you're doing I said, look don't thank me. <v Jimmy Carter>We thank you for making it possible. <v Jimmy Carter>We're just having a good time. <v Jimmy Carter>And this is [applause]. <v Jimmy Carter>I didn't get a good friend and I shall never forget, and I might have <v Jimmy Carter>learned a lot more about Christ this week just by <v Jimmy Carter>being with you. <v Millard Fuller>Well, what we will take is not only back to Georgia, we have people here from 28 states <v Millard Fuller>and two Canadian provinces, and what all of us are going to take back is
<v Millard Fuller>a spirit of enthusiasm. <v Millard Fuller>You can you can hear in the background what we are taking back with us, the excitement <v Millard Fuller>and enthusiasm. And a lot of these people come from cities where there are other habitat <v Millard Fuller>projects. They are going back home all fired up to help eliminate poverty housing <v Millard Fuller>in their city. And this is how the revolution spreads. <v Millard Fuller>We believe by 1996, we'll be in two thousand U.S. <v Millard Fuller>cities and we'll be in 60 countries outside the United States and we'll be building <v Millard Fuller>houses not three a day, as we're doing now in our worldwide program. <v Millard Fuller>A thousand houses this year, but we will be building houses by five, <v Millard Fuller>10, 15 or more an hour. <v Millard Fuller>So it's an exciting concept that's caught on and it's caught on in a really big way here <v Millard Fuller>in Charlotte. And Charlotte, as it is already a shining light and an example to other <v Millard Fuller>projects. And we'll we'll we'll be that and more so in the years to come. <v Abby Flanders>And now, at the end of the project, the familiar sound that had been heard all week. <v Abby Flanders>The victory cry for Habitat rang out over northeast Charlotte. <v Speaker>I suppose the most remarkable thing about the miracle on 19th Street
<v Speaker>is the way 400 people from all across <v Speaker>the country and Canada could come together and <v Speaker>under God's leading achieve what was done here in five days. <v Speaker>The miracle on 19th Street really didn't have anything to do with building houses. <v Speaker>It had something to do with giving some low income <v Speaker>families a break. <v Speaker>But the real miracle was in the hearts of the people. <v Speaker>And I think that. <v Speaker>The toughest thing for for anyone who professes to <v Speaker>be a Christian to do. <v Speaker>Is defined as a way to put <v Speaker>pants on the gospel, to make the gospel come alive and in <v Speaker>their lives and habitat is one of those things that is able to
<v Speaker>do that. <v Speaker>And when you take four or five hundred folks from the Charlotte community <v Speaker>in support and three to four hundred volunteers from all parts of the country <v Speaker>and bring them together, it's God's leading. <v Speaker>That ties this project together and makes it happen. <v Speaker>And that's the miracle. <v Speaker>[song plays]
Habitat For Humanity: Miracle On 19th Street
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"Because it shows an in depth view of the humanitarian effort in which fourteen house were built in five days. The program gives the viewer a chance to hear why people came from twenty-seven states and two Canadian Provinces to build houses for people they never knew. "It also gives the viewer a chance to see, to feel, and experience the emotional joy of the homeowners who were recipients of habitats compassion, Christianity, dedication and hard work. "It shows how people both nationally and locally came together for one purpose and one commitment. To help somebody in need."--1987 Peabody Awards entry form.
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