Raise funds for the Partners in Faith project, a collaboration of Habitat and the Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in Santa Ana, El Salvador.

I survived the 500 mile bike challenge through the wilds of Minnesota last July, and together WE raised over $5,500 for the Gethsemani Habitat community in El Salvador. For that, I say Muchas Gracias and THANK YOU

Fast forward a year, and I’m signed up to do the ride again (in a different part of MN—the route changes each year).

In 2012 we’re celebrating the 20th anniversaries of both the Habitat500 and Habitat-El Salvador, and my fundraising beneficiary will be the Partners in Faith project, a collaboration of Habitat and the Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in Santa Ana, El Salvador’s second largest city. This is the 150-member congregation that welcomed my 2009 Thrivent/Habitat group and many others to Sunday worship. Congregants worked with us, helping us build homes for total strangers, although most Cristo Rey members are too poor to qualify to purchase their own Habitat houses.

But through Partners in Faith, Habitat has committed to the construction of 15 homes for Christo Rey families in need of decent housing. Like all Habitat partner families, they will contribute sweat equity, attend financial education classes and pay back their loans—but these loans will be partially subsidized to make them more affordable. And Habitat will provide technical support to rebuild the original Cristo Rey church building that has been unusable since the 2001 earthquakes; the new structure will provide space for both worship and outreach ministries.

I hope you can help me reach this year’s goal of $7,000, which will pay for the building materials for an entire house. And I’m sending in a check for $1000—so we’re 1/7 of the way already!

I've paid my share of the ride's overhead expenses so your online donations, minus the 2.9% service charge, will go to work building homes. You can also donate by check and save the service charge--contact me to do that. Either way, your donations are tax-deductible .

And THANKS so much for your attention, your help and your friendship.

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