The Common Good
April 2011

A Fruitful Seed

by Rev. Robert Dean McNeil | April 2011

In your December 1979 issue, there was an article paying tribute to Clarence Jordan, founder of Koinonia Farm Community (“Clarence Jordan and Koinonia,” by Joyce Hollyday). With the information from that article, I did a biographical sermon on Clarence Jordan on July 13, 1980, at Portland’s First United Methodist Church, and sent a copy to Clarence’s widow, Florence Jordan. She got me in touch with Millard Fuller, one-time Koinonia resident and later founder of Habitat for Humanity. As a result, a small group of us began meeting to form the first Habitat for Humanity project on the West Coast. As of December 2010, 1,000 Habitat houses have been built in Oregon.

Thank you for planting the seed that has made such a difference in the lives of so many people.     

Rev. Robert Dean McNeil
Portland, Oregon

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