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A time to build

Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity join hands to create homes

As Gary Hansen stood in a small village in Papua New Guinea, hammering away at the frame of a house he was helping build, his thoughts drifted thousands of miles and decades away, back to when his father--a carpenter--taught him to be a craftsman.

For 10 years he built houses--until he went to seminary.

Now as bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Hansen was reliving his youth and ministering to people in need in a concrete way.


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