James E. “Jim” Burris, co-founder of Lexington and Franklin County Habitat for Humanity and currently vice president of the Kentucky organization, was presented the Church Women United 2013 Human Rights Award. The presentation was made at CCU’s 2013 Human Rights Celebration, “Breaking Down Doors of Injustice,” held Sept. 19 at Bridgeport Christian Church, 175 Evergreen Rd.
Burris is an architect and a member of First United Methodist Church. Following his wife’s death in 2006, he felt God’s call to become more active in the design of mission hospitals and medical clinics in Honduras, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
As a result of the medical ministry in Honduras, the following were implemented:
Annual medical/dental team trips taking as many as 35 professional and lay persons including physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, hygienists, veterinarians, medical equipment specialists, carpenters, and many others who come from several denominations;
A day care at the Fources Unitas Church so the mothers in the area can find jobs and work outside the home to help support their families;
An Internet café on the site to help fund the church’s local ministries;
A pharmacy to supply drugs for other teams that come to Honduras;
A bakery is planned to help feed the local people and raise money for the ministry;
A women’s clinic and out-patient surgery center;
Water filtration systems installed at schools, homes, nursing homes and churches; and
Renovating and equipping a Catholic church in the area.
Currently he is working with pastors who are pilots and airline mechanics to bring the gospel and medical supplies to the Mosquito Coast in Honduras.
After accepting the award, Burris thanked all those who work to make the mission a success, citing his personal faith and calling to help make this work a reality.
The offering taken at the event was sent to National Church Women United.