"And i realize, Habitat [is] surrounding people with a love that is uncommonly inTentional and focused for a period of time, and hoping and praying that it will make a difference, not just for a weekend, but for a lifetime, and it does."
Millsaps Dye is a Methodist minister, currently living in Clarksdale MS. He was born there, in 1946, into a racially divided town and grew up without really noticing the division. It was only after he spent some time in college and other places around the US that he could look at Clarksdale and see the deeply rooted racial issues affecting people's everyday lives. Dye spent a little under 30 years ministering outside of Clarksdale, in, among other places, Mississippi State University, Delta State University, and, for 12 years, Junaluska, North Carolina. After coming back to Clarksdale, he got involved in habitat leadership through his friend Sister Pat. He started his Habitat work in Farrell-Sherard, Jonestown and some of Coahoma. Dye met Bill and Jane Sutton through Habitat, and helped them be able to send their son Matt, along with Anja Thiessen and Bianca Zaharescu to Clarksdale, to live with Dye as they worked.