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Church of God Ministries partners to build Habitat for Humanity homes in the Gulf

CoastChurch of God Ministries joins Habitat to help low-income families affected byHurricane Katrina in Mississippi.

AMERICUS, Ga., (March 28, 2006)—Church of God Ministries, of Anderson, Ind., announced today that the organization will sponsor two houses to be built on the Mississippi coast as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Home Delivery program. In addition, the church will provide lumber and volunteer labor to help build the homes.

“It’s an exciting time for Church of God Ministries to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity,” said Obadiah Smith, coordinator of Compassionate Ministries for Church of God Ministries. “It is exciting for the Church of God to move from helping to rebuild individual lives to rebuilding communities.”

The homes will be built in partnership with two families who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The two three-bedroom homes are part of Habitat’s long-term recovery efforts to help low-income families in the area.

“We are so grateful that the Church of God is joining Habitat for Humanity to help low-income families who were affected by Hurricane Katrina,” said Rick Beech, director of Habitat’s Church Relations. “Churches have been instrumental in Habitat’s work over the years and this partnership is joining two Christian ministries working to make a real difference in the lives of families in need.”

Since Habitat for Humanity launched its Operation Home Delivery program in response to the massive devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, construction has begun or been completed on more than 178 homes. Habitat plans to build 1,000 homes in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, in partnership with hurricane-affected families by mid-summer of 2007.

About Compassionate Ministries of Church of God Ministries
Compassionate Ministries, of Church of God Ministries, Anderson, Ind., raises and distributes funds for hunger and disaster relief, working with Church of God (Anderson) congregations, individuals, and organizations, as well as reputable organizations outside the movement.

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.