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Seven Baptist groups travel to Baton Rouge to build 12 houses in two weeks

AMERICUS, Ga. (April 12, 2007) — Volunteers from the Baptist Builders, a disaster response collaboration of Baptist organizations, will be working together in Baton Rouge April 23 to May 5 to build 12 Habitat for Humanity houses in partnership with families who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

“It is so exciting and so energizing to know that people care,” said Victoria Goff, national coordinator of volunteer ministries for National Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA. “The waters of Katrina washed away hope, but 450 volunteers are going to restore hope for 12 special families.”

The Baptist Builders have funded a total of 15 houses in Baton Rouge. Three homes were built last year by local groups and, for the April project, more than 450 volunteers from teenagers to senior citizens are expected to travel to the city.

“We are extremely grateful to all the Baptist conventions who are making this incredible blitz build possible. Their financial generosity is allowing us to build 12 homes with hurricane impacted families who have chosen to stay in Baton Rouge,” said Bob Slaven, executive director of the Baton Rouge Habitat affiliate. “Even more impressive is the fact that over 400 Baptist members from across the United States and Canada will be here lending their time and talents and enabling us to build these 12 homes in only two weeks.”

The Baptist Builders is a joint venture between the American Baptist Churches USA, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, District of Columbia Baptist Convention, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Alliance of Baptists, Canadian Baptist Ministries and the Baptist World Aid.

“This partnership is a wonderful example of a Christ-like response to despair. It is an awesome, practical response to an awful, natural and human tragedy, when Christians partner in the name of Jesus to make God’s love real and to exemplify Christian unity,” said Raafat Zaki, director of Church Relations at Habitat for Humanity International. “Habitat for Humanity is grateful for generous and loving efforts like these to make a difference in the lives of many families still suffering two years after Katrina. By faith we urge more Christians to live out the hope of our salvation, to love God and our neighbors as we are loved in Christ.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit