AABMC members contribute $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity
Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention members meeting in Columbus, Ohio this week helped contribute $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity for housing in Haiti: Model of Haiti transitional housing on display during the Annual Session
Thousands of members of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention will be in Columbus this week for an annual conference. Many of the conference participants helped contribute a $500,000 gift from the African-American Baptist Mission Collaboration (AABMC) to Habitat for Humanity International as a part of their commitment to help Haitians rebuild their lives and communities. This contribution is the largest single donation given to Habitat by a faith community for its Haiti earthquake-recovery efforts. AABMC has committed to raise $50 million for Haiti.
“Creating housing solutions for families in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti is among the highest priorities for all of us,” said Dr. David E. Goatley, secretary and treasurer, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention. “Shelter is critical for people to build secure lives, and the partnership between the African-American Baptist Mission Collaboration and Habitat for Humanity is a unique expression of compassion and empowerment.”
Presidents from Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention; National Baptist Convention, USA; National Baptist Convention of America; National Missionary Baptist Convention of America; and the Progressive National Baptist Convention came together in January of this year and formed the African-American Baptist Mission Collaboration to create an opportunity to more effectively respond to the devastation in Haiti after the earthquake. The partnership with Habitat is one of the first to fulfill that mission.
“Habitat is currently providing housing solutions for families in Haiti recovering from January’s earthquake,” said Mike Carscaddon, executive vice president, Habitat for Humanity International. “Our overall goal is to serve approximately 50,000 families in Haiti, including approximately 3,000 in the town of Cabaret. This significant gift from the AABMC will be used for our work in Cabaret to help 630 families have shelter from the rain.”
The African-American Baptist Mission Collaboration represents more than 10 million Christians in the United States, most of whom are of African-American heritage.
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 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people.
Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention is an association of Baptist churches throughout the world committed …. The conference is taking place Aug. 9- 13 in Columbus.