The start date for the Baptist Crossroads Project has been set, and it is June 5th!
On that date, the BCP, the largest single Habitat construction project by a single Christian organization, will commence in the City of New Orleans. The project was slated to build 40 houses in 2006. That was before Katrina hit. Now that goal has been multiplied tenfold, and our friend Rev. Dr. David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church, is leading the way. This article has the details. An excerpt:
“When Katrina happened I told the church, you know, maybe what God wants to do is 400 instead of 40. And I’m wide open to the prospect and possibility that, that may well happen.”
The effort excites Jim Pate with Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Orleans who was already impressed with the 40-house project.
“We checked with Habitat International and they in turn checked world-wide. The original 40-house Crossroads Project would be the single largest Habitat for Humanity project in the world by one single organization or denomination.”
... [Crosby said:]
“We’re going to try to bring a new city out of the flood zone and prayer is a key to it. We also can use volunteers from everywhere and all churches and colleges and youth groups.”
Also Dr. Joe McKeever, Director of Missions of the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans, has issued this call for volunteers:
We are asking every church to reserve the summer of ‘06 for the BAPTIST CROSSROADS PROJECT in which we partner with Habitat for Humanity to construct 40 new homes in a blighted area of New Orleans during a 10 week period. We’ll be needing $3 million and many hundreds of volunteers. This will transform a neighborhood, will elevate the Baptist witness in our city, will give us opportunities for ministry such as we have not imagined, and will get us acquainted as we work alongside our brothers and sisters from other Baptist churches. Dr. David Crosby is the chairman of the steering committee, and Mike Flores is the vice-chairman. Consider inviting either to speak at a meeting of the men or women (or both) of your church, and share the vision. (Contact them through First Baptist Church of New Orleans.) This may be the most exciting mission we have ever done in this city.
This summer is going to be exciting indeed! Thank you, First Baptist, Dr. Crosby, and brothers and sisters!
Information about the Baptist Crossroads Project is available at the organization's website at www.baptistcrossroads.org.