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Baptists to open homes during SBC to ministers, missionaries in need

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Ministers and missionaries planning to attend the Southern Baptist Convention — but facing tight budgets — are being offered lodging in the homes of New Orleans Baptists.

The housing assistance is being sponsored by the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans and the Local Arrangements Committee helping to plan the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in the Louisiana Superdome.

The guest housing will be available beginning Sunday night, June 10, for attendees of such pre-SBC meetings as the Pastors’ Conference and Woman’s Missionary Union. Some housing also may be available for participants in the Crossover New Orleans evangelistic outreach June 9.

“We are excited to have Southern Baptists coming to New Orleans for Crossover New Orleans and the convention meetings,” said Fred Dyess, director of missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. “Our desire is to extend hospitality to all our guests and a place to stay for those who need it.”

To qualify for housing assistance, applicants forward a letter on their church letterhead verifying they are current or retired ministerial staff or missionaries and are credentialed as messengers, as well as providing their address and phone number.

The host families are not being asked to provide meals, and no pets can be housed, but applicants are asked to note any handicaps or other special needs.

Requests should be sent by May 1 to New Orleans Baptist Hospitality, 9220 Jefferson, New Orleans, LA 70123; e-mail, [email protected]; or fax, (504) 737-8101.

First Baptist Church, Orlando, Fla., initiated the effort to provide guest housing for ministers and missionaries on tight budgets yet wanting to attend last year’s SBC annual meeting in Orlando.