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Lutheran Volunteers On Habitat Building Blitz

Habitat for Humanity volunteers are building a half dozen new homes in the Sweetbriar subdivision of St. Martin.

More than two dozen volunteers are with the group Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

"Thrivent has an alliance with Habitat for Humanity that is providing $125,000,000 towards Habitat for Humanity. And that's just in a four year period," said volunteer Larry Moore of Indiana.

Those doing all the hammering and sawing come from many places in America.

"We're from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kansas," said Moore.

Ohio's Elaine Koch is catching on with the hammering, but may catch flack over her sweatshirt in SEC country. She proudly wore an Ohio State shirt.

"Well, I'm in Mississippi so I had to wear Ohio State," she said, predicting a Buckeye victory over LSU for the national championship.

Dale Oelker is a Hoosier with a heart for sharing. This Habitat project and mission trip seemed the perfect fit.

"You see progress almost immediately. We started with just a slab on Tuesday morning and now we've got framed walls and it really starts to look like a house. Each day you see a lot of progress and that's pretty rewarding," said Oelker.

The building blitz in St. Martin is the latest indicator of Habitat for Humanity's success in the area. This week alone, Habitat will dedicate a half dozen homes in Jackson County.

Dedicated Lutherans from the Midwest and Northeast are the latest participants in that success story. They'll take home memories and more.

"Many laughs, and some smashed fingers!" said Larry Moore.

Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast hosted a home dedication in St. Martin Thursday, not far from the construction site. Five more dedications are happening in Gautier on Friday.

By Steve Phillips

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