Offering help, hope after the storm
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Many people from across the country have witnessed the destruction and devastation that Hurricane Florence brought to our state when the storm made landfall along the North Carolina coast in mid-September.
But even in the midst of such tragedy, many people from across the country have also witnessed the love of Christ on display as hundreds of disaster relief volunteers from North Carolina and beyond have responded to provide help and hope in Jesus’ name to the thousands who have been impacted by this storm.
Hurricane Florence has been classified as one of the rainiest storms ever to hit the United States, and it resulted in unprecedented flooding in eastern North Carolina. Many of the people in the areas that were affected by Florence were still recovering from Hurricane Matthew just two years ago. The effects of Hurricane Florence will be felt across our state for a long time to come, and by God’s grace, North Carolina Baptists plan to be there to help those in need.
I’m thankful for the many men and women who are loving and serving others in the aftermath of the storm. I am overcome by the show of support from fellow Southern Baptists in other states as well as the North American Mission Board who have sent equipment and disaster relief volunteers to help our state in a time of need.
Local and national media coverage of the storm and its aftermath have put a spotlight on the relief efforts of North Carolina Baptists. Many of you saw or read about our state’s governor and our nation’s president when they visited our large-scale feeding operation set up at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, N.C. What a joy it was to see all of the N.C. Baptists on Mission (NCBM) volunteers in yellow shirts alongside Gov. Cooper and President Trump as they joined in distributing food and encouraging the hurricane victims in the days immediately following the storm.
Thank you for your prayers during these difficult days. I greatly appreciate the extra time and efforts many of our Baptists on Mission staff members are giving as they are literally working around the clock to help coordinate all the disaster relief volunteers and efforts across the state. I want to also acknowledge my gratitude to Richard Brunson, NCBM executive director, and Jack Frazier, who is a new employee of the Baptist state convention and NCBM. Jack is our new disaster relief director who began his employment with us just days before the storm hit our state. Please keep all of these people and the victims in your prayers in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Also, thank you for giving financially to support the disaster relief efforts. Since the storm, contributions have come in from almost every state in the continental United States. Disaster relief is one of the many ministries that is supported by your gifts to the North Carolina Missions Offering.
Finally, consider how God may be leading you to go and serve others during this time. You can be the hands and feet of Jesus and point them to the One who provides ultimate hope and healing. Baptists on Mission have more information about how you can get involved on their website. Visit baptistsonmission.org to learn more.
“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33b (NKJV)