Skip to comments.NC Baptists respond to need for help after Hurricane Sandy
Posted on 11/02/2012 4:04:33 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
About 75 North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM) volunteers are now on site assisting with response efforts after Hurricane Sandy. All three NCBM feeding units are serving in the New Jersey/New York area. The three large feeding units have a combined capacity of 80,000 meals per day. Recovery, administration and chaplaincy volunteers are also on site.
The Command Unit, along with large shower units, laundry units, generator units and recovery units, are on the ground and ministering. Recovery teams are already working in some areas and others will be organized as reports come back from assessment teams. With the recovery phase underway, many recovery volunteers are needed. We are asking North Carolina Baptists to do three things: pray, go and give, said Richard Brunson, NCBM executive director. Pray for people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and for the volunteers who are going to minister. Please pray for safety and the witness of our disaster relief volunteers. Please also pray that Gods love will be shown to hurting people and they will want to know more about our great God who loves them."
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They’d better be unionized Baptists.
This is another example of taking care of our own. The government sure isn’t
I didn’t know there was a baptist union?
They’re volunteers, lol. Quite well known for their disaster relief mission.
They went into Haiti, a few union malcontents won’t faze them.
A hot meal, a hot shower, potable water, and an army of volumteer recovery crews to help with cleanup is a Godsend.
They’re very efficient, and quick. The first unit was operational on Wednesday.
I lived in NC for 13 years. These are some of the most compassionate people in the world and they are proving just how much better the PRIVATE SECTOR is at doing things.
Yep—Just sent them a donation.
There’s a world of difference between parachuting in for a photo op then leaving immediately, and marshalling resources, people and material in order to go in and actually do something about it right then and there with a commitment to seeing it through, isn’t there?
I trust NCBM, Samaritan’s Purse and to an extent the Salvation Army to actually put donations to very good use. They get it done, no question about that. Other state Baptist groups as well as other denominations would do well to study and emulate the NCBM.
I cannot fathom what the USA will look like if we have four more years of that person.
Correction. Southern Baptist men all over the country respond to catastrophic events on a regular basis. (Those EVIL far right gun and Bible clingers)
Several men from my church are on their way to do the same thing. They are members of the Disaster Relief Team of the Southern Baptist Convention. They respond to disasters like this on a regular basis.
I was going to ask about this. I’ll have to send them a donation.
I’ve never heard about this specific group, but I know that the SBC relief organization is almost always on site first, even before the Red Cross and Salvation Army — and definitely the government. They don’t blow their own horns, so their efforts are pretty much ignored. (BTW, I’m not SBC.)
I was impressed. 80,000 meals a day. Hope they could get a unit into Staten Island.
I’m not Baptist myself, though many friends and family members are. It can’t be said that they don’t walk the talk. They get it done. Got to admire and respect that, whatever theological differences you may have.
I’m not Baptist, either ... not Salvationist or LDS ... but if an organization is getting disaster relief done effectively and without waste, I want to support them.
I’d like to see the kind of kitchen equipment that supports 80,000 meals a day ... sounds like what my family needs ;-). Wish I had those hot shower and laundry trucks, too.
There’s a video of them in action at the link. The setup reminds me of those SPEVCO mobile stage and festival setups, convertible trucks and large, seoarate tentlike structures, aluminum and PVC supporting waterproof vinyl panels. The potable water, don’t know just how they’re handling that, whether it’s a filtration and distillation process or what. It would have to be something along those lines, since it’s seen Third World use.
Ahhh, NCBM disaster relief! Something I am very familiar with, since I was trained and worked with these fine folks after Katrina. I am about to recertify in 2013.
Anyway, to answer a few questions, yes, they ARE the most efficient, well run relief organization I have ever seen. Believe it or not, we were allowed into areas of Gulfport, MS that FEMA wasn’t early on. Yes, they fed 75,000 people in two days after the storm in Meridian, MS. There are 3 feeding trailers now, with two capable of feeding 35,000 each and on capable of 25,000 per day. The way they make meals, serve and clean up if absolutely amazing. We went to Gulfport 6 weeks after the storm to cover roofs and tear out to prepare homes for rebuilding, the NCBM stayed in Gulfport for 3 years and rebuilt 700 homes, IIRC. Nothing was wasted and they had people in charge who would check out applicants and the homes before work was done to ensure safety and to make sure there was a need.
If you want to donate, they will take anything you want to give. I believe you can donate online, too, at their website: www.ncmissions.org. Baptist or not, it is by far the most efficient, best run organization for this kind of work you will ever find. They were staging in Meridian and were in Gulfport 2 days after the storm, before FEMA and the Red Cross were there.
And if you don’t believe God has His hand in what they are doing, I can personally attest to it as I watched ever meal served to workers like me and people who had lost everything and when the last person went through the line, they were scooping out the last morsel from the pots. People who came to work who brought things they tout someone might need, like one of our crew driving an older car he had but rarely drove. He said he wanted to give it to someone in need. It sat all week until the day he left early when a young couple came into the church looking for assistance. They had a home damaged, but had lost everything, including their car. He just happened to overhear them say that, walked up to them as they finished up the paperwork and handed them the keys. The young mother broke down in tears because she had been praying for help because she had a job interview in another county and they had one car borrowed from a friend, a small child and her husband working any job he could find. The friend needed the car back and they were about to be without any way to get where they needed to go, but there was this man and his older car, still in good shape, who God placed where there was a need.