Baptist Men Disaster Relief in New England
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Posted on Sat, May 1, 2010
Teams working now in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
The following is an update from Gaylon Moss, director of the NC Baptist Men Disaster Relief Ministry on the current efforts of the Baptist Men working in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. His e-mail sites another e-mail from Lin Honeycutt of the NE Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Team who shares a touching account of one of the families that they assisted (note, if you would like to assist with the current efforts going on in New England, click this link):
To: Disaster Relief volunteers
Following is a summary of a report I received from Lin Honeycutt, On-site Coordinator in Rhode Island:
As you are aware, we have landed our operations in Warren, R.I. New England Baptist Administration has handed NCBM about 60 jobs although they have several hundred. NE Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, covering 6 States, has less than 250 volunteers. I personally was not aware of this until after I arrived. Because I have been so busy trying to find a home for NCBM, I have only assessed 4 jobs in 1 week. With only 200 churches in the NE Baptist Convention in 6 States, finding a church to house us is a big challenge. Last Wednesday, Tim Buehner, NE Baptist Convention staff person, and I assessed a job in Far River MA, just 15 minutes from our site. I met the homeowner Mr. Wordell, who is in his late 70’s. He was more than thrilled for us to assess his home damage. When I assessed Mr. Wordell’s home that was flooded, he shared that his son of 43 was upstairs dying with Lou Gehrig’s disease. When he sharing, I began to see a father’s eyes start to fill up with tears quickly by knowing he was going to lose his son in a couple of days. I too, felt the tears starting to come in my heart and my eyes as well. Although I personally have been blessed not to have lost a child, I truly felt his pain at that moment in a powerful way that words cannot describe. After the assessment we went upstairs and prayed over his son. When we left, Tim asked me how on earth I ended up calling Mr. Wordell out of all the jobs that we had on just a spreadsheet, no work orders? My reply was, I did not know. As Tim and I departed, on my way back alone to my Camp in Exeter RI, while driving, one thing became very clear. Mr. Wordell’s home would be the 1st home NCBM would work at in this disaster. In this ministry we often wonder why a family like Mr. Wordell would have to suffer a flood in his home while at the same time be losing a son. I cannot answer such a questions; however, what I do know is this... I had in my possession, more than 60 Assessment’s, and more than 15 of those Assessment’s from the town of Far River where Mr. Wordell lives. But God chose only 1 home for me to assess that late evening… Mr. Wordell’s. It is blessed experiences like this that truly keep me focused on what God has called me to do. Today, I have viewed this experience in a much deeper personal meaning concerning my Father in Heaven.
Your friend in Christ,
PS. Team 1 completed Mr. Wordell’s home today, what a joyous day it has been for this NCBM team!
Warren, Rhode Island is approximately 750-800 miles +/- from most North Carolinians. It will take 1 day (@ 13-14 hours) to drive there. If you would like to participate in the good work going on it Rhode Island, please form a team and return the attached form to help us plan for your participation.
Disaster Relief Director
North Carolina Baptist Men
P.O. Box 1107
Cary, NC 27512
800.395.5102 x 5605
Your generous giving to the North Carolina Missions Offering, and contributions through the Cooperative Program make the ministries of NCBM possible. Thank you!
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