Hurricanes & Helpers

by Meredith Snoddy


Want to serve with Baptists on Mission Disaster Relief in Eastern North Carolina? Want to donate funds to their relief efforts? Go to www.BaptistsOnMission.org  and pray. You may also contact Wanda, our Local Mission Coordinator or Pastor Phil

UPDATE 09/21/18
Thanking God that the Feeding Team made it to their destination and are now handing out meals. Today, the Governor confirmed that more flooding could occur due to rising lakes and rivers and that rescue operations were still occuring. As soon as possible, we will notify you of the next trip. As of today, we are looking at a departure of October 6. Contact Phil if you are interested in going. This is a great video from Baptists on Mission where they share that they (we) are now at 10 locations and hope to expand to 25. Thank you for continuing to pray! 

UPDATE 09/20/18
Pray now. Please read. NC DOT reports over 600 roads are closed in North Carolina and rivers are rising. Roads that were open today are expected to flood. Due to this and other circumstances, Pastor Phil’s Team is unable to report at this time. Pray for the rescheduling of that team. Pray too for the Feeding Team we’re sending tomorrow morning - that they can arrive and serve at their assigned destination. Continue praying for all affected and all serving. Also, here’s the latest update from Baptists on Mission who are serving at 9 locations in NC and with whom we are serving. Also, you can donate funds on their website. 

Let's all pray. Pray for those affected, for the helpers, for the first responders; pray for government officials and businesses providing assistance; pray for no more rain; pray for God's Spirit to move so that people will know Him as Savior and Lord; pray for transportation and resources to be available, as needed; pray that not one opportunity would be missed to share the love of Christ.

Times like these are great reminders to reach out to neighbors, family, friends with the love of Christ and the comfort of the gospel. People need the opportunity to tell their story and tell it without competition and without judgment. Listening, praying and serving are three of the greatest gifts you can give. 

"When God calls you to Himself, He also calls you to be a servant, an instrument in His redeeming hands. All of His children are called into ministry, and each of them needs the daily intervention this ministry provides. There is comfort in the gospel. Following His example means that we take the time to ask, listen, think...pray. We do this to bring the transforming grace of Christ to people as they really are in the midst of what they are really facing."
-- Paul David Tripp, "Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands"

During last Sunday morning's service, Pastor Brandon shared about the importance of prayer and corporate prayer. He said, "Pray to give us the courage to face the circumstances, for power equal to what's happening in your life. God wants to give you His divine enablement." I know I'm not the only one who thought of those affected by the hurricane and the helpers. But I thought of others too, here at home, who are encountering their own storms.

"As we experience the deep comforts of the gospel, which transcend circumstance and self-centeredness, we become comforters of the afflicted." (Gospel Transformation ESV Bible notes, also see 2 Corinthians 1:3-11)

Join us on Sunday, September 30 at 6pm for a Prayer Gathering: Boiler Room in the Worship Center.

Maybe you can go to serve with Disaster Relief in Eastern North Carolina, maybe you cannot. Either way, you can be an instrument, in His redeeming hands, to neighbors, friends, family, people in your path. Be prepared to share the hope you have.

Today, you may be the one in the 'storm'. Pray. We don't share that nonchalantly nor flippantly. We truly hurt with you. It's that we take God at His word -- He bends down to listen as we pray and we believe in the power of prayer and God's faithfulness.  When you can't verbalize a word, God's Spirit cries out for you and with you. He is there to offer comfort. His Spirit was given as your great counselor. You are not alone. There is not a dilemma that prayer doesn't cover and there is not a time that God doesn't hear our cries. 

We'd love to pray with you, submit a request here or call the office to speak with someone, 336-841-4334.

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Below are a few articles on Disaster Relief efforts:

As Florence Lashes, NC Baptists Shine
DR ramps up as Florence floodwaters rise
Operation Air Drop: Supplies to Hurricane ravaged areas

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