Names like Hazel, Florence, Irene, Floyd, Harvey and Matthew are pleasant, innocent-sounding names until the National Weather Service assigns them to a deadly hurricane. For the rest of our life, the names are seared in our minds as a very difficult time when lives, property and cherished memories are changed forever.
Florence is not over, yet the damage is incredibly large across our state and some portions of our sister state to the south. I’ve been on the phone, texting, emailing and messaging people across the state in the five days since the storm made landfall near Wilmington. Some shared about limited or no damage to their homes and church facilities. Others could not give the same report. We still don’t know how many of our sister churches, associational offices and other Baptist facilities suffered damage.
As I write, many are still not able to return home due to flooding. Some have reported the storm’s destruction on social media. It’s not a pretty sight. I shared some of the good and bad stories in this week’s editorial
– but that was only a small picture of the stories I am hearing.
Your convention staff has been very busy reaching out to every church in the storm’s path. They are working hard to identify needs and report those to N.C. Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission. And your Biblical Recorder
staff is doing our best to keep you up to date.
Blue skies over Cary were a welcomed sight Tuesday morning. But that cannot mislead us to believing all is well. Many flooded rivers have not yet peaked. Many of our brothers, sisters and their neighbors are hurting. We have a great opportunity to live the principles and values of the Christian faith with generosity and sacrificial service. It’s happening as you read this. Let’s keep it up. Give generously to the North Carolina Mission Offering and the ministry of Baptists on Mission.