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  • Rebuilding: Many residents still trying to dig out of devastation

    July 24 2017 by Emily Rojas, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Rebuilding: Many residents still trying to dig out of devastation

    In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina, leaving damaged and destroyed homes in its wake. Since then, N.C. Baptists on Mission, also known as Baptist Men, have made restoring and rebuilding some of these homes a top priority through its disaster relief ministry.

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  • ‘Go-to’ agency commits to long-term recovery efforts

    May 31 2017 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    ‘Go-to’ agency commits to long-term recovery efforts

    Packed with prayer, a building dedication in Lumberton brought local and state leaders together. “Sat., Oct. 8, 2016, is a date many people in Eastern North Carolina will never forget,” said Richard Brunson, executive director of North Carolina Baptists on Mission, during a ceremony to dedicate a new hub for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

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  • Colerain church perseveres through storms

    January 9 2017 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer | with 0 comments
    Colerain church perseveres through storms

    Christmas came a few weeks early for Wakelon Baptist Church in Colerain, N.C., a church that pushed through some challenging months in 2015. Members saw new stained glass windows installed in the sanctuary during the first week of December, months ahead of schedule.

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  • Church’s Christmas story undaunted by hurricane

    December 30 2016 by Lee Weeks, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Church’s Christmas story undaunted by hurricane

    Michael Arnold and his family were among hundreds of St. Augustine residents who fled their homes two months ago as Hurricane Matthew trailed close behind. And while St. Augustine didn’t take a direct hit, coastal flooding from its storm surge and near-hurricane-force winds wreaked havoc and destruction.

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  • Benefit concert aids Baptists on Mission

    December 28 2016 by Tim Stevens, Special to the Recorder | with 0 comments
    Benefit concert aids Baptists on Mission

    Perhaps the best description of the Three Phantoms in Concert Hurricane Matthew Benefit came from one of the organizers of the event at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium. “This is something that your God did,” she said. The concert featured three Broadway actors who have played the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s megahit, Phantom of the Opera.

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  • Church partnerships assist Hurricane Matthew victims

    December 28 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Church partnerships assist Hurricane Matthew victims

    Although months have passed since Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction in its wake, many individuals and churches in eastern North Carolina still have significant needs. N.C. Baptist Men is providing churches across the state a chance to lend a helping hand to those impacted by the storm.

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  • Disaster relief having impact on communities

    November 15 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Disaster relief having impact on communities

    More than 60 people devastated by Hurricane Matthew have responded to the gospel, thanks to the ongoing relief efforts by North Carolina Baptists. Members of the Executive Committee of the Baptist State Convention’s Board of Directors heard updates and testimonies about Hurricane Matthew relief and other reports during their meeting held prior to the BSC Annual Meeting.

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  • Leaders expect long recovery after Matthew flooding

    November 15 2016 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Leaders expect long recovery after Matthew flooding

    Now that more than a month has passed since Hurricane Matthew, “most people are over the initial shock,” said Alan Taylor. “With any disaster, it always hits the people who are least able to handle it,” he said. “Robeson County is already a poor county. These folks don’t have anything.”

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  • Concerts benefit Matthew recovery efforts

    November 14 2016 by BR staff | with 0 comments
    Concerts benefit Matthew recovery efforts

    Three stars from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will perform Nov. 29-30 to raise money for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. “The Three Phantoms” will be at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh in Memorial Auditorium.

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  • She overcomes illness, serves hurricane survivors

    November 7 2016 by Josie Rabbitt, NAMB | with 0 comments
    She overcomes illness, serves hurricane survivors

    Jean Freeman felt useless. Months before Hurricane Matthew hammered the East Coast, Freeman was lying in a hospital bed fighting her second round of cancer. Yet Freeman, who is a member of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Lumberton, said she was quickly reminded of God’s “ability to use anybody” after the hurricane hit.

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  • Hurricane Matthew DR volunteers needed in N.C.

    October 25 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hurricane Matthew DR volunteers needed in N.C.

    Disaster relief volunteers are urgently needed to help North Carolina residents recover from flooding damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew, said Richard Brunson, executive director of North Carolina Baptist Men. “Teams are needed to help individuals and families remove the wet furniture, floors, walls and other items as needed. … for many months to come,” Brunson said.

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  • Hurricane-hit Haiti & Cuba draw Baptist relief

    October 12 2016 by Margaret Colson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hurricane-hit Haiti & Cuba draw Baptist relief

    Florida Baptists are already on site providing aid in Haiti, where nearly 1,000 people have died from Hurricane Matthew and scores more are sickened by cholera. Craig Culbreth, the Florida Baptist Convention’s catalyst for missions and ministries, said the state’s Disaster Relief volunteers are already on the ground assessing need and strategizing response.

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  • Disaster Relief volunteers serving Matthew survivors

    October 11 2016 by Joe Conway, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Disaster Relief volunteers serving Matthew survivors

    While Matthew was still churning up the U.S. eastern seaboard as a Category 4 hurricane, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were already preparing hot meals for storm evacuees in Florida. Meal preparation numbers in the thousands as multiple teams and kitchens from other states began operations Oct. 10.

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  • Rivers continue to rise behind Hurricane Matthew

    October 10 2016 by K. Allan Blume and Dianna L. Cagle, BR staff | with 0 comments
    Rivers continue to rise behind Hurricane Matthew

    North Carolina continues to reel from the after effects of Hurricane Matthew. As rising rivers have yet to crest in many areas, North Carolina Baptists are responding where they can. North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM), also known as Baptists on Mission, is responding to the crisis as quickly as conditions will allow.

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  • Hurricane Matthew: Cuba is disaster relief focus

    October 10 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hurricane Matthew: Cuba is disaster relief focus

    Though media reports of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in the Caribbean have tended to spotlight Haiti, the Southern Baptist humanitarian organization Baptist Global Response plans to focus its relief efforts on Cuba, where the damage reportedly is “massive” and humanitarian aid more sparse. Eastern Cuba seems to have “received a lot more infrastructure damage.”

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