N.C. Baptists serve Texans in massive kitchen setup
    October 7 2008 by Steve DeVane, BR Managing Editor

    N.C. Baptists fixed more meals for Hurricane Ike victims in one day than they had during any previous disaster relief effort, N.C. Baptist Men leaders said.

    N.C. Baptist volunteers prepared 58,000 meals in Baytown, Texas on Sept. 18, a record, according to Gaylon Moss who oversees disaster relief efforts for N.C. Baptist Men.

    The volunteers worked three shifts to fix that many meals, Moss said. Cooking around the clock, they prepared 10,000 meals by the time a typical operation would ordinarily start working, he said.

    The three N.C. Baptist feeding units in Texas have a maximum capacity of 70,000 meals a day. The N.C. operation is one of six feeding stations manned by Baptists from around the country since Hurricane Ike hit Texas Sept. 13.

    About 125 N.C. Baptists were working in Texas in early October. By then, the number of meals they were preparing had decreased to about 20,000 a day, Moss said. He said he expected feeding to gradually diminish through the end of October.

    As of Oct. 6, N.C. Baptists had prepared about 612,000 meals and washed about 1,600 loads of laundry.

    N.C. Baptists have also started recovery efforts, mostly using chain saws to remove downed trees. Moss said one man told N.C. Baptists that he had been working on cleaning up from the damage but seemed to be getting farther behind.

    “He said, ‘You guys saved my life,’” Moss said.

    Recovery efforts will likely continue at least through November and Moss is looking for volunteers. Although this disaster relief effort has not received much national attention, “The need is still there,” he said. “We need people to keep responding.”

    In an unrelated matter, Moss said the N.C. Baptist command unit trailer was damaged in a single-vehicle accident while on the way to a “show and tell” event in North Carolina.

    Insurance paid for repairs. No one was hurt, and no police report was filed, he said.

    10/7/2008 3:55:00 AM by Steve DeVane, BR Managing Editor | with 1 comments
    Filed under: Baptists on Mission

Cyrus B. Fletcher
The church where my wife and I attend [First Baptist Church of Baytown] is providing living quarters for the North Carolina Baptist Men's Disaster Relief teams that come to Baytown. The church also provides living quarters for The Red Cross Disaster Relief units that come to Baytown. All in all we are housing over three hundred "outsiders" from time to time. One group of seven from North Carolina cleared away a backyard of fallen limbs so they could mow the yard, blow off our roof, and rake and bag the debris. As a person who served for over six years on our Christian Life Commission here in Texas I thank God for North Carolina Baptist Men! You done real good, fellars! Cy Fletcher
10/9/2008 2:29:47 AM

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