Daughtrys: ‘We’re just like anyone else’
    September 7 2010 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

    Don’t make Scott and Janet Daughtry out to be heroes of the faith: they’re not buying it.

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    Janet Daughtry, who helps coordinate the N.C. Baptist Men's disaster recovery project in Haiti, is warmly received at Victorious Kids Orphanage, built in part with recovery funds donated by North Carolina Baptists. See photo gallery.

    If they are anything more than ordinary Christians fulfilling a God-called task, Scott says, then other Christians will avoid taking on similar tasks.

    The Daughtrys are on-site coordinators for North Carolina Baptist disaster relief efforts in Haiti, operating from a rented house on a 66-acre missionary compound owned by Global Outreach. With just one break since Feb. 1 to attend the North Carolina Missions Conference, the steady duo has hosted 37 teams: feeding, housing, coordinating and transporting them as they conduct medical clinic and construction projects in the area north of Port-au-Prince.

    “When you’re in a place a long time people start to think there’s something special about us, and there’s not,” Scott said while hosting the largest team so far, 22 people who came with Scotts Hill Baptist Church from Wilmington. “There is nothing special about us except Jesus, and He’s what makes us all special.”

    From Selma, Scott is a retired North Carolina Parks Service ranger and area supervisor, and Janet is a retired Wake County Schools kindergarten teacher. They’ve coordinated or been involved in disaster response efforts in Honduras, Sri Lanka and Gulfport, Miss., as well. They were working at the Baptist Conference Center in Hawaii when they got the call to come to Haiti.

    “When missionaries spoke at church when I was little, I was the one on the front row drinking in every word — dreaming of faraway places,” Janet said while grabbing a stand-up tuna fish lunch in her kitchen. “I never thought I’d be in those faraway places.”

    Scott, on the other hand, says Janet is the motivation half of their team. “The Lord tells Janet, and Janet tells me,” he said.

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    Scott Daughtry buys another supply of bread for the ministry team from Wilmington, helped by Rodney, his driver and interpreter. See photo gallery.

    Janet, 62, and Scott, 63, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in June. She laughed, recognizing where they are and said, “Scott always promised to take me to the Caribbean for our anniversary.”

    Their Caribbean getaway is a long way from her grandparents’ farmhouse on 22 acres in Selma that they renovated for their own retirement home.

    They harbor no doubts about their role in Haiti, which is likely to extend through next August — the current timetable for N.C. Baptist Men to remain there. It is hard, relentless work. After they carry a departing team to the airport on Saturday, they go immediately to two or three grocery stores to find enough food for the next team, which arrives the following day.

    “That’s the hardest part, the 24/7 schedule with never any down time to do anything different,” said Janet. “Not that there is anywhere to go to do anything different.”

    She is a professional basket weaver and quilter, and led classes in those arts. Scott loves to hunt and fish. And he is a Shriner, walking in parades as a raccoon to raise money for hospitals. But pressing priorities push aside personal pursuits. Scott would like to go home, play with the grandkids and have a “normal life” for a while after Haiti, Janet said, “whatever normal is.” She admits to a strain of gypsy blood and realizes after she lists her dream vacation spots, they are all international locations.

    Scott says everything in Haiti is “just hard.” A trip to a new hardware store to get a refrigerator took three hours over bumpy, rutted roads, although the store was just 15 miles away. Two clerks count the roofing screws he bought one by one. Parts for the vans are not available and have to come in with the next volunteer team. Delays go on for weeks for things that could be accomplished overnight back home.

    “The hardest part is being gone from home,” he said. “I miss my grandchildren, my church, Wednesday night activities, my garden. My grandson Scott had his first piano recital and I wasn’t there. He’ll have other piano recitals, but he’ll never have another first one.” “The Lord never promised in any part of the Bible that following Him would be easy,” said Scott, turned theologian. “He said ‘take up your cross.’ I’m pretty sure that’s symbolism for a pretty hard walk.”

    He understands why people question the mind of God concerning the devastating earthquake and the death and misery it wrought.

    “We won’t have that answer on this side,” Scott said. “Beyond ‘why?’ the right question is ‘what?’ What do we do now? And we have a whole instruction book on that.”

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Jameson wrote about his experience while in Haiti. Follow his daily blog by reading the first entry.)

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