‘Coats for the City’ covers N.Y. with warm witness
    September 8 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

    Hindu and Muslim shopkeepers in New York City caught a glimpse of something extraordinary on a cold, blustery day, according to a December 2014 Biblical Recorder report. North Carolina Baptists had travelled more than 500 miles to hand out jackets, parkas, raincoats, pull-overs and other coats to underdressed N.Y. residents. The shopkeepers were impressed that Christians would work so hard to help local residents in need, the report said.
     
    The Great Commission Partnerships office (GCP) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) is partnering once again with the Metro New York Baptist Association (MNYBA) to organize an outreach event Nov. 12-15 called Coats for the City.
     
    The event’s website said the goal is to distribute 30,000 coats, along with a Bible or copy of a movie about the life of Jesus, called “The Jesus Film,” to impoverished residents in each of New York City’s boroughs.
     
    To achieve the goal they are asking N.C. Baptists to donate new or gently used coats from now until Oct. 5. There are 12 drop-off sites across the state (see list below), and a booth will be dedicated to coat collection at the BSC annual meeting Nov. 2-3.
     
    Donated coats should be sorted into men’s, women’s and children’s styles and placed into heavy-duty plastic bags, according to the event’s website. GCP also requests two-dollar donations with each coat to help cover the cost of Bibles and copies of The Jesus Film.
     
    Coats and cash aren’t they only items N.C. Baptists can donate to those in need.
     
    Time and presence are valued gifts as well. Volunteers may travel to N.Y. to help distribute the coats, along with hot coffee, tea and other warm beverages. Each volunteer needs to arrive in New York City by the evening of Nov. 12, according to GCP. A training session is scheduled for Nov. 13, as well as preparation for distribution the following day.
     
    Each volunteer should be prepared to pray and share the gospel with people they encounter on Nov. 14.
     
    The MNYBA has lodging available for 40 volunteers and can arrange other housing as needed. Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging cost.
     
    In the multicultural borough of Queens, church planter Boto Joseph, local church members and volunteers set up tables loaded with coats and welcomed long lines of local residents in 2014.
     
    “It’s Christmas, and we’re celebrating the birth of Christ by giving out free coats,” he said, according to a report by Mike Creswell, BSC Cooperative Program consultant.
     
    Dale Fisher, associational missionary for the Caldwell Baptist Association, said “We were set up in front of a neighborhood market and kept having to dust snow off the coats that were on display. It was amazing to see community residents come out in the snow to select coats and hear the gospel of Christ presented to them. … At the Queens location, it had been announced that coats would be available at 9 a.m. that Saturday morning, but people were waiting in line around 7 a.m.
     
    “This is tremendous project that helps to meet physical and spiritual needs. It’s a pleasure to participate in this worthwhile mission opportunity.”
     
    “This looks great,” said a well-bundled Robert Steele from Green Street Baptist Church in High Point, who brought five volunteers to N.Y.
     
    “We’re giving coats to Hindus and Muslims, people literally from all over the world. We’re giving them coats and hot tea and, more importantly … the love of Christ in a demonstrable way.”
     

    2015 Coats for the City collection centers:

     
    Western North Carolina
    Buncombe Baptist Association Collection Center:
    Buncombe Baptist Resource Center
    227 Hazel Mill Road, Asheville, NC 28806
    (828) 252-1864
    Collection Times: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
     
    Sandy Run Baptist Association
    Collection Center:
    Sandy Run Baptist Association Resource Center
    186 Puzzle Creek Road, Bostic, NC 28018;
    (828) 245-2613
    Collection Times: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
     
    Catawba River Baptist Association (CRBA)
    Collection Center: CRBA Resource Center
    1812 US 70 East Hwy., Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-0137
    Collection Times: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
     
    Truett Baptist Association
    Collection Center: Truett Baptist Association
    2235 NC 141 Hwy, Marble, NC 28905
    (828) 837-5401
    Collection Times: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
     
    Caldwell Baptist Association
    Collection Center: Caldwell Baptist Association
    208 Nuway Circle, Lenoir, NC 28645
    (828) 758-4081
    Collection Times: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
     
    Central North Carolina
    Rowan Baptist Association
    Collection Center: Enon Baptist Church
    1875 Enon Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28147
    (704) 657-3284
    Collection Times: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
     
    Pilot Mountain Baptist Association
    Collection Center: Pilot Mountain Baptist Association
    1105 Long Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    (336) 759-7622
    Collection Times: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
     
    Metrolina Baptist Association
    Collection Center: Metrolina Baptist Association
    328 West Carson Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203
    (704) 375-1197
    Collection Times: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
     
    Tar River Baptist Association
    Collection Center: Tar River Baptist Association
    92 NC 56 Hwy E, Louisburg, NC 27549
    (919) 496-7172
    Collection Times: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
     
    Eastern North Carolina
    First Baptist Church Dublin
    Collection Center: First Baptist Church Dublin
    7275 Albert Street, Dublin, NC 28332
    (910) 862-2277
    Collection Times: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
     
    Bladen Baptist Association
    Collection Center: Bladen Baptist Association
    137 Mercer Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
    (910) 862-3496
    Collection Times: Mon.-Thur. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
     
    South Roanoke Baptist Association
    Collection Center: South Roanoke Baptist Association
    606 Country Club Drive, Greenville, NC 27834
    (252) 756-4332
    Collection Times: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    9/8/2015 10:53:06 AM by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Filed under: Coats for the City, N.C. Baptists, New York City




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