For Your Work in Haiti: Thank You
    April 5 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    When tragedy strikes, such as the earthquake in Haiti, our hearts are gripped by the photos we see on television and the videos of people searching under the rubble for family members. The cry for help rings out and we respond, eager to do something, anything, to help.

    Yet, time passes and the media coverage lessens.

    The live reports are fewer and the newspapers have moved on to the next natural disaster. Aren’t most of us tempted to react the same way? Enthusiastic in the beginning about giving people in need our attention, but then little by little, without really meaning to, moving on and forgetting all about it?

    I am so grateful that North Carolina Baptists have not forgotten about the Haitian people. At the time I am submitting this column, N.C. Baptist Men has sent at least 12 volunteer teams, representing 150 volunteers, to Haiti.

    These medical teams worked around the clock seeing patients and saving lives. North Carolina Baptists sent 12,532 “Buckets of Hope” to Haiti. Each bucket will feed a family in Haiti for one week. Our goal was to send 10,000 buckets — thank you North Carolina Baptists for giving so generously. You will provide food for at least 526,344 meals in Haiti.

    Richard Brunson, executive director of N.C. Baptist Men, said from the outset and continues to say that North Carolina Baptists will be in Haiti for a long time. Scott and Janet Daughtry arrived in Haiti Feb. 2 to serve as our long-term coordinators in Haiti. The first phase of our aid in Haiti has been primarily medical. As we continue our work more teams will help with construction projects.

    I want to say thank you to North Carolina Baptists for your dedication to serving others. You have sacrificed time with your families to go serve in Haiti. You have sacrificed financially to make this work possible. You have been diligent in praying for those going to serve, as well as those who are being served.

    The Florida Baptist Convention is heavily involved in relief and evangelism efforts in Haiti. They have been ministering for 15 years as the Southern Baptist presence in Haiti.

    Recently I received expressions of appreciation from Dr. John Sullivan and Dr. Cecil Seagle of the Florida Baptist Convention for all that North Carolina Baptists are doing to help. Their convention is reporting that more than 58,000 people have accepted Christ since the earthquake hit.

    As you continue to give financially while others go, please pray that many more people in Haiti will hear the gospel and accept Jesus as their Savior. Also, be praying for the Christians in Haiti that God would use this time to strengthen their faith and that their faithfulness to Him will be a positive testimony to the gospel.  

    “…inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matt. 25:40
    4/5/2010 7:33:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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