‘Bionic’ men, women make up N.C. Baptist Men
November 18 2010 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM) volunteers respond. When disaster strikes, they pack up and move out. In 2010 Baptist Men have already covered 14 different disasters and performed 800 disaster recovery jobs involving 10,000 volunteer days.

“These are bionic men and women,” shared a woman who was helped through one of the NCBM mission camps — Red Springs and Shelby. Her house had been condemned, but through the work of volunteers, she can now feel safe. “We want to take compassion out into a hurting world,” said Larry Osborne, coordinator for Red Springs.

With five large disaster relief feeding units, North Carolina Baptist Men can feed up to 70,000 people in a day.

In the annual report to messengers of the Baptist State Convention Nov. 9, NCBM Executive Director Richard Brunson thanked messengers “for praying, giving and going.” The North Carolina Mission Offering is split between NCBM, church planting, mission work camps, mobilization ministry projects and associational projects. “Every Christian is called, gifted and sent,” Brunson said.

He said God “delights in taking ordinary people and using them as only God can do.”

Some highlights:

Through Aviation Missions, more than 300 medical mercy flights have been provided.

Two 40-foot medical/dental buses have allowed 1,500 dentists, hygienists and nurses to volunteer.

Almost 1,300 students participated in Deep Impact Student Missions.

Brunson also talked about some of NCBM’s 15 different partnerships.

More than 600 volunteers have worked in Vermont and Pennsylvania this year, and around 345 have gone to the Rocky Mountain region.

The Hawaii-Pacific Partnership is requesting help renovating its version of Caswell, N.C.’s retreat center.

Since North Carolina Baptist Men have been partnering with Armenia, the number of churches and baptized believers have more than doubled.

About 250 volunteers worked in Honduras and 100 went to work with partnership in Cuba.

In Haiti, 50,000 people have been treated by medical teams since the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Through its partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, 500 shelters have been built. More than 500 volunteers have gone already this year.

Before the 2004 tsunami churches in Sri Lanka were few and could expect persecution. Now, because of the work of volunteers, hundreds have come to know Christ.

In Kenya, volunteer teams can construct four houses in a short mission trip.

In one of the most unreached people of the world and the poorest state in India, Baptist Men are working in Bihar, India, to help villages have access to clean water. In the last four years 500 wells have been built. Churches or groups can adopt a village and provide a well, medical clinic, Bibles, hymnals, and church planters working with villages.

“God is doing amazing things in Bihar,” Brunson said.

In 2011, Baptist Men start a new partnership in Guatemala. Volunteers are needed to build a leadership training center.

“Thank you for allowing us to help you be a missionary,” said Brunson.  
11/18/2010 7:00:00 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 1 comments




Comments
Gene Scarborough
Isn't it a shame we fuss and fight over theological issues of little import, yet fail to make our ministry to the world a source of rejoicing.

How many articles like this appear in the public media?

These days, after all the State Baptist Meetings across the country, the average American is pretty well convinced we love to fuss and fight---and make rediculous resolutions full of judgement and condemnation.

Let's major on ministry and minor on theological minutia so that children--both physical and spiritual--are drawn to a community of love and service. Jesus called for such!!!!
11/22/2010 8:18:45 AM
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