HURRICANE FLORENCE DISASTER RELIEF

See Below for Updates!

 

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Rest in the Lord - A Ministry of Dortches Baptist Church in Rocky Mount Benefitting Those Affected By Hurricane Florence

 

HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATES 

Monday, November 5, 2018   

We spent the morning raking up bits and pieces of someone’s life. Imbedded in the mud and stench left by the receding flood waters, there were broken dishes which once served family dinners, a Thomas the Train caboose that used to delight a child, Christmas garlands draped in soggy cardboard, a once-cozy blanket now dingy and
saturated . . . all pulled from the shell of a home and 
strewn across the yard. It seems unjust somehow that families who already had so little now have their lives stripped down to the studs and heaped along the roadside. It seems unfair that people tucked away, unseen by the tourists passing through town, must now trust their homes, indeed their entire community, to the charity of those same strangers. But there were glimmers of hope amongst the rubble: a kitten that emerged from under an abandoned trailer to welcome us to her home, a little boy whose dimples were bright enough to light up the entire town, a well-worn older man whose somber eyes and firm handshake conveyed his gratitude, and a missionary whose love and joy sparkled in the Carolina sun. It is sad to think that we will probably never meet the people whose ruined belongings we piled by the curb today. But I hope they can feel the prayers of the people whose stories intersected theirs for a brief, sacred moment. I hope they can somehow sense that the heart of Christ has passed by their home and left a blessing.

–Elizabeth Jones Edwards
Associate Minister, Lakeside Baptist Church  |  Rocky Mount, NC

 


 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018   

Volunteers are desperately needed for recovery work. While teams who can commit several days or weeks are needed,
even those who can contribute one day of labor are extremely helpful. Many North Carolinians are close enough to drive down on a Saturday and give a day.
No contribution of time and labor is too small. 

 

CBF-Coordinated Efforts 
We have identified two neglected areas to focus our recovery efforts and have hired part-time contract coordinators to organize that work. 
Daynette Snead is directing our work in Trenton, the seat of Jones County, adjacent to Craven County. Volunteers can be housed and fed at First, New Bern. For information about the needs and opportunities there, contact Daynette (
Daynette@diaspra.com).  

Todd Padgett is directing our work in Columbus County. Whiteville is the county seat. Volunteers can be housed and fed at First, Whiteville. For information about the needs and opportunities there, contact Todd (toddpadgett35@gmail.com).

Volunteers for both sites must sign up through CBF Global - https://cbf.net/dr-eastern-carolinas


Ministry Grants

Thanks to the generosity of Cooperative Baptist friends in NC and beyond, CBFNC has established a fund to support ministry efforts in the affected regions.
Grants have already been given to help with recovery efforts in Wilmington, Trenton and Whiteville.

To give, click here: https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=122157

To apply for a grant, click here: http://www.cbfnc.org/missions/hurricane-florence-grant-request

  



Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

We are a month out from Hurricane Florence, for many the work continues and will continue for months to come. CBFNC is continuing our focus on supporting the on-going work in Jones County (Trenton) and Columbus County. Daynette Snead is heading up recovery efforts in Trenton. To date they have had 102 volunteers and have 77  more committed to serving in Trenton from now until mid-November. Their work continues to be cleaning out houses to prepare them for rebuilding. It could be up to three weeks before some of the houses are completely dried out and ready for contractors to assess the damage. Once this has taken place we will need volunteers to head to Trenton to help these families rebuild. Please contact Daynette Snead (Daynette@diaspra.com) to volunteer or for more information. CBFNC and CBF Global are partnering to provide volunteer ministry coordination in Columbus County, with teams being housed at FBC Whiteville. More information, including volunteer opportunities, will be provided soon. 


Dortches Baptist Church in Rocky Mount is currently accepting donations for their ministry project, Rest in the Lord, that provides quality mattresses to those in need. This project began in 2016 after many in Edgecomb County were affected by Hurricane Matthew. Dortches has a goal of providing 30 mattresses to those affected by Florence throughout Southeast NC. They are are 15% of the way there. To donate or  for more information about this ministry, visit: www.dortchesbc.org/rest/

CBFNC has received donations we will distribution to our churches in affected areas, for them to effectively minister to those in their communities. Please see the Grant Application on our website for more information.

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 

As the response to the disaster caused by Hurricane Florence shifts into longer-term recovery, there are still great needs in all of the affected regions.

Volunteer opportunities are available through Baptists on Mission and CBF Global.

CBFNC is focusing attention at this time on two neglected areas
Trenton and Columbus County. While the needs are tremendous throughout eastern North Carolina, 
these two have been identified as high needs/low resources.

For information on how you can help in these two areas, contact the following leaders:
Trenton - Daynette Snead (Daynette@diaspra.com)
Columbus County  - Ryan Clore (fbcwhitevillepastor@gmail.com)
 
We are grateful for the generous outpouring of support already received from the CBFNC community. 
We welcome additional gifts for Florence response, which can be given here.
 
 

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 

CBFNC leaders continue to stay in regular communication with church leaders in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence. In particular, we are receiving regular updates from churches in the following counties: Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Jones, New Hanover, Robeson and Wayne.
 
Here are the themes that emerged from our most recent conversation:
 
From Relief to Recovery
While there are still needs for food and emergency supplies in some areas, in general, the situation in most areas is shifting from immediate relief to long-term recovery. Businesses, schools and churches are re-opening in many areas, though there is great need for repair work on houses that were flooded or suffered wind damage. Many people in each of these counties have been displaced from their homes.
 
Partnership
Churches have received help from a variety of sources. Of course, Baptists on Mission and CBF are on the ground in eastern NC, and are our primary partners, but CBF churches are also working with Mennonites, Salvation Army, and other groups. In fact, through our CBFNC collaboration, churches in areas with lesser needs have been able to re-route volunteers to areas of greater need. A good example is Scot McCosh (pastor of Mt. Pisgah, Fayetteville) who was able to connect a group from Alabama with Ryan Clore (pastor of First, Whiteville). That group is being housed at First, Whiteville while they serve in Columbus County.
 
Workers Needed
Workers are needed to help with debris removal, drywall tear-out, mud-out, and other tasks. There are many volunteer opportunities, and we would refer you to two in particular:
 
Housing Availability
Paul Burgess (pastor, Winter Park, Wilmington) and Matt Cook (pastor, First, Wilmington) report that housing for volunteer teams is available in their churches. Other churches (e.g. Godwin Heights and First, Lumberton; First, Whiteville; First, New Bern) are also housing volunteers, but are full at this time. We will notify you when housing becomes available at these churches.
 
Long-term Needs
Recovery from Florence will take a long time. Workers and funds will be be needed for months, and perhaps years. Donations given to CBFNC Disaster Response will be used by churches in the affected regions to minister in their communities as they maintain a long-term presence. You may donate here: https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=122157
 
From Katrina to Florence
Scott Thrailkill (associate pastor, First, Goldsboro) reports that their church worked with CBF in Pearlington, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, over a decade ago. Recently, residents of Pearlington reached out to First, Goldsboro, with offers of assistance. Through networking in our fellowship, the resources from Pearlington are being deployed in eastern North Carolina. We never know how the ministry we provide in one situation or season may bear fruit in another, in ways we might never imagine!
 

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 

No doubt, many of our churches affected by Hurricane Floyd have small business owners who have been affected by property damage, road closures, and lack of fiscal resources. The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina has banded together to take calls and provide assistance to small- to mid-size businesses needing immediate help in recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Florence. Partners in the response offer services including help with developing post-storm recovery strategies, access to short-term capital to support immediate cleanup costs and cover lost revenue, and longer-term programs to repair physical damage and recover from more significant economic losses. North Carolina’s hurricane-related collaboration of federal, state, and nonprofit partners has created NC Open for Business, a one-stop-website, at to more efficiently assist the state’s business owners in their disaster recovery efforts. Businesses affected by the hurricane can find a step-by-step guide on what to do once the storm has passed and the waters have receded. Resources are updated daily.
 

Help for Small Businesses:  The Small Business Administration is making special loans available for businesses affected by Hurricane Florence. For more information, click here.

 


Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

NOTICE FROM THE REALTORS RELIEF FOUNDATION
Click here to access a notice from the Realtors Association.  This document derscribes how to obtain financial assistance of up to $1,500 for hurricane survivors who were forced to leave their rental or mortgaged home. Please share resource this with your congregations and communities. 

 


 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

 

We trust that Cooperative Baptists across North Carolina and beyond continue to pray and support our brothers and sisters in eastern NC who have been impacted by the winds and floods produced by Florence. In addition to volunteer opportunities offered through North Carolina Baptists on Mission, here are the most recent updates:

Supplies for Lumberton - The city of Lumberton is receiving the following supplies for Robeson County. They should be delivered to 2300 N Cedar Street in Lumberton.

Toiletries (including dental supplies)
Diapers (child and adult all sizes)
Baby Formula (all types) & wipes
Underwear & Socks (adult and child - male and female)
First Aid Items
Factory Sealed Medications
Cleaning Supplies
Can Goods
Blankets and Bed Pillows
Box Fans
Hand Sanitizer
Bottled Water
Work Gloves, Utility and Latex/Nitrile Gloves
Flash Lights w/ Batteries
Trash Bags
Heavy Duty Cleanup Bags
Boxes


If you prefer, you may donate supplies for Robeson County directly through Amazon by clicking here.

Help for Trenton - Rick Burnette and Alan Williams from CBF Global Disaster Response have come to North Carolina and visited some of the affected communities in our state. They discovered a neglected community, Trenton, outside of New Bern, that has received no outside help. As work can be organized there, they will invite Cooperative Baptists from outside North Carolina to participate in ministry in that community. Of course, CBFNC folks are welcome to join in. If interested, contact Alan Williams (alan.williams@cbf.net, 404-270-0772).

Church Leader Collaboration - CBFNC conducted a second conference call on Monday for pastors and church leaders in the affected regions. The situation in most communities is becoming more stable and response is shifting from immediate crisis to recovery. Columbus County is an area of great need with relatively little outside support and may be a focus in coming days. CBFNC leaders continue to assess, communicate, connect and partner to support those in the affected areas, especially the most neglected.

Give Please give to the CBFNC Disaster Response Fund. One hundred percent of the funds collected will be used to address local needs identified by CBFNC partner churches.
 
 
- Larry Hovis, 
Executive Coordinator

 


 

Monday, September 17, 2018 

As the remnants of Hurricane Florence move north, our state moves in to recovery mode. Rivers continue to rise and many communities are still under threat. CBFNC has been attempting to communicate with churches in the affected regions over the weekend, to express care and concern, and churches in other parts of the start are asking how they can help. Here are our priorities today:

Pray - Please continue to pray for our neighbors in eastern North Carolina, not only those who have experienced loss, but those seeking to minister to them.

Serve - Right now, our mission partners, Baptists on Mission (NCBM), who specialize in disaster response, have set up operations in several locations.
They have the infrastructure to help those in need. They need volunteers. 
 
Please visit their website for updates and opportunities.

Give - As with Hurricane Matthew, CBFNC will receive donations for Disaster Response. Such funds will be utilized to assist partner churches in the affected regions minister in their communities, to address short-term and longer-term needs.  Click here to donate.

Patience - We all are anxious to help now. But the effects of this storm, and recovery efforts, will go on for months to come. CBFNC is not a disaster response organization. We are a missional fellowship that cares for one another and our communities. We are committed to serve our churches and communities, especially the most neglected, in ways consistent with our unique capacities, for as long as it takes.

- Larry Hovis, 
Executive Coordinator


 

 Sunday, September 16, 2018

If your congregation was able to gather for worship this morning, be thankful. Many in our fellowship did not have that blessing. As we are able, CBFNC leaders have been seeking to communicate with church leaders whose communities have borne the brunt of Florence. The full extent of the damage will not be known for several days. Many roads, including portions of Interstates 40 and 95, are closed.

 As we have information about disaster recovery opportunities, we will share them, but that will take some time. Until then, let us continue to shower our brothers and sisters with our prayers.

The following prayer was offered by Rev. Amy McClure, Associate Pastor at First, Winston-Salem, in that congregation’s worship this morning, and speaks for all of us in CBFNC.

Present and Holy God,

We come before you this morning knowing that you hear our prayers at all times, so we offer up to you the things on our hearts and in our minds.

This morning our minds are flooded with thoughts for so many who have been affected by Hurricane Florence.  Even as we join together to come to you this morning in prayer, there are so many who are stranded in shelters, many who are soaking wet trying to wade through the water to get help, many senior adults who were unable to evacuate and are waiting to hear from family, and many who are not quite sure where the money will come from to do the necessary repairs to their damaged homes. For all of those people, we pray. 

We pray for our sister churches on the coast who are working diligently to help their communities in this time of crisis. We pray you will keep them safe, give them strength and energy, and equip them with the resources needed to come alongside so many in their communities. 

We pray for the children who are scared and aren’t quite sure they still have their toys, their pets, and their sense of security. Put people in their path who can love them well and calm their anxiety and stress. 

For the first responders and emergency personnel both on the coast and here who are working tirelessly to make sure all are safe, we give thanks for their dedication and pray that you keep them safe. We pray for their families who spend those moments worrying about them while they are out and pray you will give them a peace that only you can provide…

 

With all of who we are, we give you thanks for Jesus, the one who came so that we may all have life and have it abundantly and the one who taught us to pray saying….”Our Father…”

- Larry Hovis, 

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