Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lumberton Rebuild April 30-May 13, 2017

5.6     April 30-May 6: Last week we went home for our grandson Walker’s first birthday.  Then we spent a couple of days at the lake cleaning the house and the yard.  Billy and David came back on Wednesday.  Pictured is the team from Watermark Church in Troutman.  We also had a small group from Shiloh Baptist, Monroe & First Baptist Kernersville.  Teams have been busy still doing tear outs while others installed flooring and mudding sheetrock.Mission Trip Adventures 5.13     May 7-13: 1-Biltmore, Asheville; 2-Larry & Bill, two of our six cooks for the week; 3-Westwood Baptist, Cary; 4-Greystone Baptist, Raleigh; 5-Fran, my great helper for the week; 6-Trinity Baptist, Raleigh; 7-Western Carolina University BCM.Mission Trip Adventures 5.131     This week has been very busy. We have been pushing ourselves very hard to get the new Lumberton Rebuild Center ready for the Open House Celebration on May 17 at 11:00.  Volunteers have been painting. building picnic tables, shelves and walk ways.  Dianne took on the project of building a prayer garden.  The WCU students helped her and then had prayer over it. Several volunteers have been working on Inez Bullock’s home in Fair Bluff.  It is all but complete so they dedicated the home to her on Wednesday.

For the past 3 months we have spent a lot of time getting the Rebuild Center up and running.  The Center is now in full operation. Meals are provided Monday breakfast through Saturday lunch, there are bunk beds for 60 people at this time (with an additional 30 just waiting for a mattress), Indoor showers as well as a shower unit, tool/materials room, prayer garden and a grass open area for group meetings.  Additional bunk trailers will be brought in as needed.  With additional bunk units we will be able to house and feed up to 150 per day.  There are also 3 full hook up camper sites and 4 water/power sites.  E-mail, call or text Ann to make reservations for yourself or team.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild–April 23-29, 2017

Mission Trip Adventures 4.29.2017     1-FBC Garner; 2-Region 7 Feeding; 3-FBC Matthews; 4-Memorial Baptist, Williamston; 5-FBC-Kernersville; 6- Westwood Baptist, Cary; 7-Holly Grove Baptist, Spring Hope;8- Cabarrus Baptist Association; Not pictured -New Hope Baptist, Monroe.Mission Trip Adventures 4.29.2017-001  A lot has changed in Lumberton over the past several months.  Matthew came by and left a flood which yes damaged many homes but opened the door for the gospel to be spread. NCBM set up in Lumberton at Hyde Park Baptist and joined many other groups feeding the survivors and doing recovery work. On January 1 the Rebuild operation of NCBM officially started and has been going strong thanks to many devoted volunteers. On Thursday April 27 NCBM received permission to move into the almost completed NCBM Lumberton Rebuild Center. Again thanks to all the many volunteers who have made this move possible.  A special thanks to Bill Martin who long with David and Billy has lead the renovation process.  Over the next few weeks we will continue to renovate the site and clean up as we prepare for an Open House on May 17, 2017 from 11:00 till 1:00.  Hope you will join us as we give thanks to GOD for what he has supplied us with to help rebuild the Lumberton area.

Volunteers this week also worked on several homes bringing these families closer o being able to return home.  Teams did plumbing, electrical, replaced windows, hung and finished sheet rock, laid flooring, installed doors, did trim work, installed shingles and painted. Yes a little bit of everything needs to be done as we rebuild Lumberton and share the gospel.  Each week a team is able to sit and visit with a home owner listening to their story and sharing GOD’s love.

Please ask GOD where he wants you to serve him and follow His answer.  Sometimes he speaks directly to us and sometimes he sends a message to us through others.  Either way if you follow His call you can have the most fun ever and be filled with joy as you help others.  I am human and want you to choose to come to Lumberton to stay for a while and help rebuild here but again “Follow His call.“

We now offer bunk beds for those lodging with us. There is also 3 full hook up sites and 3 sites with water and electric only (we do have a dump site for when you leave).  There is also a large area for games and tent camping. In a few weeks we hope to construct a prayer garden. 

Come see us soon.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild April 16-22, 2017

MissionTripAdventures 4.22     1-Hillside Church, Wrightwood, CA; 2-Region 6 Feeding; 3-Newbury Bible Church, Vermont; 4-Betsy & JE Skinner, Memorial Baptist, Williamston; 5-Jan & Robert Hobdy, Knightdale; 6-Fran Tetlak; 7-Lafayette Baptist Church, Fayetteville.MissionTripAdventures 4.221     8-FBC Morganton; 9-Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Morganton; 10-
First Baptist Oak Island;
11-Holly Grove Baptist, Spring Hope; 12-CBF Student Fellowship, Raleigh; 13-Christ Community Church, Pinehurst.MissionTripAdventures 4.221-001     Again this week we had lots of volunteers. Team from California returned to complete tear out on a home they started and then started the rebuild.  If you look close at the lower right picture you will see they enjoy a prank as much as the rest of us.   Billy has spent the week at the new facility so we don’t have many pictures of the home work sites.  However teams also worked on 14 different homes doing tarps, tear out, roofing, painting, flooring, trim work, plumbing and electric.  Two of our youth had birthdays this week.MissionTripAdventures 4.22-001     Bill will admit he is getting older and some parts of the body get tired quick. So he found himself a great helper this week that could get up and down off the floor easily. Bill cut the trim and “that young boy” as Bill called him found the stud and nailed almost every piece. True meaning of team work. Lots was done at the soon to open Rebuild facility - painting, cleaning, putting shelving together, installing lights and receptacles, building bunk beds and putting up a fence. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild April 9-15, 2017

MissionTripAdventures 4.15     1-Community Bible Church, High Point; 2-Newfound Baptist Church; –Region 5 Feeding; 4-Jim & Al; 5-Bill Martin; 6-Durham Memorial Baptist Church; 7-Sharpe Road Baptist, Greensboro; Not pictured-Ephesus Baptist.MissionTripAdventures 4.151     On Tuesday Governor Cooper and his staff visited Lumberton officials.  Afterwards they visited some businesses affected by the flood and the Griffin home where NCBM volunteers were working.  I was very pleased that Governor Cooper and the Emergency Management team listened to my opinion of what the residents need so NCBM can help them rebuild following Matthew.  It was very encouraging that they discussed my thoughts on the way to their vehicles as they were leaving.  The team shared with him that they were glad to be able to help home owners and learn new skills at the same time.  Lois came by and was also able to meet the Governor and thank the volunteers for working on her home.MissionTripAdventures 4.15-001     While other volunteers hung sheet rock, replaced floor decking and did some additional tear outs some helped out at the soon to be rebuild facility. Most of the walls are painted and Bill is overseeing the trim work which is about caught up with the painters.  The cooking team was nice and came over to start cleaning the convection oven and the hood.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild April 2-8, 2017

4.08     1-Colonial Baptist, Cary; 2-Westwood Baptist, Cary; 3-Region 4 Feeding Team; 4-Greystone Baptist, Raleigh; 5-Beach Road Baptist, Oak Island.New folder     We did not have a large number of volunteers this week but the ones we had got a lot done. Teams hung sheet rock, installed windows, wired a house, built a tall set of steps.  Burnt Swamp Association sent some sheet rock finishing help. They have completed all the sheet rock work at our new housing site that can be done at this time.  Some of the volunteers have started painting.  Ed came down to install all the plumbing fixtures.  David and I have been installing tile board, reworking duct work wiring and a little bit of every thing else.

Anybody interested in helping to paint next week come on down.  Got lots to paint at the housing location as well as 3 homes.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild March 25-April 1, 2017

Mission Trip Adventures 4.01     1-Region 3 Feeding Team; 2-Westwood Baptist, Cary; 3-Staph Group; 4-Marion Baptist; 5-Florence Baptist, Forrest City; 6-Ephesus Baptist, Raleigh.Mission Trip Adventures 4.011     7-Oakdale Baptist, Statesville; 8-REVO Church, Winston-Salem; 9-Sandy Ridge Baptist, Monroe; Non Pictured, Region 6 Feeding.

Mission Trip Adventures 4.01     Work is progressing on the renovations at the soon to be Lumberton rebuild site. We are in need of some painters this coming week so we can finish and move soon.

On Friday Ann and I made a trip to Johnsonville to be there for the Love Loud gathering Biltmore Baptist had put together.  We were able to visit with old friends and make some new ones.  It was very encouraging to hear the home owners as they again shared their thanks for all the help the Baptist had provided to them.  Biltmore’s plan also included follow up visits to all the home owners. To do this they had brought about 30 additional volunteers.  They reported 31 salvations for the week.  This was made possible by seeds you, as previous volunteers, may have planted.

The city provided us with a new water line on Friday.  Even though most of the pictures are of work on the new site teams did do tarp jobs, tear outs, sand sheet rock, installed cabinets and laid flooring.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild March 19-25, 2017

Mission Trip Adventures 3.25     1-Trinity Baptist, Raleigh; 2-Salisbury BC; 3-Shiloh; Monroe; 4-Region 1 Feeding; 5-Bill Martin & Gary Richards; 7-His House Christian Fellowship, Oshkosh, WI; 9-Assessors: Sid, Monty & Al; Not pictured: Ephesus Baptist, Raleigh & Cool Springs Baptist, Sanford.Mission Trip Adventures 3.25-001     Lots of volunteers. Both young and seasoned.  The college group from Wisconsin were willing to help at about anything.  They did several tear outs and helped at the new rebuild center hanging sheet rock and putting up ceiling tiles. The Shiloh group slit up installing tarps, mudding sheet rock and installing floor decking.  Carl’s group sprayed homes for mold. Cool Springs laid flooring and installed cabinets.  Lots of folks doing lots of different types of jobs.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild March 12-18, 2017

Mission Trip Adventures 3.18     1-The Summit Church & International Students, Inc. Duke University; 2-Region 2 Feeding Team; 3-Westwood Baptist, Cary; 4-Grace1, Charlotte; 5-Purdue Bible Fellowship, Faith Church, Lafayette, IN; 6-The Wright's, Cornerstone, Morganton; 7-Al Percy; 8-Euto Baptist Church-ONE Student Ministries, Marshville; 9-Fishing Creek Baptist, Wilkesboro; Not pictured, Ephesus Baptist. Raleigh.Mission Trip Adventures 3.182     With a large group of eager to learn college students this week we decided to get some insulation and sheet rock hanging done at the new rebuild housing site. We also got a drive put around the back of the building thanks to a man who loves God.Mission Trip Adventures 3.181     Some of the other students hung sheet rock in to homes, built a ramp (yes it’s dark and they wanted it finished before they went home that night), installed insulation and sub floor as well as some more tear outs.  These groups are keeping us on the move and Rebuilding Robeson County.

Big need at this time for sheet rock finishers, electricians, flooring installers. There will also be big need for trimmers, cabinet installers and painters once sheet rock is finished.  After this coming week our volunteer numbers drop way off which means work slows way down unless you and others step up and answer the call to go and serve

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild March 5-11, 2017

3.11     1-Reg 4 & 10 Feeding; 2-ECHO/Vertical, Pembroke; 3-Bill, Bill & Paul; 4-UNC Charlotte BCM; 5-FBC Morganton; 6-Help Robeson/Chapel Hill; 7-Ephesus Baptist, Raleigh.3.11-001     8-New Hope Baptist-Marshville: 9-Oak Island Baptist; 10-FBC King; 11-Christ Community Church, Pinehurst; 12-Reg 3 & 10 Feeding; 13-Trinity Baptist, Raleigh; 14-Regina Jones, Fayetteville; 15-The Summit Church & International Students, Inc. Duke University; 16-Quest Fellowship Church, Garner.

The job site picture takers were very busy this week running for materials, getting teams started in correct direction, answering questions and work on our new housing location so we didn’t have any pictures to turn in.  The teams have done tear outs, hung sheet rock, finished and painted sheet rock, replaced a roof, repaired floors , installed floor covering and the list goes on.  Sounds like a lot was done this week and past 2 months in Lumberton, BUT it’s only the start of a long project.  In big need of skilled teams and skilled team leaders.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild Feb 26-March 4, 2017

Collages2     1-Bagley Swamp Wesleyan, Hertford; 2-Westwood Baptist, Cary; 3-Ebenezer Baptist, Durham; 4-Pleasant Garden, Greensboro.Mission Trip Adventures 3.041     5-Region 9 Feeding & Rebuild, Swanonna Baptist; 6-Holly Grove Baptist Church, Spring Hope; 7-Grace Christian School, Cary; 8-Green Mountain Baptist Association, Barre, VT; 9-Cornerstone Baptist, Mt. Airy; No Picture: Ephesus Baptist, Ralegh; Bethel Baptist, Ronda; Joyce & Curtis Thrift; Mt. Zion, Cherryville.3.04     Several churches have chosen to adopt a home/family and they continue to come work on these homes.  While we have been staying at Hyde Park God has shown us some outstanding sun rise and sun sets.  Had a group of young volunteers this week who rolled up their sleeves and cleaned up several yards where the tear out teams had piled flood debris and the clam bucket trucks had gotten most but left some.  Another youth group actually helped serve a meal. Teams have been repairing floor joist, installing insulation and sub floor as well as redoing electric and plumbing.Mission Trip Adventures 3.041-001     The renovation of our new housing location is coming right along.  Water and sewer lines have been installed for our long term staff as well as those who wish to bring their camper to stay in. Gerald has began installing the sprinkler system which will mean no fire watch duty (most understand this). This week others continued on upgrading the wiring, framing for the ceiling in the tool room, gathering room and dining area, as well as building shelves for the storage area.  Need lots more help so we can move soon.  Electric, sheet rock hangers and finishers. tile layers as well as folks to rework the heat/ac duct work. Also need someone who can install chain link fence.  Would like to be moved in by end of March.  Hope this fits into the LORDS plan as well as your volunteer plans.

Work on the residents homes have also been moving along great.  As in the past I have pushed for additional help and continue to do so here.  This is not due to the lack of volunteers because many have already responded.  The request for more help is due to there is so many homes in this area which the owners cannot move back into until repairs have been made.  E-mail or give us a call about coming to serve.