Monday, December 23, 2013

Alliance Bible Fellowship’s 4th Trip to New Jersey

Mission Trip Adventures 12.21.13 pg1Most of our group were returners.  Some actually spent last Christmas break in New Jersey doing tear outs.  However this was their first rebuild project.  They agree rebuild is totally different from tear out.  They were able to meet 3 of the home owners and spend some time with them.   As you see it did snow again this week.  The good part of snow in Jersey it is usually gone the next day.  Our feeding team was from Reg. 2 and Reg. 8.Mission Trip Adventures 12.21For one team most of the week was spent hanging sheet rock.  The other team painted walls, stained molding, hung insulation and moved furniture back into a home.

We are in need of people to finish sheet rock.  We have three  jobs waiting to finish and another one gets hung first week of January.

We will be home for a week to celebrate Christmas.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cooks Become Rebuilders

Mission Trip Adventures 12.14.2013 pg1With no rebuild volunteers this Region 1 cook team could have stayed home.  But they didn’t  because they knew joy awaited them in Jersey.  The guys were delayed by snow and ice and didn’t arrive until Monday.  They spent the rest of Monday painting at our soon to be new home.  The rest of the week they spent laying flooring and being blessed by the Peterson home owners.  Thanks AB, Keith and Elton.Mission Trip Adventures 12.14.2013Billy was leveling these shelves and really getting into the job.  Ann has painted a second coat on the floors of the Seaside Heights church.  We are ready to move in as soon as the inspectors give us their blessing.  It’s looking a lot like Christmas around here with decorations and snow.  We have had three snow storms in one week.  Wonder if that is a sign of what the winter will be like.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Home for Thanksgiving & Almost Ready to Move (a 2 week post)

Home for Thanksgiving 2013With no volunteers for Thanksgiving week we headed home.  It was great to be able to attend church and visit many people around Momeyer for the week.  We also helped out at Yellow Dog Bread so they could fill the many Thanksgiving special orders they received.  Since we will be back home for Christmas and have family there on Christmas morning we began decorating.   On Thanksgiving day we ate lunch with Tanya’s family and then headed off to Nags Head to spend time with the Batchelor family including a little holiday light tour.  On Friday we went to Salvo for the day to visit with a few of the many friends we made while we were serving there last year.Mission Trip Adventures 12.07Region 8 feeding team came in on Sunday evening and did the cooking and they were our rebuild team for the week.  We love flexible volunteers.  They all spent the first three days working on the church in Seaside Heights doing last minute things so we can request a Certificate of Occupancy and then move the NCBM operation there.        Mission Trip Adventures 12.071On Wednesday night Pat & Leonard arrived with the truck.  So on Thursday morning  after they moved our storage trailer to Seaside we all pitched in and unloaded it into storage units and the church.  Didn’t realize Tennessee had sent us so much paper products.  After the truck was unloaded most of the guys went to Margaret’s and started hanging her sheet rockMission Trip Adventures 12.072On Friday we all enjoyed a seafood lunch at the Crab Shack.  Ann decided that even though we have not moved into the Seaside Heights church that it was still in need of some Christmas cheer.  The ladies had a “Hanging of the Greens” and now it doesn’t look so deserted.  Friday night the homeschool co-op put on a fund raiser Christmas show in the gym which was enjoyed very much by our volunteers.  Ann rode the train to NYC on Saturday to spend some time with her NC friends Marsha, Susan and Deborah.  She enjoyed being with them and seeing the Christmas decorations.  One of the advantages of moving to Seaside Heights will be   volunteers will be able to walk to the boardwalk in the evenings and get ice cream.  Well, maybe when it warms up some.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Hard Working Group and Some Smart Kids

Mission Trip Adventures 11.23.13 pg 2On Sunday evening our arriving team for the week  from Colonial Baptist Church in Cary took us out to eat at their favorite restaurant in NJ, the Brick Diner. They have worked with us several times before and we can always count on them to work hard and go the extra mile.  Two days they even worked past dinner time to get the job done.  Ann did the cooking this week and did some painting too. One day she had a little help in the kitchen from one of the home school kids.  On Tuesday night the home school Lego Robotics Team interviewed us and showed us their presentation on their idea for a tracking device they were taking to a state competition.Mission Trip Adventures 11.23Two days the team worked on homes but the other three were spent working on the Seaside Heights church that we will be moving into soon.  They put up sheetrock, installed a vent for our stove hood, installed doors and ceiling tiles and got some of our donated kitchen equipment in place.  We are in desperate need of volunteers to help complete this project and to help us move in after Thanksgiving.  We also have plenty of home rebuilding work to do also.

We are home now for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Getting Closer to a Move

MissonTripAdventures_New Jersey 11_16_2013We had a great group of volunteers this week.  1-Cool Spring Baptist, Sanford; 2-Oak Grove Baptist, Boone; 3-Region 5 Feeding Team; 4-Biltmore Baptist, Asheville; 5-James with the Cool Spring group showing us some clogging; 6-James and two of the ladies from Biltmore showing some of the handmade wooden toys he made and donated.  You may notice that James is in the feeding team picture too.  I think he liked having his picture taken with the ladies.Mission Trip Adventures New Jersey 11_16_2013 pg2So much work done this past week.  Teams hung sheet rock and installed parts of the ceiling at our soon to be new location in Seaside Heights.  Rudy & Robin brought up some kitchen equipment and several ladies cleaned it before installation.  The Oak Grove group and Paul finished removing the sand from Joanie’s pool and porch area.  The teams worked on 10 different homes and the church.  GREAT WEEK  Thank you LORD

Although the teams were able to complete several work request we received just as many new ones.  The work requests are starting to come in on a regular basis again.  However our list of volunteers signed up to come to New Jersey to help is very small.  We need help NOW and next year.  As for now – this week with the few volunteers we have we are hoping to get the new church building to a point so we can get a C.O. by Friday.  Then when we return after Thanksgiving (December 1) we will need volunteers to help us move everything from Grace Tabernacle to Grace Evangelical in Seaside Heights and setup our operation there.  Once we move most of our jobs will be with in 5 minutes of the church which will make things better for all.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Blessed to Work With Good Friends

Mission Trip Advendures 11.9This week all but two of our volunteers were good friends of ours.  Of course now the other two are now friends also. 1-Region 4 Feeding Team-Joanne, Judy and Randy; 2-Ike, Jamie, Eddie & Iva-Momeyer Baptist Church; 3-Sid and BettyAnne Shearin-Littleton BC; 4-Chris the HVAC Guy-Grace Tabernacle Bible Church; 5-Paul-Union Church of Lavalette ; 6-Tim and Vickie Etheridge-Greenville.

Tim, Betty Anne and Sid worked on flooring in Bob’s house two days.  It’s good to see volunteers and homeowners praying together.Mission Trip Advendures 11.92Our main focus this week has been working on the church building for our new location.  We are working hard to get it ready for our volunteers.  It will be so nice to be closer to our work sites.  With all the sanding, painting, cleaning, insulation hanging, staple pulling, door hanging and bed building this place is really changing.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Little Time Off

Collages6 No volunteers for last week or this week so we took a little time off.  On Wedneday of last week we left NJ and traveled to Momeyer. It was nice to visit with friends and family.  Ann worked two days at Yellow Dog Bread and went with Matt and Tanya to the NC State Fair.  Billy visited with his buddies at Rebuilding Hope in Henderson and helped to cut down two trees with the Momeyer Baptist Men.  On Monday we headed to Ohio to visit with Kim, Brandon and Matthew.  He is officially our grandson since the ceremony on October 30th.Collages5We got back to NJ on Thursday in time to enjoy Grace Tabernacle’s Fall Festival Trunk or Treat and Paul’s 3rd Missionary Journey.  The fall colors are spectacular here this week.  On Saturday we went to our friend, Pastor Todd’s 50th birthday party which had a 50’s theme. It was a lot of fun. Before leaving for vacation (and since coming back) Billy only had Ann to help him work.  We are ready for some volunteers.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Getting Ready for a Move and Moving More Sand

New Jersey Mission Trip Adventures 10.19Although the guys from Burlington Assembly of God were only here for three days they got a lot done.  They cut out and started assembling our bunk beds for our soon to be new location in Seaside Heights.  Then they moved up to Margaret’s home where they added height to the ceiling rafters so we could insulate it properly and put in a floor for her.  They also hung insulation and some sheet rock. New Jersey Mission Trip Adventures 10.191On Sunday we visited Union Church in Lavallette and then stayed in Seaside Heights for lunch at 3 Guys Pizza & Subs on the boardwalk followed by the Columbus Day Parade.  Billy shared that meal with Ann.  Ann has gotten back into running and finding some great scenery provided by GOD.  On Saturday Todd,  Billy, and two ladies from Todd’s church moved more sand at Joanie’s.  A group of students were cleaning the beach and when they finished one of the ladies asked if they would help us, so several came over and helped until their rides arrived.  THANK YOU GOD for the extra help.  Ann also came to help although we were about ready to call it a day when she arrived.  Unfortunately there is still a lot of sand in the pool but we are making progress.

October 29th marks 1 year since Sandy hit the New Jersey Shore.  As one of the parents who came to pick up his son today said, “I didn’t realize it was still so much destruction left after a year and I had no idea so many people are still needing help”.  We have started to get calls from people in need of help to get the walls and floors of their homes insulated before the winter sets in.  These are seniors who don’t have funds to hire contractors and are not able to do it themselves.   Let us know if a small voice is telling you to go and help.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Playing & Praying In the Sand

New Jersey Mission Trip Adventures 10.12.13Don Gallimore from Roxboro answered the call when he found out we need a sheetrock finisher.  Ginger and Paul from Blue Hill, Maine pulled electric wires along with Don for the electrician in the church we will be moving to.  They also went to Sea Bright to help Don hang and finish sheet rock.  Tim Etheridge came up to give Billy a hand this week.  Ann was the cook for the week.  Our friend Elaine came on Tuesday and cooked an Italian supper for us. It was delicious.New Jersey Mission Trip Adventures 10.12.13 pg 2Tim also helped The Summit Church group from Cullowee move sand out of a pool and sitting area.  Lets just say they hung out at the pool and on the beach for three days.  But seriously, it was hard back breaking work.  We’re glad a few of them were young but the older ones worked just as hard, including a eighty year old man and his wife.

We have started to rebuild The Grace Evangelical Church building in Seaside Heights and once it is complete we will move our operation there.  We feel this will make things a lot better for our volunteers and put our housing within minutes of the jobs we feel we will be working on next year.  At present time we only have a few teams signed up for November and only one for December (one for 2014).  Please consider New Jersey when you plan your next mission trip.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Beginning of Fall

New Jersey Mission Trip Adventures 10.51On Sunday Chris & Elaine invited us over for lunch.  It was a beautiful fall day so we ate outside on their deck and enjoyed the colorful leaves.  The Sweet Water Association of Tennessee brought us a trailer full of paper products on Sunday afternoon.  Since we had no volunteers we went to Seaside Park on Monday to paint primer on walls and sand floors.  The cute puppy dogs were not too sure about us being in their house. On Tuesday we carried tool trailer #3 to New York and then brought us a bunk unit back to New Jersey.  Billy would  have enjoyed the scenery more if there had not been so much traffic.  New Jersey Mission Trip Adventures 10.5Four men from Hope Community Baptist Church in Carthage came and helped out on Friday and Saturday.  They rebuilt steps, hung a door and hung sheet rock.  They were a great help.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Two Good Teams = Lots of Work Done

NJ Mission Trip Adventures 9.28The region 1 rebuild team spent most of their time working on Mary & Anna’s home getting it almost ready to move in.  They painted walls, installed floor covering, kitchen cabinets and molding.  Billy (not Layton) repaired her brick wall around the front of the house that boats had hit during Sandy’s visit.   Harlon and David helped the electrician with some wiring at Grace Evangelical Church.NJ Mission Trip Adventures 9.281Woody Tucker led the Region 8 feeding team.  A different team member stayed back to help do the cooking each day while the others went out to help with rebuild work.  The last two days they all went out.  They repaired interior steps, build walls and rails, hung sheet rock and did some much needed ministering to homeowners.  Woody was found sleeping in the drive way so they chalked him out.

Prayer request: We could sure use a plumber and an electrician to work with the licensed contractor next week if you or somebody you know could come up.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Feeding Team Turns Into Recovery Team

NJ Mission Trip Adventures 9.14Although we only had one volunteer sign up for this week, the Region 6 feeding team led by Jerry Barbee, still came to serve.  After breakfast they went out into the field, cleaning out a church and a home.  Then in the afternoon they would return to cook and serve supper.  Tony Treat came up to do mold treatments and accessing. NJ Mission Trip Adventures 9.141Ann went home to attend her Uncle Elton’s funeral and stayed all week to help Matt and Tanya at Yellow Dog Bread CompanyShe had fun but worked really hard.  Her main job was washing dishes but was also able to help make cinnamon buns and other breads.

We wonder if people will remember what we have done for them or what we say to them. I know for a fact that the residents of New Jersey that volunteers have called to check on since the Seaside fire will always remember the phone call to ask if they were OK and to let them know others were praying for them daily.

Another good testimony we hear often is a volunteer will be somewhere and a total stranger who lives in Jersey but their home was not affected by Sandy will say THANK YOU for coming to help the ones in need

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Back to Work in NJ

NCBM Volunteers NJ 9.14.131-Carl and Richard;  2-Garden City Baptist, SC; 3-Marion and Harry, VA;  5-Ann and Diane from Liberty Baptist, Yorktown, VA.

Ann & I had the pleasure of a date night this week compliments of the captain and owner of the River Lady.  We had a nice dinner cruise and a view of the terrible fire on the Seaside Park and Seaside Heights boardwalks.  So sad that this place that is trying to recover from Super Storm Sandy has been destroyed.Garden City Baptist ChurchWe had four small teams this week but GOD's work still shined on. The SC group hung sheet rock and started finishing it in one home along with finishing the sheet rock in another and started painting.  Some of them also helped remove heating units and flooded wiring from the church we plan to move to soon. Carl and Richard joined us again and did lots of mold treatment.  The VA rebuild guys did tear out two days and then helped rebuild.  They installed flooring, repaired shingles and repaired exterior trim on some homes.  They also had a chance to visit the boardwalk the day before it burned. We also had two ladies from VA join us to do the cooking and cleaning.

Grace Tabernacle has very kind and allowed us to stay in their facility for almost 10 months now.  However they are growing quickly and need there space back so NCBM will be moving to Seaside Heights into Grace Evangelical Church.  This will locate us close to most of the proposed future work which will allow us to spend more time with the home owners instead of traveling.  The building was flooded (6 feet of water) so there is lots of work to be done before we move.  That, along with homeowners are waiting for their homes to be rebuilt so they can also move back home leaves us with a need for lots of volunteers.  Please listen to GOD's calling and wherever it is PLEASE go and serve so HIS plan can be forefilled.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Our Vacation at Home

Vacation Different people spend their vacation different ways.  With no registered volunteers for 2 weeks we went back home to North Carolina for ours.  We did get to spend 3 days at Lake Gaston and enjoyed that very much.   A little relaxing, visiting old friends and several maintenance jobs were done.  At home we cleaned, repaired eve metal and did a lot of grass cutting.  Ann spent 2 days helping our son and his wife, Matt and Tanya, get their bakery ready to open.  Ann was also able to visit some with her quilting friends.Yellow Dog BreadOn Friday, for our last  day of vacation well it was long. We spent the morning in Momeyer.  Ann did last minute house cleaning while Billy finished cutting the grass one last time.  Then we went to Momeyer Ruritan Club to eat some BBQ chicken and visit with friends.  Then we went to Yellow Dog Bread in Raleigh to help them with last minute preps for the grand opening at 6:00.  While the property landlord was making a big mess in the parking lot removing perfectly good trees Matt cooked bread and cookies while Tanya put the first display of bread for sale on the shelves.  Several of their friends and Tanya’s family came to help  however they could.  Thanks to all that came to help because at 5:45 a man came in to buy a loaf of bread because he had to be elsewhere at 6:00.  Well from that moment until 9:10 there was a large steady crowd of customers, family and friends coming in to visit and purchase bread.  When they finally closed the doors at 9:30 the shelves were almost empty.  Many items were sold out.  Please visit them when you are in Raleigh.  They have wonderful bread and pastries.

On Saturday we returned to Jersey to continue where we feel called to be.  We pray many of you will come to Jersey to help us as we strive to serve GOD while also helping the home owners rebuild their homes and lives.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Returning Volunteers from Austin Grove Baptist Church

Hurricane Sandy_Mission_trip_adventures_8.24Our team this week was Austin Grove Baptist Church from Marshville, NC. Four of the team had been earlier in the year.  Their hearts were touched by so much need they returned and brought four more. Being it was a small group Ann, Polly and Rita did the cooking, cleaning, laundry and ice cream making.  They brought their own ice cream maker and peaches so we were good host and said yes you can make ice cream.  Polly made homemade chicken pastry one day.    They also brought a lot of laughter and joy which spreads very well.  Billy had a lot to do with getting some of the equipment ready to move but the team was nice enough to allow him to help with sheet rock mudding one day.8.24The team finished hanging sheet rock and finished it, repaired windows that were about to fall out, cleaned cut a crawl space, laid floor decking and even took a break every so often.  We enjoyed this team being in New Jersey to help with the rebuild process and look forward to their next trip which they are already planning.

NCBM and the people of New Jersey are in need of volunteers to help rebuild the shore area of Ocean and Monmouth counties.  At this time we only have two teams signed up for the remainder of 2013.  However four other teams are working to set a week to come help serve.  We ask that you join us in prayer for the people of New Jersey as well as for teams to come and help as we serve GOD in the way and location we feel he has called us to serve.  There is so much rebuild to be done and gospel to be spread in New Jersey that if the volunteers respond NCBM could spend another year in Jersey and still only make a dent in the relief effort.  If you or your church needs more information about the operation please contact NCBM or Billy and Ann Layton.  If you need somebody to come share with you about what we are doing we will do our best to locate somebody in your area to come tell you what GOD did for them while they were in New Jersey serving. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Team All the Way From Germany

Mission Trip Adventures NJ Teams 8.17.131-Matthews Baptist Church; 2-Region 7 Feeding Team led by Terry Barnes; 3-Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Pittsboro, NC with traveling companions from Charlotte and Hillsborough; 4-Impact Team from Germany with; 5-Alan Harris, Conway, NC; 6-Eric and Billy Cook (Billy came with the feeding team but became a mold specialist along with Eric.Good Night_2001Great week with first timers and returners.  Allen Harris was still here to help us oversee teams and do assessments.  Matthews Baptist returned to do whatever needed. Their second job actually finished one that they started several months ago.  A blessing to be at a home in the beginning and be there for the final.  They installed cabinets in 4 homes.  Almost time for home owners to start cooking again.  A group of young adults were in the area from Germany doing sports camps.  Being they had no camp this week they asked if they could help us. They cleaned yards, painted, moved sand, hung insulation and sheet rock, and help move the contents of one of our storage boxes.  Hard working and energetic group.  The Mount Olive Baptist group built walls, hung sheet rock and helped with mold mitigation.  Eric and Billy Cook also did mold mitigation  this week.

We are in need of additional volunteers each week for the rest of the year.  Please join us in prayer that the ones GOD is calling to go to New Jersey will listen and respond.  Along with prayer PLEASE spread the word that we need volunteers.  Let them know this is a N C Baptist Men’s operation but they do not have to be trained or Baptist or men.  They just need to want to serve GOD and help others.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Little Vacation to Ohio

8.10With no volunteers this week we took off to go to Ohio to see family. We stayed with Kim (daughter),Brandon (son-n-love) and grandson who they are adopting.  Started the week off with Brandon preaching and then baptizing grandson in a swimming pool, followed by a cookout and pool party. Kim had to work so we took the guys to The Wilds on Tuesday for a safari.  On nearly 10000 acres that was previously a strip coal mine there is now a wildlife conservation center.  Kim wanted the carpet out of the grandson’s bathroom so Billy was glad to help with that project. Projects make Billy happy.Back to NJ Aug 2013 (2)We left Kim’s on Wednesday morning and went to Intercourse, PA (Amish Country) and spent the night.  We visited the Pretzel Factory while there and got a lesson on pretzel shaping. We returned to Allenwood on Thursday and was met by Alan Harris who will be helping Billy for 2 weeks.  Billy and Alan spent Friday checking on the status of job sites.  On Saturday Billy worked on straightening out tool trailer while Alan built storage shelves and Eric washed the bunk unit.  Later Billy and Alan sorted all the cleaning supplies we still have on hand.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Nine Months After the Storm

8.31-Long Branch Baptist-Lumberton, NC (Ladies-Shower/Laundry & Men-Mold Remediation); 2-Valley Baptist, Middletown, PA; 3-Community Bible Church, High Point,NC; 4-Region 1 Feeding Team-Wayne, Pauline & Gerald; 5-Eric-Hendersonville BC; 6-Steve Wells, Seaford Baptist Church, Seaford, VA and Don Gallimore, Roxboro, NC; 7-Overflow Baptist Church, Thomasville, NC.8.31Lots of good work done this week.  Teams tore out floors and walls of homes while other teams do the final touches on a couple of homes.  The cooks did an excellent team cooking and cleaning up the equipment.  Ann has been helping with the Grace Scouts and this week they went hiking in Allaire State Park

It has been 9 months since Super Storm Sandy struck New Jersey & New York.  Many homes have been repaired and many torn down.  However there is still many that have not been torn out or rebuilt.  Please pray for these homeowners. If GOD has laid it on your heart to go and help rebuild homes while ministering to the people PLEASE contact us or NCBM to arrange a time for you or your team.  At present time plans are for us to be here into 2014.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Summer Rush Ends With a Great Work Week

Momeyer Baptist Church_Nashville_NCMomeyer Baptist Church, Nashville, NC   Eddie, Valarie, Doug, Iva & Judy did a paint job in one house and then moved on and caulked and painted trim in another house.  They also clean and sealed the floor at Union Church.  Doug is always eager to learn something new so I let him cut and install some missing baseboard molding.

Bailey Baptist Church, Bailey, NC  Emily & Ed rode up with the Momeyer team to to do shower & laundry which includes the four bathrooms in the church.  They also do chaplaincy so they contacted a family in need of support.Our Redeemer's UMC_Schaumburg_ILOur Redeemer’s United Methodist Church, Schaumburg, IL  The group split several ways due to size and skills.  Along with other small jobs they worked steady on two large demo job tearing out sheet rock and flooring at two homes while others were were installing sheet rock and flooring on two rebuild jobs.  They also led some music during devotions. They enjoyed getting together and playing games in the evenings.Providence Baptist Church_Raleigh_NCProvidence Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC     This team also split up.  They rebuilt two bathrooms,  built a porch and steps so a senior would get in and out easy, did a couple of tear outs, installed insulation and started replacing shake shingles on a home.  Don Galimore came in Wednesday.  He joined one of their groups as they took down and replaced the upper room steps at Union Church.Covenant Baptist Church_Shepherdstown_ WVCovenant Baptist Church, Shepherdstown, WV   Kyler returned from West Virginia with a group of energetic youth and leaders.  They installed the shingles on Joan’s house, installed crawl space insulation in three homes, did tear outs and moved our frozen food back into the NBCM refer.Collages51-Region 5 Feeding Team led by Ruby Wester; 2-IL team praying for  a God led day; 3-A dining hall full for dinner and devotions; 4-Lined up at the tool trailer; 5-Faithful Don back to help us; 6-Eric the Ice Man.7.277-Carl and Richard came back with the feeding team to do mold fogging; 8-Eric’s home theater system with surround sound (ear buds); 9-Contents of refer moved for the third time; 10-Feeding team peeling real potatoes for supper; 11-Jackie, one of the homeowners being helped this week was so grateful that she showed up to thank (and hug) the team one more time before they left NJ; 12-Doug celebrated his birthday this week by being first in line for every meal.

Lots of Spirit led work this week.  I see it and so do the local residents.  It is such a blessing to be in a store, shop or on the board walk and a stranger walks up and says “Thank you for what you are doing for our neighbors”.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Our Biggest Week So Far

Teams1This week we had 93 volunteers on site. 1-Lakeside Baptist Church, Greensboro, GA;  2-Billy testing out Ann’s yard sale bike;  3-South Haven Baptist Church, Springfield, MO;  4-Region 9/10 Feeding Team-Cary, Kerry, Eric and Ronnie;  5-First Baptist, Staunton,VA.  Much was accomplished this week by these teams but we were to busy to get pictures.Collages5Tuesday night we received a NCMB refer trailer to replace the US Foods one we had been using.  On Wednesday morning Billy built a temporary platform between the trailers and some of the Georgia group helped Eric move all the frozen food.  Then on Friday morning the new unit shut down.  We tried to get someone from Thermo King to service it with no luck.  Billy worked on it for about an hour and then made the call to reload the food back into the old trailer.  Unfortunately we have no tractor so it all had to be loaded into a pick up, moved and the reloaded into trailer.  What a blessing GOD had the foresight that we would still need the old trailer and it had not been picked up.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Many Hands Serving God

first Baptist Church-Dunn NCAlma and her group from Region 7 returned to cook again.  A special thanks to those who return to a location time and time again. 

The Dunn team was large and divided up for many tasks.  They cleaned out under homes, pulled weeds, put up storm doors, installed laminate, reinstalled cabinets and two large counter tops that were saved during tear out, painted and cleaned windows.  Most importantly they took time to present two bibles and pray with homeowners.  Wise Baptist Church

Tony is another faithful volunteer who has made several trips to Jersey since the storm.  He helped us catch up on assessments and checked in with homeowners to see if they were ready for their work to begin.

The Wise team also split up.  There main task for the week was helping Union Church with VBS. Don’t know who enjoyed it the most – the Wise team or children of Lavallette.  Either way I saw a lot of happy children and adults as GOD’s word was spread.  Others on the team removed shingles and then installed new ones,  cleaned, tore out sheet rock in a home,  raked rock (substitute for grass here) and painted.

Both groups were large and willing to split up into several groups.  This by some is called being flexible.  To me it was a blessing and a way for them to share  the LOVE OF GOD in more places and to more people.

We are continuing to get new work requests almost daily again.  So if you have not yet visited us in New Jersey or are thinking about a return trip go ahead and call NCBM to book your time.  GOD has put us in locations where his word and love is needed.  We need you and many others to help us as we serve our all mighty GOD by working through the North Carolina Baptist Men helping the homeowners rebuild their lives and homes.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

4th of July Week

Ohio TeamMany people choose to spend the week of the Fourth at a lake or on the beach.  This group came all the way from Ohio to spend it serving GOD in Jersey. They mudded, sanded and painted sheet rock,  repaired shingles, installed doors and hung vinyl.  They also helped out at a food pantry and thrift store and helped paint a church.  Best thing they did was share God’s love. St. Bartholomew YouthThe St Bartholomew team help move sand and clean yards and visited the seniors in the rehab center across the road. They were a true blessing for the seniors who enjoy company especially when it is youth.

Region 1 feeding team returned with 6 members.  Being we had such large teams they did not get time to work in the field this time.

Tony Treat also returned to help us catch up on some office and assessment work.

We have been here in Jersey serving GOD for 5 1/2 months now and have enjoyed every moment.  However we would like to take the first week of August off and go visit North Carolina along with spend a few days at Lake Gaston.  If you would be willing to help out and relieve us PLEASE contact me or Bill Martin.