Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Rebuild–August 13-19, 2017

Mission Trip Adventures 08.19Our volunteers: 1-River Community Church, Fayetteville; 2-Park Place Baptist, Thomasville; 3-Union Baptist, Monroe; 4-Part of Region 3 Feeding; 5-Morris, Biltmore Baptist & Sothie, KC Missouri - Our electricial team; 6-David & Fred, Edenton & Bill, Sanford; 7-Life Community Church, Greensboro; 8-Euto Baptist, Marshville; 9-1st  United Methodist, Cary.Mission Trip Adventures 08.19It’s been a very productive week even with the heat and humidity.  Teams have been under the homes , in them and on the roof.  Some of the teams joined up to work on the same homes.  Teams have laid shingles, installed insulation, hung sheet rock, wired, plumbed stained , painted, installed cabinets and built counter tops, installed floor decking and much more.  It’s amazing how much work can be done with only a few volunteers.  My thought is THANK YOU LORD.  We are still in need of skilled electricians, plumbers and trim finishers so we can complete the 30 homes we are currently working on and start more.  Currently we have over 100 request that we have not begun to help yet. We all are very happy to have Anthony back.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild–August 6-12, 2017

Mission Trip Adventures 8.121-Ed Coletrane; 2-Al Percy; 3-Bethany Bethany Baptist, Winston-Salam; 4-Branch's Baptist Church, Richmond, VA; 5-Reg 2 Feeding with local help; 6-Bagley Swamp Wesleyan Church, Hertford.

Mission Trip Adventures 8.12-002Teams were busy this week. Painting, installing floor decking and flooring, plumbing, shingling and lots more.

Mission Trip Adventures 8.12-001Part of the Bethany team did two Backyard Bible Clubs each day. They had lots of fun while showing these kids the love of Jesus.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild–July 30-August 5, 2017

8.5Volunteers: 1-Region 1 Feeding; 2-Village Baptist Church, Fayetteville; 3-The Summit Church, Kernersville; 4-Wanda's Friends, Kannapolis; 5-Life Community Church, Greensboro.Mission Trip Adventures 8.5The summer rush is over. This is the first time in a while that we had low numbers and only a half week of that.  However each group came with a heart to serve at whatever needed to be done even if it wasn’t their favorite task.  A team worked on the Moore home hauling in sand to fill low spots under the home and then installed all new floor joists.  Another team installed kitchen cabinets and did trim work in two homes while the rest of their group followed them with caulking and paint.  Another group installed sheet rock and subflooring. A group arrive that we forgot to put on forecast and they installed sheetrock, mudded it and painted the rest of the house.  So yes they were small in numbers but by having a servants heart and following HIS call a lot of work and even more witnessing was done.

The weather is changing and the number of volunteers on our forecast are low.  Please consider bringing a team to serve at one of the 5 eastern North Carolina rebuild sites.  And yes we hope it is Lumberton.  We have bunk beds and inside showers for all as well as a great kitchen and dining hall. Hope to see your group soon!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild July 23-29, 2017

Groups1-Beech Glen Baptist Church, Mars Hill; 2- Wesley Memorial UMC, Wilmington;3- Episcopal Diocese of NC - Province IV Youth Ministries & South Africa; 4-First of Week-Region 6 Feeding Team; 5-End of Week- Region 6 Feeding Plus Others. Lllwellyen also helped Ann in the office and Joyce did a variety of jobs.

Groups1We put out an emergency call for crew chiefs and boy did we get them.  We could not have made it without them. 6-Ray; 7-Sid, Michael, Paul L., Paul M. & Walt; 8-Sid; 9-Chris, Roger & Rodney; 10-Paul L; 11-Robert with Cookie, the youth group leader.

Beech GlenThe Beech Glen group came with a servants heart willing to try anything.  They insulated two homes, finished a tear out on another.  After all that fun they laid laminate floors in one home while installing floor joist in another.  Wesley Memorial also joined us for the week. They work on three different homes doing vinyl siding, tile floors, trim work and painting.

Youth workingThe youth group was very large and split into several teams.  They hung dry wall, laid shingles, installed a metal roof, installed crawlspace insulation,  Cleaned out a crawl pace and rest of floor joist on a home.  One of the teams finished painting a lot of molding which had been donated.  A special THANK YOU to all the men and ladies who stepped up to help lead these youth.  It turns out they were not only talented construction workers but they were also great teachers. The youth commented that they first learned why we are in Lumberton and then they learned about a skill they can now use to help others in sharing the gospel.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild–July 16-22, 2017

7.221-Region 7 Feeding Team-First of Week; 2-Region 7 Feeding Team-End of Week; 3-College Park Baptist Church (lodged at Godwin Heights BC); 4-Crew Chiefs Monty & Beth Rogers; 5-CMT team from FBC Simpsonville, SC (lodged with us); Not Pictured-Crew Chiefs JE & Betsy Skinner & CMT teams from Wendell BC, Edenton BC, Zion BC & FBC Mauldin, SC (stayed at Hyde Park).

PhotosIt was a very hot and busy week in Lumberton. This was Carolina Mission Team week. They brought 210 volunteers from five churches. We had teams in most every direction and did multiple jobs. Teams installed metal and shingle roofs, painted, installed flooring, cabinets, trim work, floor decking, insulation, wired and plumbed homes and lots more. Best of all the volunteers spent time with several of the home owners and shared why they came to help a total stranger. Some volunteers did ministry work throughout the town. Each night they had a worship time over at Hyde Park. Thanks to the extra cook and support staff which came to help us out.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Rebuild July 9-15, 2017

Mission Trip Adventures 7.151-Grace Baptist Church, New Bethlehem, PA; 2-Kathy Evans, FBC Maysville worked with Life Community Church, Greensboro; 3- Region 8 Feeding; 4- Biltmore Church, Asheville; 5- Mt Zion Wesleyan, Thomasville.Mission Trip Adventures 7.1516-Daystar Church, Greensboro; 7-Purchase the lastest in Disaster Rebuild fashion when you volunteer at one of the five rebuild sites; 8-Florence Baptist Association; 9-Princeton Church, Football coaches and players; 10-Mission Discovery group from Bloomfield, NJ; Not pictured-Bill Martin, Billy Carter, Paul Staph, Michael Locklear; Shane & Isaiah, see below.Mission Trip Adventures 7.15-001This week has been filled with lots of ministry and labor of love. I (Billy) apologize to start off for not getting building pictures. But this operation is so big and busy at this time I had trouble getting away from the rebuild center to even look at what’s happening in the field. However, I do know that we had many volunteers this week who have done an awesome job. Three homes were completed so families could return home, painting, flooring laid, door and windows installed, sheetrock hung and finished, electrical and plumbing done both rough in and completions, roofing, insulation and even more tear out jobs completed. Let’s just say much work was done this week by volunteers with a servant’s heart that came to Lumberton to serve as GOD needs them to and it was a big success.Mission Trip Adventures 7.151-001Now for the most exciting news. On Friday we had a first for Lumberton Rebuild Center.  We had a young lady with a team from PA who gave her testimony during our devotion time on Wednesday night.  She shared with us what her life had been like with an alcoholic father and divorced non Christian parents. She told us she had recently accepted Jesus into her life and what a difference it had made. The next night she told her group leader that she wanted him to baptize her while they were still here.  Even though he was not a pastor he agreed to do it if we could provide the vessel for the water.

We set out to find what we needed to make it happen.  Billy went over to the construction company to see if they had anything we could use.  They had a bathtub sitting in their yard. He brought it over we got it cleaned up and filled with water.

Billy had talked to a man that worked over at the construction company that told him his 8 year old granddaughter had accepted Jesus two weeks ago.  She didn't want to be baptized in the ocean or the river so they talked about bringing her over to get  baptized in the tub. He wanted to bring about 10 family members so we invited them to join us for dinner.

So on Friday night after dinner and a short devotion we all went out to the prayer garden and two young girls were baptized. Then we all sang Amazing Grace.   It was a glorious evening that we will never forget.

PS-Don’t think that because so much got done this week that the operation is anywhere near complete. Today we have 30 homes on the working list which still leaves 120 on the waiting list to get started on and new requests coming in almost every day. Call, text or e-mail us or NCBM office to get your group on the schedule to help rebuild the Lumberton area. We need many skilled teams so the teams who are not so skilled can fill in and help when they respond.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild–June 25-July 1

07.11- FBC Knightdale; 2- Shannon Baptist Church; 3- Shiloh Bible Church, Danville, PA; 4- Freedom Baptist Church, Forest, VA; 5- FBC Salisbury. Mission Trip Adventures 7.01 6- Region 10 Feeding; 7- The guys that keep everything going; 8- Mission Discovery; 9- Crew Chiefs-Billy & Walt; 10- Visit from Gov. Roy Cooper to announce recipients of Governor’s Fund Grant.Mission Trip Adventures 7.301June has been a very busy month in Lumberton. This past week was no exception. We had several volunteer teams working on multiple projects. Teams replaced 4 roofs, painted homes and trim work, cleaned up, did tear outs, replaced insulation, electrical, plumbing, hung sheetrock , installed subfloor and lots more. We now have several homes almost complete and ready for the homeowners to return home. Thanks to all the adults and youth that have been GOD’s hand and feet over the past 6 months. HIS word is spreading due to so many volunteers hearing the call to go and responding.

The LORD has blessed us with many young volunteers for July. If you have any spare time and willing to help us out please give one of us a call. Looks like July will be hot as normal so I ask you to pray for the volunteers to stay safe and hydrated.

Oh yeah, Grandson Matthew got his first Harley ride. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild–June 18-24, 2017

Mission Trip Adventures 6.241-FBC Fayetteville;2-Reg 5 Feeding Region 3;-Swannanoa Baptist;
4-Community Bible Church, High Point; 5-Micharl Locklear & Friends; 6-Park Place Baptist,Thomasville; 7-Western Blvd Presbyterian Church, Raleigh.
Mission Trip Adventures 6.2418-Crew Chiefs & Helpers-Sid, Bettyanne, Matt, JE & Paul; 9-Highland Baptist, Raleigh; 10 -Union Baptist, Monroe with Lisa, Berean BC, Fayetteville; 11-The Summit Church, Kernersville; 12-Holly Grove Baptist, Spring Hope; 13-Trinity Baptist; Raleigh.Collages3Teams have been very busy this week.  Flooring laid, windows installed and trimmed, doors hung and lots of trim moulding installed.  It has also been humid so many brakes were taken even by JE who never stops.Collages2Teams are also still doing tear outs. We worked on four homes this week. Even though it was hot and tiring work the Summit team still had fun their last night with a talent show.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Lumberton Rebuild–June 4-17, 2017

Scripture PrintablesOur volunteers Week of June 4-10: 1-FBC Pinson AL; 2-FBC Bristol VA; 3-Help Robeson-Chapel Hill; 4-Region 3 Feeding Team; 5-Church at Charlotte; 6-??\FBC Kernersville; 7-FBC Stanleyville; 8-Christ Community, Pinehurst; Not pictured-Crew Chiefs Steve Matthews, Bobby Wood & Billy Threat.Mission Trip Adventures 06.17Volunteers Week of June 11-17: 1-Our grandson, Matt with Biltmore, Asheville. 2-Roxboro Baptist Church; 3-Sid & Bettyanne; 4-St. Johns Episcopal, Charlotte; 5-Reg. 4 Feeding Part 1; 6-Reg. 4 Feeding Part 2; 7-Greystone Baptist Church, Raleigh; 8-Leadership Team-Anthony, Billy, David & JE; Not Pictured-Cornerstone BC, SC; Union Grove Baptist, Marshville; FBC Oak Island; FBC Kernersville.mission discovery-001We also had a Mission Discovery Team from Trinity Reformed Church- Pella, Iowa.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mission Trip Adventures May 14–June3, 2017

It’s been a very hectic three weeks since our last blog post.  I will blame it on finishing up the new Lumberton Rebuild Center and all the excitement with the dedication plus taking some time off for the Memorial Day weekend holiday and spending some family time with our loved ones. So here are three weeks in one. Someone in our group was interviewed by a news crew each of these weeks. Be sure read the articles and watch the videos posted below each week. We are gearing up for June and July to be our busiest months yet so no more excuses.Mission Trip Adventures 5.20     We had a nice crowd at the Dedication Ceremony held on May 17.  Mike Sprayberry Director of NC Emergency Management was our guest speaker. Paul recruited a great feeding team to come in especially for this event and they did an outstanding job both with the food and decorating. Richard Brunson, Executive Director of NCBM cut the ribbon for our grand opening.

We would like to invite everyone to come and visit us in our new home and stay a few days or a week and help put the Hurricane Matthew survivors back in their homes.Mission Trip Adventures 5.201     Volunteers Week of May 14-20: 1-Salisbury Baptist Church; 2-Euto Baptist Church-ONE Student Ministries, Marshville; 3-Greystone Baptist, Raleigh; 4-Grace Baptist Church, Laurinburg; 5-Region 3-4-5 Feeding Team; 6-Moravia Moravian Church, Oakridge.

Mission Trip Adventures 5.27     Volunteers Week of May 21-27: 1&2-Wrangler Corp.-Greensboro; 3-Region 1 Feeding; 4&5-Parkwood Baptist, Concord with the Deaf Ministry of Morganton. Not pictured: Matt Ingram Family, Hickory and The Summit Church of Thomasville.

Mission Trip Adventures 6.03     Volunteers for Week of May 28-June 3: 1-Region 3 Feeding Team; 2-Union Baptist, Monroe; 3-Bethel Baptist, Ronda; 4-Matt Ingram Family, Hickory; 5-A rare picture of Ann; 6&7-First Baptist Garner.

Two videos from ABC11 with volunteers and home owner.

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.