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

‘Bionic’ men, women make up N.C. Baptist Men

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

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.