North Carolina Baptists often talk about getting people mobilized for service. The process of mobilization involves preparation for service, bringing resources together, and making someone or something capable of moving.
A great organization that excels in mobilization is Baptists on Mission, also known as N.C. Baptist Men (NCBM). Every year, NCBM mobilizes thousands of Baptist men and women for missions and ministry.
This organization provides disaster relief training events several times a year across the state and has trained more than 14,000 men and women in disaster response. NCBM also provides chaplaincy training and work skills needed in disaster situations.
NCBM leaders excel in clearing the way for volunteers to be able to serve. They coordinate with other disaster relief agencies, such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, in addition to a long list of state and national government disaster response entities.
Earlier this year, NCBM sent a trained team of volunteers to assemble an entire hospital in hurricane-stricken Mississippi. This team of North Carolina Baptist volunteers was the official expert assembler of a FEMA-provided hospital that had been assigned to the North Carolina state disaster relief agency. It is amazing how NCBM is trusted in our nation! That level of trust illustrates how highly valued and respected NCBM is for its service and professionalism.
Having the right equipment is also an important part of mobilization. Here again, NCBM excels. It has specially designed mobile kitchens, 18-wheeler trucks, water tankers and related hardware. Within a few hours, NCBM can send a fully trained, fully equipped team into a disaster area to begin feeding tens of thousands of hungry people. It is remarkable that NCBM can accomplish so much with fewer than a dozen paid staff headquartered in the Baptist Building in Cary.
The secret of NCBM’s success is found in a deep commitment to Christ and a fervent passion for helping hurting people that is embedded in the hearts of North Carolina Baptist volunteers.
Although disaster relief is the best-known and most public ministry of NCBM, there are more than a dozen other ministries in which it also excels in mobilizing volunteers for service. As an example, NCBM mobilizes nearly 1,000 volunteers each year to serve in impoverished communities in the Appalachian Mountains.
If you want NCBM to continue mobilizing thousands of volunteers each year, contribute to the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) in September. This special offering is the primary funding source for NCBM but it also fuels other important missions-focused ministries across our state, including church planting, association mission projects and mission camps for youth.
Church leaders, please let your people know about the NCMO offering and allow them an opportunity to follow the Spirit’s leading in their giving. We can exceed the goal of $ 2.1 million and impact more lives when we each do our part.