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Volunteers feverishly try to fill jobs
BR, BSC staff
September 12, 2011
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Volunteers feverishly try to fill jobs

Volunteers feverishly try to fill jobs
BR, BSC staff
September 12, 2011

With Tropical Storm Maria turning away from the United

States, disaster relief volunteers breathe a sigh of relief and continue

filling jobs across North Carolina as well as other states.

When Hurricane Irene hit North Carolina Aug. 27, North

Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM) waited in the wings ready to respond to whatever

the storm brought. Irene did not stop in North Carolina, but barreled up the

East Coast wreaking havoc in the already-drenched Northeast. Tropical Storm Lee

brought more rains to North Carolina and continued flooding the Eastern

Seaboard.

Currently, NCBM is operating sites at Hatteras, Belhaven

(FBC, Smithton), Kinston, Greenville, New Bern, and Williamston.

“People ask what I say to them. I really don’t. I just

listen,” said Steve Wynn. “I let them tell their story.”

By day three of helping coordinate Hurricane Irene recovery

efforts in New Bern, Wynn already had plenty of opportunities to listen.

One woman was so upset when she came to First Baptist Church

in New Bern, she couldn’t even put into words her request. Volunteers followed

up with her a few hours later and learned that her home is now condemned due to

extensive water damage.

NCBM expects volunteers to be needed at least several more

weeks.

The teams have begun to shift to recovery work, but early

numbers indicate disaster volunteers have been busy: So far (as of Sept. 11),

21 have accepted Jesus as Savior; 6,385 have volunteered; 164,914 meals have

been prepared; 1,143 recovery jobs completed; 102 children served through the

Temporary Childcare ministry; 3,736 have used the shower unit; 874 laundry

loads completed; and chaplaincy teams have made 746 contacts with those

affected by Irene.

Other state conventions have responded to North Carolina.

There have been teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri,

Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

“In any disaster, we try to find out where we are needed

most, and we have to base that on good information. We rely on our assessors to

help us make these decisions,” said Richard Brunson, NCBM executive

director-treasurer. “Then, we find hubs where we can serve out of. Places where

volunteers can eat and sleep, and then go out into surrounding communities to

work.”

All the ministries of NCBM, including disaster relief

efforts, are made possible by gifts to the North Carolina Missions Offering.

For more information visit ncmissionsoffering.org.

To volunteer, visit the website or call (800) 395-5102, ext.

5599.

There are several stories about Hurricane Irene coverage in

North Carolina as well as other states available on the Biblical Recorder’s

website: BRnow.org.