As we come to the end of August, and I reflect on the missions and ministry efforts our Convention staff and churches have participated in this summer, I realize we have all been very busy! For example, this summer middle and high school students, as well as their leaders, served in various mission projects across the state through Deep Impact, which is a weeklong camp that provides youth a hands-on missions experience in unique contexts. Some youth even served through Deep Impact in New York City, Honduras and Cuba.
Deep Impact is just one of many ministries sponsored by N.C. Baptist Men (NCBM) in which lives are being transformed by the gospel.
Through NCBM, North Carolina Baptist men, women and student volunteers traveled all over our state, country and world this summer to share the gospel. We sent teams to Romania and Hungary to work among the Roma Gypsy people; to Honduras to lead construction projects and Vacation Bible School; and to India to help dig wells so people can drink clean water. Throughout the year teams also serve in places such as Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Armenia and Lebanon.
Nationally, our NCBM volunteers serve in Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Vermont and the Rocky Mountain and Appalachian Coalfields areas.
Here in this state, NCBM operate two mission camps, one in Shelby and one in Red Springs.
These camps house thousands of volunteers each year who come and serve in the community. Many people respond in faith to the gospel through the witness of these volunteers. Another unique ministry that N.C. Baptists support is the NCBM medical/dental ministry.
The two NCBM mobile medical vehicles are available to churches and associations across the state. Last year, more than 4,000 people were treated by volunteer medical personnel on these mobile medical offices in 131 locations. When asked why they do what they do, volunteers tell how they can share the love of Christ with people in need. Numerous people are coming to faith in Christ as a result of this ministry
Of all the NCBM ministries, you are probably most familiar with disaster relief.
Our disaster relief volunteers are such a tremendous blessing. Whenever disaster strikes, our staff and teams are on alert and ready to respond whenever and however they are needed.
Our disaster relief ministry is committed to ongoing assistance after a disaster. More than 1,000 volunteers have assisted in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake, treating more than 160,000 medical patients, constructing 800 shelters and building 46 homes.
N.C. Baptist Men ministries are made possible in large majority by your gifts to the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). Your church should have received in the mail NCMO resources and promotional materials, and if you need additional materials I encourage you to visit.
If you would like to learn more about N.C. Baptist Men and how you can get involved, visit www.baptistsonmission.org.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them … Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40