Director of Missions

The Rising Flood

 Hurricane Florence reset the equilibrium in the minds and hearts of many to what is truly important. As the dark and murky flood waters continue to rise, its affects creep into every corner and crevice of peoples’ lives. Nothing is left untouched. Precious possessions sour in the rising flood waters as well as peoples’ hope for stability and consistency in living. Many things are stripped away by the storm. Tragedy visits, and it begins a softening process in the heart that makes it more accessible to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While I was in New York City after 9/11    serving with Baptist Men, I saw this softening of hearts. Working in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, I saw many who were open to the life changing message of the Gospel. Tragedy seems to strip away any pretense or resistance to the precious Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The door of opportunity has opened for us to carry the Gospel to our friends, neighbors, and fellow Carolinians in a greater way than ever before. The work that lies ahead in bringing relief and recovery to North and South Carolina is daunting, yet at the same time, the work of ministering to needs will allow us to display the love and care of Christ. 

It is in times like these that Christians should rise to the occasion of ministry and live out their Biblical convictions. “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). As followers of Christ we can pray, give, and go. We can and should pray fervently for those affected by the flooding. Secondly, we can give to the relief efforts, and thirdly, we can go and help those affected by the storm. Below you will find several ways to do just that. 

There are several locations that have established a collection trailer for supplies for those affected by the storm. One location is at Sun Valley High School sponsored by FFA. The other location is the Union County Agriculture Center in Wingate. The Sun Valley location will accept the following items: toiletries, work gloves, water, diapers, cleaning products, first aid items, canned foods, flashlights, blankets & pillows, baby formula, & pet food. Please call the Ag Center to check what they will accept in their trailer before delivery. 

The Union Baptist Association has also established a fund for Hurricane Relief. You can make you gift to the Union Baptist Association and in the memo notate “NC Disaster Relief.” These monies will be forwarded to the NC Baptist On Mission to aid in relief and recovery. 

Also, we are putting together teams to go out east to help in relief efforts. There are teams now running chain saws, tarping roofs, feeding the multitudes, and sharing the Gospel. In the days ahead, as the waters recede, the process of mudding out homes will begin. We hope your church will send teams to join in the effort to bless the good people of North and South Carolina. If you plan on going please register with the Baptist Men at the following website: www.baptistsonmission.org. There, you can register your team, and you will be sent to a location where the need is the greatest. 

Serving the King Together, 

Eric Cook