Union Baptist Association
Monday, January 26, 2015
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Mission Trips

 
 
 
Ebola Warning
 
 
This morning, we have received a memo from the Union County Health Department Director in reference to Ebola. As of August 12, 2014, there are no Ebola cases in the State of NC.
 
 
Please note the following information included with the memo:
 
 
"Symptoms of Ebola typically include: Fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite.
 
 
Some patients may experience: a rash, red eyes, hiccups, cough, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, bleeding inside and outside of the body."
 
 
Travel is not prohibited to impacted areas. However, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This Level 3 travel warning is a reflection of the worsening Ebola outbreak in this region.
 
 
If members of your organization have traveled to infected areas of Africa, or destinations where travelers could have potentially come in contact with infected people, and develop symptoms as written above, we ask that you contact the Union County Division of Public Health immediately at 704-296-4800. A triage nurse will be available to inform you of the appropriate course of action.
 
 
For more information please visit the following websites:
 
 
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
 
 
World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int/en/"
 
 
 
 
Mission Trip Safety/Security Online Training
 
The NC Baptists Men and Women have partnered with Fort Sherman Academy (FSA) to provide you with an online "A Level" Mission Trip Safety/Security training. This is a 6 hour online training with over 200 slides and videos that would be excellent for team leaders and team members who are going on National or International trips. To take the online course click on the "FSA Training" button below to create an account and get started. You will need to create an acccount with FSA (create a user name and password with FSA). There are instructions below, but make sure that you fill out the "More Info" tab. Make sure that you enter "NCBM2013" for the field labeled "Choose your Organization's Number". After you choose your organization's number (NCBM2013) you will click on "Catalog" and add FSA's Sentinel #100 NCBM to your shopping cart. There is a $12 charge for the 6 hour online training. Complete the rest of the form and then click "Next". You do not have to complete the 6 hour course at one time, but you can start and stop at your convenience. Get started by clicking on the "FSA Training" button below.

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Mission Needs
 
Looking Ahead
 
Interest has been expressed in trips to Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti and other countries.  If you as an individual, or your church as a group, are interested in trips to any of these places, please let us know and we will try to work with you to make it happen.  Pray and ask God where he would like for you to go and what he would have you do.
 
For information on any of these mission trips please call the Union Baptist Association Office at (704) 283-8383.
  
 
  
 
APPALACHIAN MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
 
Appalachian Regional Ministries is part of the Adult Volunteer Mobilization Team at the North American Mission Board. They promote mission projects throughout Appalachia from Alabama through New York. A.R.M. focuses on spiritual needs, poverty needs, and mission needs of the Appalachian population. Whatever talents or gifts your church may have, you can be used of God through this ministry.
 
Jim and Doris Keller live in Union County and are Regional Coordinators for Appalachian Regional Ministries. I have met with them and find them to be a wonderful couple to work with and they are abounding in ways that a church or individual can minister to people in this poverty stricken environment. They are members of one of the churches in our association and are available to share this ministry in any of our churches.
 
If you would like to discuss this ministry with me personally, please feel free to call me at the Missions Resource Center 704-283-8383 or email Jim and Doris at kellersarm@gmail.com. It will be worth your time to check out the A.R.M. website at www.arministry.org.
 
 
STATE AND NATIONAL PROJECTS
 
 
 
Mission Camps–Our Red Springs Mission Camp and Shelby Mission Camp are up and operating.  Volunteers are needed.  Mission Camps allow your church to participate in life-changing mission projects at a very affordable price.  Contact mmountz@ncbaptist.org
 
Baptist Builders–Many construction opportunities exist year round from handyman ministry to disaster rebuild.  Check ncmissions.org or contact the NCBM office for current opportunities.  Some upcoming projects include:  new home construction in Franklin County, a new Chapel at Pender Correctional Center, and disaster rebuild in Pamlico County.  Contact gmoss@ncbaptist.org
 
Appalachian Coalfields Ministry Projects–NC Baptist Men, in partnership with Appalachian Regional Ministries (ARM), has developed the Appalachian Coalfields Ministry. The purpose is to minister both physically and spiritually to people in some of the poorest areas of our nation. The ministry will cover the states of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. Projects may include week-long service in sports, children's ministry, evangelism, music, and/or construction, just to name a few. Mission opportunities may also include the collection, delivery, and distribution of needed items such as food, school supplies, baby care items, clothing, and other, which can be done in the course of a few days or over a weekend. See the 2015 project request list below.


Dewey and Kathie Aiken are the coordinators for the Appalachian Coalfields Ministry. The Aikens bring both a deep passion for showing the love of Christ to others and an understanding of the needs of mission teams. We are delighted to work with Dewey and Kathie in this. Please keep the Aikens in your prayers. See below for a current listing of projects for the NCBM Appalachian Coalfields Ministry. Once you have identified a project you are interested in, click on the project and sign up as team leader. Once you have done so, we will get back with you to provide contact information. You can also contact the NC Baptist Men's Office for further information - 1-800-395-5102 x 5607 or mabernathy@ncbaptist.org
 
Deep Impact National Projects–Contact Tom Beam concerning State and National Student Projects through "Deep Impact".  Contact tbeam@ncbaptist.org
 
Transform 122 National Projects–Contact Tom Beam concerning State and National Collegiate Projects through Transform 122.  Contact tbeam@ncbaptist.org
 
 
Hawaii-Pacific North Carolina Baptists enjoy a meaningful partnership with the churches of the Hawaii-Pacific Baptist Convention. Requests from our sister churches throughout the Hawaiian Islands have come in and are listed below. We need teams to respond to requests for Vacation Bible School, park parties, backyard Bible clubs, music, sports, and other kinds of evangelistic outreach - as well as some construction requests. The Hawaii Islands have long been the "gateway" to the US for many coming from East Asia. Please be in prayer about how you and your church may assist in reaching the lost in Hawaii for Christ. See the list of requests at the bottom of the page. More are on the way!

Projects at the Puu Kahea Baptist Conference Center:

We are also delighted to continue our relationship with the Puu Kahea Baptist Conference Center on the island of Oahu. The conference center has undergone many improvements in the past few years and is a major ministry resource for Hawaii Baptist congregations in inspiring and training their members for ministry. The camp also reaches many lost who come to enjoy a week of summer camp. Many NC teams have served at Puu Kahea over the past several years in maintenance and light construction projects. In addition, many NC couples have served for 1-2 month stints as assistant camp directors. Teams and couples are needed in 2015 as well.

 
Vermont2015 Projects Are Now Listed
 
North Carolina Baptists have enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the churches of the Green Mountain Baptist Association of Vermont since 2005. In that time, thousands of volunteers have served in a variety of ways - from construction to evangelistic outreach. The need is still great. According to a 2014 Gallup Poll, Vermont is the most unchurched state in our nation. Despite that unwanted title, God is at work in Vermont and North Carolina Baptists are playing a part. Since the start of the partnership, the GMBA has gone from 28 to 37 congregations. Church membership is up, baptisms are up, and missions participation is up! In 2015 we will need teams to conduct music outreach, sports camps, prayer walking, block parties, VBS and backyard bible clubs, construction, and more. Please pray about your church's participation in this meaningful partnership. Click here to see 2015 projects.

2014 was an excellent year for our Vermont Partnership. Over 380 volunteers served. We need more teams for 2015. Please pray about your participation and see the many requests for teams below!

Steve and Nellene Carter of Lincolnton, NC, serve as our on-site coordinators in Vermont. The Carters work with Vermont leaders in understanding what a mission team can do for their church. They then collect requests from the field, which are posted on this site. They are a good resource for teams in both the planning process and once they arrive on site in Vermont. We are blessed to have the Carters in this position. Please keep them in your prayers.

Note: The Carters reside in North Carolina for the months of November through April. If you would like them to come speak to your church concerning the work in Vermont, please contact them at shcarter5@att.net. Understand that the Carters raise their own support in order to serve in Vermont. Please be prepared to offer them an honorarium to cover their expenses if you invite them to come speak. If traveling a distance, they will need help with hotel room or a place to stay the night. Thanks!

 
Pennsylvania2015 Projects Are Now Listed Below

For the past six summers, North Carolina Baptist teams have been serving throughout Pennsylvania in a variety of ways, including sports camps, Vacation Bible School, backyard Bible clubs, block parties, prayer walking, renovation, new construction, music outreach, and much more. Many projects have involved service in areas in which church planters are establishing new work. There is great excitement for what North Carolina Baptist teams are contributing to those efforts! Pennsylvania offers North Carolina Baptists a chance to serve Christ in a much-needed area of our nation. The need for sharing Christ and furthering His Kingdom in Pennsylvania is great. See 2015 Project Requests.

2014 was a great year for our Partnership with Baptists in Pennsylvania. We need more teams to serve in 2015 throughout the state! Please pray about your participation in this ministry.

Our teams serve alongside faithful church planters and pastors throughout Pennsylvania. In addition to ministry expertise and resources, volunteer teams also offer Christian encouragement - a valuable resource in an area where there is not a Baptist church on every corner. Please remember these and other dedicated men and women who are doing Kingdom work in an area that is often difficult and sometimes lonely.

Rocky Mountain Work & Witness–Since 2005, NC Baptist Men have been sending teams to serve in the Rocky Mountain area of our nation. Projects have been completed in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. Volunteers have served through construction, VBS, servant evangelism, prayer walking, camp ministry, and more. See the 2015 Projects List below.

Cook Teams for Youth Camps
In 2015, NC Baptist Men will once again send teams to serve at the Inlow Baptist Camp in New Mexico and the Mountaintop Baptist Assembly in Wyoming. Cook teams are needed throughout the summer. Cook teams of 6-8 volunteers render a tremendous service to these Baptist camps. Maintanence teams may also be needed. Team members enjoy getting to meet the campers and the camp staff. These are great places to serve. See projects list.

Teams Needed for Construction in 2015
Each year the Rocky Mountain Work & Witness ministry identifies a growing congregation that needs assistance in the construction of a new worship facility or educational space. We send 10-15 teams to assist in this effort, depending on the size of the project. Teams serve a week at a time, Saturday to Saturday, beginning in early June and typically running through late Augsut or early September. We are currently seeking God's guidance as to what project He would have us do in 2015. Please check back with us.

 
Hawaii Work & WitnessNorth Carolina Baptists enjoy a meaningful partnership with the churches of the Hawaii-Pacific Baptist Convention. Requests from our sister churches throughout the Hawaiian Islands have come in and are listed below. We need teams to respond to requests for Vacation Bible School, park parties, backyard Bible clubs, music, sports, and other kinds of evangelistic outreach - as well as some construction requests. The Hawaii Islands have long been the "gateway" to the US for many coming from East Asia. Please be in prayer about how you and your church may assist in reaching the lost in Hawaii for Christ. See the list of requests at the bottom of the page. More are on the way!


Projects at the Puu Kahea Baptist Conference Center:

We are also delighted to continue our relationship with the Puu Kahea Baptist Conference Center on the island of Oahu. The conference center has undergone many improvements in the past few years and is a major ministry resource for Hawaii Baptist congregations in inspiring and training their members for ministry. The camp also reaches many lost who come to enjoy a week of summer camp. Many NC teams have served at Puu Kahea over the past several years in maintenance and light construction projects. In addition, many NC couples have served for 1-2 month stints as assistant camp directors. Teams and couples are needed in 2015 as well. See the 2015 Project Request List.

 
  
INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS/PARTNERSHIPS
 
Deep Impact International Projects–International Youth Projects are available through "Deep Impact".  There will be a Deep Impact camp in Honduras.  Contact Tom Beam at tbeam@ncbaptist.org
 
Transform122 International Projects–Contact Tom Beam concerning State and National Projects through Transform122.  Contact tbeam@ncbaptist.org
 
Ukraine Gypsy Partnership–NC Baptist Men are partnering with Hungarian Baptist Aid to minister to gypsy people.  Medical teams are needed and providing a great ministry to the gypsies.  VBS is always popular with children and adults in the camps and villages because of the number of children.  Contact jburchette@ncbaptist.org
 
Haiti–Medical teams are needed in Haiti.  Contact Gaylon Moss, gmoss@ncbaptist.org
 
Honduras–NC Baptist Men have been sending teams to Honduras for the past seventeen years. The purpose of our being in Honduras is to partner with Honduran congregations in proclaiming the gospel of Christ. All teams (including construction) are encouraged to participate in evangelistic outreach to the communities in which they work. This may include prayer walks, door-to-door visitation, VBS or Backyard Bible Clubs for the children, etc. Most of our area of focus in 2015 will be south of Tegucigalpa, in and around the Choluteca area, as there are many needs in that area.

Click Here to see the kinds of ministry our teams participate in.

Click Here to see what NC Baptist Men provide for each team serving in Honduras.
 
IndiaNagaland, India (Thresher Project)
For many years, NC Baptist Men have partnered with the Ladakh Development Foundation (LDF) in India. Through this effort, teams have taken portable barley threshers into remote villages in the Himalayan mountains of India. These areas are heavily Buddhist. The thresher project has provided an incredible open door to build relationships among the Buddhist people. New areas have opened up for this ministry in 2014 and beyond.

Factory Construction. Two teams of 8-10 are needed to assist in the construction of a small factory for portable, gas-operated threshing machines. Teams will construct a thresher factory in Dimapur, Nagaland, India. The structure will be cement block with a tin roof, approximately 30’ x 60’. The October 2014 team (12-25) will primarily be involved in block laying. Team will need at least three knowledgeable block layers and several strong backs. The January 2015 team (18-31) will put the roof on, install doors, ect.

Cost. The estimated cost of the trip will be approximately $2600 – 2800, depending on the cost of airline tickets at time of purchase This includes round-trip airfare to Dimapur, Nagaland, India, in-country transportation, lodging, meals, volunteer insurance, and Indian visa.

Click Here to See More Informaiton

Those interested in participating should contact Mark Abernathy, NC Baptist Men, at 919-291-3657 or at mabernathy@ncbaptist.org. 
 
Bihar, India
From time to time, North Carolina Baptist Men sponsor mission and vision trips to Bihar, India. These teams travel to witness and participate in the work that God is doing in Bihar, one of India's poorest states. Team members have the opportunity to share testimony, preach, teach, and otherwise fellowship with and encourage both believers and seekers.

Cost of these trips vary depending on airline costs and dates of travel.

 
Cuba–Teams in 2014 will work to finish the construction of the Cuban Baptist Home for the Elderly in Santiago.  Teams will have the opportunity to visit with and get to know Cuban Baptists as well as worship in local churches.  Contact froma@ncbaptist.org
 
Armenia–Work in 2014 will present opportunities for construction, VBS, sports, pastor's conferences, Bible studies for ladies and men.  There is also a church planter sponsorship program.  Contact jburchette@ncbaptist.org
 
Kenya Work & Witness–NCBM, working in partnership with the Baptist Convention of Kenya, will sponsor mission teams to the African nation of Kenya in 2015. The nature of the mission effort will be two-fold: 1) to participate in a house-building/church planting effort in Western Kenya, and 2) to assist the Kenya Baptist Theological College in Limuru with various projects, which may include construction and renovation, teaching and other instruction, library work, etc.


Houses of Hope Project in Kisumu

The Kenya Baptist Convention has undertaken a bold initiative of planting 1000 new house churches in the next several years. One of the strategies for doing this involves community service projects in which mission teams help build a house for four needy families in strategic church plant areas. These are usually widows, many of whom are forced to move back to their home place after their husband dies. They are often at the mercy of the community for any housing at all. The house building project brings the community together for service to one of its neighbors and exposes them to the gospel through a house dedication service. Local pastors are active in planning, conducting, and follow-up of the project with the goal of starting a Bible Study in the new homes, and eventually a new church in the area. Teams will also have opportunity to share their testimony and plan of salvation in village homes, minister to the many children who gather for the project, and participate in a house dedication service. Some teams also have opportunity to witness in local schools.

Click here for more information about this project.
 

Kenya Baptist Theological College (KBTC)

Located near the town of Limuru in the Kenyan Highlands, about an hour north of Nairobi, the Kenya Baptist Theological College (KBTC) is owned and operated by the Baptist Convention of Kenya. Students come from all over Eastern and Southern Africa to receive theological training. Graduates of the school go on to provide leadership in churches throughout Africa. The college is undergoing a major transition. Mission teams are needed to assist in both renovation/construction, as well as individuals and small teams to lead in teaching, discipleship, evangelism, etc. We foresee this being a long-term mission need.

SECURING A DATE TO SERVE: The projects listed below have been set up for specific teams that are already planning to go. If you would like to put together a team, contact Mark Abernathy at 1-800-395-5102 x 5607; 919-459-5607; or abernathy@ncbaptist.org. Trips customarily run from Tuesday until the following Friday (11 days) - yearlong. Call or e-mail with a date in mind, we will clear that with our contacts in Kenya and then begin the process of registering your team. It may be possible for individuals to add to existing teams.
 
Unreached People Groups (UPG)–Is your church willing to adopt an Unreached People group?  There are many people who have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel.  We are working to offer opportunities for your church to pray for and engage in ministry to an UPG.  If interested, contact rbrunson@ncbaptist.org
 
Guatemala–North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM), working in partnership with IICD (International Indigenous Community Development) will send volunteer mission teams to central Guatemala, throughout 2015 and in the years to come, to assist with construction and maintenance, evangelism, medical, dental, and longer term service. Teams may serve at the Good Shepherd Ministry Center or a the Good Shepherd Children's Home. Located in Quetzaltenango, these ministries primarily serve the Quiche people, who are the largest indigenous Mayan group in Guatemala.

Teams are needed for 2015! Please pray about bringing a team to serve in one of the following ways:

Health Clinic and Training Center Construction TeamVillage Evangelism TeamMedical Team
Dental Team Children's Home Construction and Maintenance TeamCommunity Evangelism Team
Children's Home Assistants

Teams of 8-12 will serve from Saturday to Saturday throughout most of the year. Click here to see a current date list. NCBM will secure airfare, volunteer missionary insurance, and all logistics for the team. Costs will vary somewhat depending on the current cost of airfare and the number of volunteers on the team. Click here to see additional information about potential costs.


For more information, or to set up a date and project for your team, please contact Mark Abernathy at NC Baptist Men - 919-459-5607 or mabernathy@ncbaptist.org. Once team leader secures a project date, each team member will register online. A deposit of $300 per person will be due no less than 60 days prior to the date of departure. Balance will be due 30 days prior to departure.