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:
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Appalachian Coalfields Ministry Projects–Ministers both physically and spiritually to people in some of the poorest areas of our nation, covering the states of Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia and North Carolina. Projects may include week-lomg service in sports, children, evangelism, music, and/or construction ministry. 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Deep Impact National Projects–Contact Tom Beam concerning State and National Student Projects through "Deep Impact". Contact email@example.com
Transform 122 National Projects–Contact Tom Beam concerning State and National Collegiate Projects through Transform 122. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Vermont–Teams are needed to do VBS, choir tours, sports camps, drama outreach, prayer walks, and a variety of construction projects. Vermont is the most unchurched state in our nation. We need teams! Contact email@example.com
Pennsylvania–Project requests come from a variety of settings: small towns, rural "Amish" country, and urban Pittsburgh. A variety of projects have been requested from construction to evangelistic outreach, to music and drama. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocky Mountain Work & Witness–NC volunteers will have opportunity to help in the construction of a new church building. We are also planning to aid once again at the Mountaintop Baptist Assembly in Casper, WY and at the Inlow Youth Camp in New Mexico. Cook and maintenance teams are needed and teams for other individual projects as well. Contact email@example.com
Hawaii Work & Witness–NC Baptist Men will continue to send volunteers to the Puu Kahea Baptist Conference Center and to assist the Hawaii-Pacific Baptist Convention in facilities upkeep and other special projects. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Transform122 International Projects–Contact Tom Beam concerning State and National Projects through Transform122. Contact firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Honduras–Our work in Honduras continues because there are still many needs in that country. Teams participate in construction (homes for the needy and a S.S. classroom), evangelism, medical, or some combination of the above. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
India–A great opportunity for NC Baptists exists in Bihar, the poorest state in India. In a place that is only 0.5% Christian, God is at work. A local Christian pastor has begun a training school for church planters, an orphanage for at-risk children, and a sewing school for women. Churches, Sunday School classes, or individuals can adopt a village for $2800. This will provide a well, a literacy school, a medical clinic, Bibles, and regular visits by a church planter in an effort to establish a Church. Contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Kenya Work & Witness–Teams are needed to travel to Kenya to assist in the Houses of Hope, a church planting effort in which teams build 4 houses in 4 days for families in need. Teams will also have opportunity to do children's ministry, sports, eyeglass clinics, and more. Trip dates can be set up according to your schedule. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lebanon–Opportunity to construct a training/retreat center, sponsor an evangelical event, and/or sponsor children to attend a Christian camp. Contact email@example.com
Gaza–NCBM are working with a group to sponsor children in a Christian School in Gaza who otherwise are unable to attend because their parents cannot afford the supplies, backpacks and uniforms. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in a child's life. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Guatemala–NC Baptist Men, working in cooperation with International Indigenous Community Development (IICD) in central Guatemala, will send teams to assist in the construction of a community health clinic and leadership training center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org