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Raleigh church provides men, resources for disaster relief

Posted April 15, 2012
Updated April 16, 2012

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— Highland Baptist Church in Raleigh chose to remember the deadly tornadoes that slammed the state one year ago by celebrating their disaster relief efforts.

"It's a celebration of how God used this church to respond immediately" to tornado victims, said Lin Honeycutt, a member of the church and a volunteer with the North Carolina Baptist Men.

The Baptist Men are trained in disaster relief efforts and were one of the leading groups sending resources and volunteers into tornado-ravaged areas. Of the group's 13,000 volunteers statewide, 68 are members of Highland Baptist. 

"To have that many trained volunteers in one church is enormous," Honeycutt said.

During two church services Sunday morning, those volunteers remembered the tornado aftermath. From cutting down trees, securing houses, covering roofs and removing debris from homes and yards, every Baptist Men-trained volunteer became a jack of all trades in the storm aftermath.

Volunteers say the church has invested more than $100,000 in tools and equipment for disaster relief, including three recovery trailers.

Glenn Jackson attended Highland Baptist Sunday morning to say "thank you" after his home was hit by a tornado last year.

"We had men out there for weeks," he said. "It was just a daunting task."

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  • duster 340 Apr 16, 2012

    Thanks Baptist Men for your hard work!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Apr 16, 2012

    "Nice to see religion being used for good. Now if we can just get them to stop forcing their beliefs on others..........."

    You mean like you continue to do with many of your posts? See, not believing, and trying to keep others from saying the believe is the same as FORCING your beliefs on others.

    Typical liberal hypocrit!

  • Tcheuchter Apr 16, 2012

    "A series of storms devastate our planet, kill many of its people...and it’s all controlled by a being who uses some remaining humans to help clean up his mess? Is that really the level of expectation from an all-loving, all-powerful deity?"

    Thus proving that being a good man (kind of sexist isn't it for it to be the "Baptist Men") is not always the same thing as being a particularly deep thinker.

  • Ambygirl Apr 16, 2012

    Thank you cardplayer! Great post.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 16, 2012

    If, as the volunteer said, this is “how God used this church to respond [to tornado victims]”, how is such a god be worthy of worship or praise?

    A series of storms devastate our planet, kill many of its people...and it’s all controlled by a being who uses some remaining humans to help clean up his mess? Is that really the level of expectation from an all-loving, all-powerful deity?

    I may not be as “great” as a god, but I certainly do a lot more “good”. You?

  • Card Player Apr 16, 2012

    Most were likely good folks that would have helped irregardless of their religion. The churches main role was in organizing them to do good. There are other organizations that do similar work without the religious bit so it seems likely its good people not religion at play here. - Tcheuchter

    Nobody does it nearly as well or as quickly.

    Oh and by the way, the red cross food trucks pull up to a NC Baptist Men food preparation tractor-trailer to get the hot meals they distribute to people suffering from catastrophic losses. Most people don't know that.

    These men and women pour their hearts, souls, and money into these efforts. North Carolina Baptists as a whole donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to help those who suffer catastrophic losses. For you to try to minimize it is repugnant.

  • Tcheuchter Apr 16, 2012

    "Darn those Christians out there doing good for the community! There should be a law against this sort of thing. I mean... what do we pay the govt for these days? (sarcastic of course)"

    Most were likely good folks that would have helped irregardless of their religion. The churches main role was in organizing them to do good. There are other organizations that do similar work without the religious bit so it seems likely its good people not religion at play here.

  • Tcheuchter Apr 16, 2012

    Nice to see religion being used for good. Now if we can just get them to stop forcing their beliefs on others...........

  • luv to camp Apr 16, 2012

    I'm not a member of the Baptist Men, but as a Christian father, I am proud to have helped them out last year. Just wish that I could've helped for more than one day.

  • lovelarvae Apr 16, 2012

    Kudos to these volunteers. They do an excellent job.

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