Etowah Baptist Church
Sunday, September 15, 2019
The Diaster Relief Ministry is one of North Carolina Baptist Men's 13 ministries. All of these ministries receive funds from the NC Baptist Men's budget, through the State Missions Offering.

Under the supervision of a state lay coordinator, Baptist men are organized to meet hte needs of people during hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. Providing meals, cleaning up destroyed areas, and repairing homes are but a few of the ways North Carolina Baptist Men respond to a disaster.

The mass feeding ministry began in 1977 when NC Baptist Men purchased a 5-foot used trailer. The trailer was moved to Camp Caraway and the job of stripping and rebuilding the unit began. Baptist churches from all over the state sent work teams to Camp Caraway to complete the trailer. In June 1982, NC Baptist Men purchased a Mack tractor to pull the unit. With the unit almost completed by August 1982, the unit was dedicated at the Baptist Men's Board Meeting at Camp Caraway.
We now have three units, two of which are equipped to prepare 10,000 meals a day. The other can prepare 25,000 meals a day. They are self-contained so when it moves into a disaster area all that is needed is parking space and water.

In addition, NCBM Disaster Relief has grown to include Recovery units, shower units, a Child Care unit, Landry units, Water Purification unit, and Generator units.

Teams are organized in each of the ten regions. Each team is made up of several members: a team captain, cook(s) inventory specialist, sanitation team and kitchen personnel. These teams repsond to disasters on a rotation basis.

Disaster Relief consists of the following ministries:
  • Mass Feeding: Volunteers utilize mobile feeding units to feed large groups of people.
  • Recovery: Mobile tool trailers are outfitted with practically everything a volunteer needs to assist in damage repair and reduction. Chainsaws are included to help remove tree debris. Some units have power washers to speed the "mud out" process. During nondisaster times, these teams assist people with handyman projects.
  • Temporary Emergency Childcare: A mobile childcare unit is available so that trained men and women can work together to provide children a safe, clean, constructive environment. This assists parents who are engaged in the toil of getting their lives and homes back together.
  • Water Purification: Volunteers operate a mobile water purification unit to bring clean water to survivors of disasters.