Hurricane Sandy Relief

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy the North Carolina Baptist on Mission (NCBM) Assessors are trying to send groups to locations in North Carolina and New Jersey.

They are in need of volunteers to go to New Jersey on the feeding unit trips. Anyone interested in going to New Jersey to help needs to contact Todd Phillips by phone at 704-651-8932 or via email Todd@pcrconstruction.net

Todd is also looking to start a list of  recovery volunteers for locations here in North Carolina and then head north. The primary locations in North Carolina will be at the Outer Banks. The NCBM is looking to send groups out in the next few days. If you are interested contact Todd Phillips or click here for more information and ways to donate or volunteer.

 

 

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Report: +1 Initiative: Charlotte – Local Missions Day and Disaster Relief Training

Hickory Grove impacted our community this weekend through the +1 Initiative Local Missions Day and Disaster Relief Training. Over 100 volunteers reached out in five areas of service. Here is a report and gallery from this weekend:

Lois Lodge – 18 volunteers assisted at the Walk-a Thon for the Maternity Home. The praise team One Voice entertained while the others assisted with a bake sale, manned a bouncy house for kids and walked.

Hickory Grove Elementary School – 40 volunteers assisted with  installing mulch, pine needles, flowers, trimmed shrubs, repair fencing, picnic tables, and garden boxes to beautify the grounds.

Car Care – 7 men volunteered at the Car Care Ministry and repaired 18 cars of single moms. The Gospel was shared twice and 1 accepted Christ!

Clothes Closet  – 10 volunteers assisted with the clothes closet and 35 people from the community visited the “closet”.

Disaster Relief – 30 volunteers from Hickory Grove were trained in administration, recovery, medical and feeding to be prepared for disaster relief.

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Disaster Relief Training – April 20-21

There has been an incredible response from our members to help those in the community that were victims of the recent Tornado but we still need volunteers for our Disaster Relief team.

If you are interested in joining the Hickory Grove team and getting trained for Disaster Relief you can register online at the Baptist on Mission website for the next training certification which is April 20 & 21 in Union County.

Training consists of a 2 day orientation to the Disaster Relief ministry which includes history, policies, procedures, and technical training in the field you choose. There are many fields to choose from when you register.

  • Schedule: Check-in begins at 2:30 on Friday. Classes from 4:30 – 10 p.m. Classes finish on Saturday by 3 p.m. If you cannot arrive for class on Friday by 5:15 p.m. please choose another date and location to participate.
  • Accommodations: 3 meals (Fri. supper, Sat. breakfast and lunch). This is an OVERNIGHT training. Participants will sleep at the facility/church dormitory style, men and women separated. Bring your cot/air mattress (no doubles) and anything you need for sleeping. We do NOT provide sleep gear, only space! Showers provided.
  • Age 18+. Recovery 15+ With Parent.
  • Cost for Basic Training: $40, includes training manual, hat, shirt, id badge, mirror hanger and 3 meals. NON-REFUNDABLE. Credit Card/Checks accepted.
  • Note: The training is designed to be as realistic as possible. Flexibility is key to having a good experience. Please do not register for this training if you cannot stay for the entire event. 
  • To Register: Click on the links below to register for the region where you prefer to train. Complete registration for each participant. Participants registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Training class size is limited.
  • The remaining training dates this year are as follows:

Hickory Grove Baptist Church partners with the North Carolina Baptist Men for our disaster relief efforts.  The North Carolina Baptist Men is the largest Baptist relief unit in the nation.  They have a wonderful reputation for assistance and have been used in disaster relief and recovery all over the world.

One of the first steps in partnering with NC Baptist Men is for them to train volunteers.  The training allows volunteers to become versed in disaster relief efforts and eventually to receive training in such areas as food preparation, recovery and building efforts, childcare, administration and communications. The more trained volunteers we have as a church the more opportunities we will have to respond to not only the disasters in future catastrophic events.

Please take this opportunity to sign up!

A Letter from Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse wants to thank Hickory Grove Baptist Church for partnering with us and allowing us to go into the community and see many come to Christ through this outreach.

We are grateful that you have been willing to feed and house our teams and for the kindness that your staff has shown us.  We appreciate your partnership with us in serving the Lord by helping us minister to those who have been affected by this storm. You have been a great blessing to us and we pray we have been a blessing to them as we share the love of Jesus Christ.

Sincerely,
Tim Haas
Manager, U. S. Disaster Relief

Clothes Needed for Tornado Victims

We are in need of clothing donations for men, women and children to help the victims of Saturday’s tornado. Please bring new or gently used clothing donations to the Guest Services Desk at Main Campus by Friday, March 9 at 5:00 PM.

If you are a victim of a tornado or know someone who is, the Clothes Closet will be open this Saturday, March 10 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM in Room 2102 in the Family Life Center. Please stop by during this time to receive clothing.

A Letter of Thanks

The following email was sent to Hickory Grove’s Disaster Relief team from Jeff Williams, whose mother-in-law’s house was damaged by Saturday’s storms:

I cannot express to you how much your efforts are appreciated. I was highly impressed with the response, dedication, and enthusiasm  from your teams. I know my Mother and Father in law feel the same.

You guys certainly showed God’s love and compassion for this community. Had I not been a Christian already, I would have been asking questions about how I could become one, to me it was that powerful! I would say that you reached your goals by remaining Christ centered and focused on serving HIM. I know we were just one family you helped, I could only imagine what you did as a group throughout the rest of the area. Please feel free to share my feelings with whomever you desire.

Again, Praise God and thank you so much for your serving!

Please contact me if there is any way I can help your ministry. This propels me to get more involved with my own Church and the organization’s we have.

Jeff Williams

Disaster Relief: “Our intention is to put feet to the Gospel”

A large team of volunteers from Hickory Grove led by many of our pastors, continued today with storm related debris removal and clean up in a new area of Charlotte: Plaza Road Extension. The destruction was heavy with an excessive amount of downed trees, some of which were immense.

Local news crews were on hand highlighting the volunteer effort. This report is from local station WCNC News Channel 36:

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Full article here

Click here for another report from WBTV News Channel 3

If you would be interested in learning more about Disaster Relief, please call the Missions Office at 704-531-4028.