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Greetings VOLUNTEERS. I pray your summer is going well and the Lord is blessing you daily. Fall is around the corner and I’m sure plans are being made for last minute trips and family gatherings before school and other time requirements take control of your lives. As you may recall,  ABMen-USA Disaster Relief teams have been working in Sellers, SC.  Hurricane Matthew flooded this small, poor community in October 2016. There are still people living with friends or other family members because their own homes are not yet livable.

Jack Cobb, ABMen-USA Disaster Relief Coordinator and I will return to Sellers on Sunday, September 3, 2017 to work from Monday, September 4, 2017 to Saturday afternoon, September 9th. The work projects include rehabilitating floors, walls, electrical and other actions necessary for getting these deserving and grateful families back in their homes.

Yes, we are calling for a work party during the “Labor” Day week. What better way to spend “Labor” Day than to “Labor” in the Mission Field for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen!  I have become very close to many of the people of Sellers and find them to be God loving, precious friends, who truly appreciate the smallest sacrifice we might do for them. Many of them are elderly, some with medical issues and some are not employed. But they are very deserving of whatever we can do to help bring their lives back to normalcy.

Please prayerfully consider joining us in Sellers, SC during “Labor” Day week. Perhaps you can join us for only a day or two, but any help will be greatly appreciated. We enjoy great fellowship with co-laborers and the local people of the community. Sellers is located on US route 301 and is about an hour from Myrtle Beach, SC. We stay at the Community Center located at 2635 Main St, Sellers, SC 29592. We sleep on Red Cross cots and prepare some of our meals and others are provided. We have a rudimentary shower stall fabricated in the janitor’s closet. You will need a sleeping bag and pillow or sheets and blanket and personal items such as towels, wash cloth, soap, etc.

Please contact me by August 25, 2017 if you plan to join us in this mission experience. God will bless you!


Lucky Ray

Executive Director, ABMen-USA


Hurricane Sandy – NJ Team 4 Plans

Three ABMen Disaster Relief Teams composed of more than 50 volunteers have cut up and removed hundreds of trees and cleaned three water damaged homes in Monmouth County NJ since November 15th.

A few days ago, I issued a call for a fourth team to perform mudouts beginning the Monday after Christmas. Thus, I will be coordinating mud-out teams responding to the Hurricane Sandy disaster for the two weeks beginning December 30, 2012. Volunteers may come and go as their schedule dictates. Due to limited space at our host church for only 15 men and 5 women, please coordinate with me the dates of your availability.

I currently have registrations for 6 volunteers (2 women) the first week and 14 (1 woman) for the second week. If volunteer demand exceeds space availability, I have contacts for other locations where additional teams may be able to make lodging/shower arrangements.

Sayre Woods Bible Church, 2290 US Highway 9, Old Bridge New Jersey will provide room and board. They request $25 per diem to cover the expenses of hosting us. If you are not a member of an ABMen Disaster Relief Team that covers your expenses, please plan to pay Sayre Woods Bible Church directly.

Corrections to previous email:

1. Sunday December 30 is an acceptable travel day for our 4th trip to NJ.

2. Rebuild teams are needed immediately and continuing for months.


Jack Cobb
American Baptist Men-USA
Disaster Relief Coordinator
(304) 757-8081 Home
(304) 206-8462 Cell

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