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HURRICANE HARVEY

August 30, 2017

Dear ABMen Brothers in Christ;

ABMen USA endeavors to provide representation and communication to all ABC Regions and ABM USA Districts including making sure all regional and local men might be aware of mission and ministry needs. I wanted to update you on recent ministry communications in response to Hurricane Harvey.

American Baptists are members of the North American Baptist Fellowship (NABF) which includes most Baptist denominations across America and Canada including of course ABMen USA and the Texas Baptist Men. The Texas folks are the “big dogs”, well funded and well organized, and we thank God for their ministry. All of the participating NABF organizations have specific “specialties” in terms of what they bring to the recovery table and while there may be regional variations, ABMen USA Disaster Relief is typically a ministry resource for labor, chainsaw & debris removal teams, mud-out services and re-build support following such a disaster. A perfect example of that are the continuing efforts in Sellers, SC following Hurricane Matthew, where teams from West Virginia will make their 6th trip back to that community in just a few days. Our ministry responds wherever needed, tending to seek out the elderly, the poor or the uninsured.

As a men’s ministry we essentially provide clean up labor and re-construction skills. However, much like following Hurricane Katrina, the current response is focused on rescue and rescue support priorities at this time both in SE Texas and SW Louisiana and the call for our response is weeks or more away. A coordinated response is extremely critical to its effectiveness and our information is that it will be several weeks before waters will recede to the point where NABF teams, including ABMen USA Disaster Relief National Coordinator Jack Cobb, will travel to the Texas / Louisiana region to survey the area and identify needs and details of a coming national call for volunteers. For that national call work sites need to be identified and locations for housing & feeding responders need to be arranged. As in the past, ABMen USA and American Baptist Homes Mission Societies (ABHMS) are working together on our response.

Ironically just last week at our National Board meetings in Oregon, ABHMS informed us that approval had been received on a joint grant application (ABHMS / ABM USA) we had submitted for 2 mobile disaster shower trailers, something we have needed many times over the last 10 years. ABMen USA will man and maintain these trailers and one will be staged on the East Coast and the other in the Midwest once construction and delivery are complete - but it’s not known when they will be available to us if at all in regard to this response.

I also wanted to share that I was told yesterday that in anticipation of a national ABMen USA disaster response, our banking partner, Christian Community Credit Union has pledged to match every dollar raised for our relief efforts toward Hurricane Harvey, up to 5000.00.

The reality of this event indicates initially that this may well surpass the needs realized following Hurricane Katrina. This will be a long journey for that region and ABMen USA, along with ABHMS, are working to make sure those willing and able to respond can do so safely and directly to a needed community.

Please continue to pray for all of the first responders, volunteers and the hundreds of thousands of people displaced and affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you or your men’s groups wish to further support our mission at this time, you can send your monetary donations to:

ABMen USA
c/o Dave Cross – Treasurer
223 Maple Street
Athens, Pa 18810

Or donate through our website at www.abmen.org.

May we always be up to HIS challenge.

Bob Slechta
President
American Baptist Men, USA

KEY CONTRIBUTOR

REGISTER NOW!!! FOR HOPI MISSION PROJECT APRIL 8 TO APRIL 26, 2013

Hello Brothers and Sisters and fellow Missionaries. As you know, we accomplished a great deal of work last year at Sunlight Mission Church and facilities at Second Mesa, AZ. We established some really good friendships and witnessed great support and satisfaction for the work we accomplished. We will return April 8, 2013, working through Friday, April 26, 2013. Of course, the length of the Mission is dependent upon funding and volunteers. Right now, our funds are very low for this Mission and you can help by informing your friends, social groups and churches that they can donate on line at www.abmen.org or send donations to ABMen-USA HOPI, PO Box 1019, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

If we are not able to fund the total construction of the “new multipurpose building” this year, we hope to at least prepare the foundation work so the building can be completed next year in 2014. Because of funding, our concentration this year will be toward the playground, additional repairs/remodeling  to the church, some maintenance on the Parsonage and the Community Center, the basketball court, additional work on the water system, septic system and other tasks as requested by the Missionaries, Scott and Melinda Wight.

The cost for volunteers is the same as last year: $40 non-refundable registration fee and $125  per week for food and lodging.  If you plan to volunteer for this worthwhile Mission, please do so soon. You can REGISTER ON LINE at www.abmen.org and you can PAY ON LINE. Should you desire to use the hands on method, please go to www.abmen.org and download the REGISTRATION FORMS and send them along with your payment to me at the address listed on the form and listed below.  If you, as a leader,  want to register a group, please contact me to do that.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING AS A VOLUNTEER MISSIONARY FOR THIS MISSION IS MARCH 30, 2013.

Please prayerfully consider joining us for another opportunity to minister to the needs of the Hopi Indians at Second Mesa, AZ. They are a peaceful, proud and friendly people, who have great needs that we can fill.

 

IHS

Lucky Ray

President, ABMen-USA

luckyray1@suddenlink.net

304-549-9285

824 Chestnut St

South Charleston, WV 25309

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