I appreciate all the volunteers that help with Master’s Men Disaster Response Teams. Alan Austin and some men from his church in Florida are back in Albany, GA. Tim Hayes and several men from IL are headed to Hattiesburg, MS to begin work Monday. If you would like to volunteer or donate, give us a call at 1-877-767-8039.
There are Free Will Baptist already working in this area. (Thomas Holloway)
Bob Birmingham is pulling the Mississippi Free Will Baptist Disaster Relief Team trailer to the area on Tuesday (1/24). Thomas will be in charge of the equipment. If you have questions about arrangements call Thomas at 601-912-2248. Bob can be reached at 662-397-6408.
As you can see, 8 Days of Hope is making plans and preparation to help also. Possibly you can help in their effort. (See Below)
Are you ready to serve?
The Hattiesburg, MS area needs your help! This past weekend a F3 tornado damaged over 500 homes in and around Hattiesburg! They need our help desperately! Our brothers and sisters in Hattiesburg could use some hope, the hope of Christ! Many homes need tarps, chainsaw work, and debris cleanup. Also, many homeowners need help salvaging what remains.
It’s time to pray, use your hands and feet, or consider other ways to support the efforts that will begin this week to help our Mississippi friends. All you need is a servant’s heart. If God is prompting you, then please respond. Healing is needed in this area and you can help!
– Please sign up to volunteer at eightdaysofhope.com.
– Spread the word! Please forward this to all your friends and family. Consider posting this need on social media.
– Pray fervently that we will serve in a way that people would see Jesus in us!
– Check in will begin this Thursday, January 26th after 6:00 pm. (Breakfast on the 27th is our first meal.)
– Volunteers will start serving Friday, January 27th. We plan to serve through Friday, February 17th. (We could extend this a week.)
Please consider helping in the relief efforts in Hattiesburg .Thank you! May God bless you as we all pray for the families in this community and others across the nation that have been hit hard by the recent disasters.
Many have been asking about helping out in the Gatlinburg, TN area following the fires there. I have been in contact with different ones in the area but went Monday and met with the director of the distribution center there. At this time they have been overwhelmed with donations. To the point he is shipping off tons of clothing. At this time they have what they need but asked if we could help with nonperishable food items after Christmas.
So here is the plan, any persons or individuals in the Nashville, TN area can collect items. NO BEANS! Bush’s beans has delivered a semi load and will provide more if necessary. Coffee, rice, pasta, canned vegetables, peanut butter.
Also needed are diapers of all sizes and baby wipes. If you are a church, let me know and I will arrange pick up. Individuals can drop off at The Donelson Fellowship anytime before Christmas.
They are also asking for monetary donations to provide for the needs that come up.We will be accepting donations and will take a check with us for the amount donated when we deliver the food.
For those outside the Tennessee area, if you would like to help, call and we can help with a plan. Of course you can send a monetary gift and that will be easiest.
I have also been in contact with another group in the area that will be working for the next several months assisting those affected by the fires. They are asking for volunteers currently to help unload shipments at their warehouse and will be looking for construction volunteers in the spring.
Enjoy a three-day, 54-hole, two-man scramble sponsored by Master’s Men. A bargain at $325, the fee includes green and cart fees at award-winning Stonebridge Country Club, three nights of lodging at Merry Acres Inn 319 Osprey Ridge Court, Albany, GA, three breakfasts, and two dinners. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy unforgettable days of fun, fellowship, and fast greens! (more…)
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Just heard back from Pastor Cody Mansfield at Tabernacle FWB Church in Kinston, NC. They are beginning clean up this Saturday. We need everyone that can to show up and help. Still checking on other churches and we will keep updating as we receive information. There have also been many families displaced by flooding. If you can help financially you can send it to our office or to the NC FWB Sate office.
I just talked to Cody Mansfield, pastor at Tabernacle FWB Church in Kinston, NC. Their church had seven feet of water and still has two feet. As soon as the water goes away he will let us know and we will make a plan. Also heard from Rueben Cason and he said Faith in Goldsboro had no water in their main building but did in the school.
I just returned from South Georgia and saw the damage there. If you would like to help with clean up there contact me.
We are continuing to collect funds to help.
Just got off the phone with Bro. Reuben Cason, promotional man for North Carolina. Several churches have been affected by the floods from Hurricane Matthew. But because water is still rising in many areas we can’t respond yet. Once the rivers crest and the waters subside we will need lots of help. Master’s Men will stay in touch and get the word out ASAP when things start moving. Or he can contact Bro. Reuben for information or to volunteer or make a donation. 252-230-4430
More updates. Flooding waters continue to rise in NC. We can’t go in until the water goes down, which they are saying may be this weekend. There are other areas that need help. Let us know if you can go help. Clean up and chain saws seem to be needed.
As probably many of you have already seen, there is widespread flooding and destruction caused by Matthew. If you want to help please let me know and we can point you in the right direction. If you can’t go but would like to help you can send your donations to Master’s Men and we will make sure it gets to where you want it to go or where we see the greatest need. Our address is. PO Box 5002 Antioch, TN 37011
I have talked to pastors or state leaders in FL, GA, NC and SC and so far have only found one FWB Church that received any significant damage. I am waiting for a call to see what kind of help they might need. Once everything slows down, we will see where we need to go and what we need to do. Update: getting news that there may be flooding in NC that has affected churches there. Again we will keep you updated.
Here is the plan.
Thanks to Pastor Allen Austin and his crew for a quick response last week. Thank you to Pastor Steve Trail and First FWB Church of Dothan, AL for the use of their trailer and donated funds.
We will be working in Denham Springs, LA beginning Monday, August 29. We have arranged with Hebron Baptist Church located at 24063 Old Louisiana Hwy 16 in Denham Springs, LA for lodging. We are still working on meals, but there are usually several places provided. Please bring cots or an air mattress along with bedding or sleeping bag and personal toiletries and towels.
We are needing volunteers to help with tear out and clean up at this time. Bringing rubber boots and breathing masks are a plus. Work gloves are also recommended. We will be removing wet sheetrock and insulation.
Donations are also being accepted to help cover costs for supplies and assisting volunteers. Donations can be sent to Master’s Men Disaster response PO Box 5002 Antioch, TN 37011, or donations can be made via Paypal through our website www.fwbmastersmen.org/donate .
If you can go, contact Ken Akers, 931-265-2333 or email email@example.com.
Master’s Men National Softball Tournament 2016
Rain rain go away!
It was a hot time in Nashville for the annual Master’s Men National Softball Tournament.
We started Friday with a 60% chance of rain that the weather forecasters dropped to 0%. Well we all know the weather man is always right, NOT! Around 2:00, one of the worst rain and wind storms I’ve seen in a long time set in. Not sure how much fell, but it was a lot. What looked like the end, turned out to be a 3 hour delay. Special thanks to the Franklin City Parks staff. Their guys hit the fields immediately and with the great design of the fields, we were able to finish around 8:00PM.
We came back Saturday morning ready for day two. Most of the day was kept cooler by a cloud cover. Sometime in the afternoon, play was halted for an hour due to lightning in the area. Play resumed and we were in the final games when rain and lightning returned. After a short delay, with the agreement of the last two teams, the tournament was over. Special recognition to the team from Good Springs that agreed to stop play and keep players from possible injuries.
We appreciate all the teams that came and the good sportsmanship and attitude of MOST of the teams and players.
Finishing first was Sylacauga, AL, followed by Good Spring from Tennessee in second. Finishing third was Beulah from Florida and Lebanon #1 from South Carolina was fourth.
Master’s Men National Golf Tournament 2016
Yes, it was another hot day of golf in Nashville.
With the temperatures reaching the low nineties, some would say it was too hot for golf. But 40 men thought different. Starting at 7:30 AM, the guys hit the course for the annual gathering.
With only a slight delay due to a scattered shower, our golfers were able to finish the course before sitting down to a delicious Tennessee bar-b-que lunch.
While scores were not as low as the past, we still had several teams shooting under par.
Finishing first in the Championship flight, for the third time in the last four years, was the team of Ronnie Dunn and Paul Ballard, with a five under 67. Just one stroke back was the father-son duo of Tommy and Cage Ellis with a 68. Also under par was the team of Jerry Atwell and Danny Dwyer with a 69 and Terry Patterson and Garrett McLaughlin with a 71.
Other trophy winners were First place First flight Jeff Richter and Jeremy Skiles, Second place First flight Paul Webb and Ron Malone with matching 75. First place Second flight went to Jeff Caudill and Allen Pointer with an 84, followed by Darrell Biri and Garry Sloan with an 85.
Thanks to all the golfers for their support of Master’s Men. Also thanks to all our partners that sponsored holes and gave door prizes.
Ronnie Dunn and Paul Ballard
Tommy Ellis and Cage Ellis
Jeff Richter and Jeremy Skiles
Ron Malone and Paul Webb
Jeff Caudill and Allen Pointer
Darrell Biri and Garry Sloan
On September 19 volunteers gathered at the new location of Truth Free Will Baptist Church in Castle Rock, Colorado to distribute information about the new church being started in their neighborhood. Pastor Donnie Burke, along with his wife Susan and other volunteers, placed literature on the doors of many neighborhood homes. (more…)
September 10-13 found seven men from three states converging on Salt Lake City, Utah for the purpose of replacing a deteriorating roof at the Crosspoint Free Will Baptist Church. Master’s Men Director Ken Akers, along with North American Ministries Church Planting Director Brad Ransom, were joined by volunteers from Arkansas and North Carolina to assist in this project. (more…)
ANTIOCH, TN—This week, an indirect hit from Hurricane Joaquin combined with heavy tropical moisture to produce record rainfall (18 inches or more in a 24-hour period) and flooding in South Carolina. According to Chris Todd, promotional director for the South Carolina State Association, at least three Free Will Baptist churches have been affected by the flooding, and many Free Will Baptist families have been displaced as a result of the high waters. (more…)
Eastern Kentucky Disaster Response
Master’s Men will be meeting and coordinating response to the recent flooding in eastern Kentucky. We will be meeting at 9:00 AM Monday July 27 at the Louisa Free Will Baptist Church 62 Southside Loop Rd. Louisa, KY 41230. The church will be making available their church for sleeping and showering. You must bring your own bed (cot, air mattress), towels and personal items. For more information, contact Rick Stone, Master’s Men response coordinator 859-351-2982. (more…)
As most are aware, eastern Kentucky has been hit with a series of flash floods. On Sunday night July 5, Baker Branch FWB Church was flooded with water from a small stream that became a raging amount of water in a very short time. On Monday July 13 another series of storms repeated the devastation to other local areas. Many have seen the video of the Tom’s Creek FWB Church. I have talked to the pastor and they actually sustained damage to some out buildings only. (more…)