Hurricane Florence flooded the Baptist Children's Home, also known as the Kennedy Home, on September 14th. On November 10th, a group from First Baptist Four Oaks traveled to Kinston to help clean out the Children's Home. This is the second time the Baptist Children's Home of Kinston has been flooded in the last three years. The Kennedy Center sustained $1.5 million in damages from Hurricane Michael. They evacuated four campuses due to Florence flooding. The Baptist Children's Home of Thomasville and other locations continue to house those displaced by the flooding, which included children and teens. Over 300 volunteers from NC churches helped with clean up and repair on Saturday. There will be another 'Friends of Children' Saturday project for clean-up and repair in Kinston on December 8th.
First Baptist Church Four Oaks began in 1891 with 8 members. One hundred and twenty-seven years later, this is home to so many. Reverend David Little gave the message on his last Sunday with us as youth minister. The youth, the children, and the congregation gave him gifts and blessings. Thank you to all who made the day special.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35
The church hosted Trunk or Treat in the parking lot on Halloween night. The discipleship training team served free hot dogs to all comers. Thanks to all who cooked, served, decorated their cars, passed out candy, and joined us for the fun!
All classes spent Wednesday night packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child, a mission of Samaritans Purse, collects shoe boxes full of gifts for children around the world, ages 2 through 14. Collection week for shoe boxes is November 12-19. We currently have 132 boxes.There's still time to pack your box! Get details here.
On October 21, the Baptist Men of First Baptist Four Oaks dedicated the Shirley H. Banks Missions Trailer. Shirley Banks was a member of First Baptist for fifty years, a deacon, a Sunday School teacher, and Women's Missionary Union Director for over twelve years. She believed strongly in local missions. She and her family made it possible for the Baptist Men to purchase and outfit a trailer to aid in disaster relief, handicap accessibility, and building projects for people in need. Such was her love and her faith, that it continues to heal the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’--Matthew 25:31-46