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"You serve the Lord and love
His people. Thats what being
a minister is all about. It was
The youth said they saw
Jesus in each other as they
worked together building
a wheelchair ramp.
"I believed then, and still
believe today, that I was
the best person to care for her (Anne)."
"Jesus is always with me. I wouldn't have made it through all this without him, . . ."
"I see Red Bags as a way to honor Polly . . . If she were living, she would be right here with me . . ."
PLAN OF SALVATION
A priority of our ministry focuses on pointing others to Christ. Aging adults need to have a saving knowledge and personal relationship with Jesus. NCBAM provides the plan of salvation available as a personal download to help.
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Meet the people whose lives are touched by North Carolina Baptists. These tales are inspiring and informative. They feature caregivers, volunteers, ministers, and mission groups who became involved. These stories propel us all to assess our strengths and talents and challenge readers to become part of the success of NCBAM’s ministry.
For more than 65 years, 85-year-old Tollie Cunningham preached as much as three times a week as pastor of a number of churches in a handful of states. He served faithfully until, as he says, “I couldn’t get physically in the pulpit anymore.”
Cunningham and his wife Delores have several health issues, some seriously affecting their mobility. A year ago, when Cunningham was still pastoring he insisted on making hospital visits and visiting the frail aging in nursing homes despite navigating long hallways. He was faithful, attending every illness and every surgery – not only for church members, but their family members, too.
His daughter Debbie Shehan says, “I believe my father exemplifies the kind of servant’s heart found . . . (read more)
Nestled in the mountains near Boone lives a woman named Anita Hicks – or as her family and friends call her – Miss Annie. After surgery for a brain aneurysm, health complications from the surgery, multiple falls, and the shocking discovery of a stomach aneurysm, Miss Annie was fragile.
“At first, I couldn’t even walk.” remembered Miss Annie, age 65. “I had to learn to walk again. It’s a miracle.”
Despite walking once more, Miss Annie still struggled with leg movement and had fallen multiple times. After her last fall, she was encouraged to have a wheelchair ramp built and began to reach . . . (read more)
“I lived bad for along time.”
Sonny Westmoreland’s direct gaze, glistening eye, and the raw way he adds, “I put my wife through some hard times,” bespeak a man whose deliverance is not taken for granted. Like his testimony, Westmoreland’s life demonstrates a grateful man who seeks to
do good wherever he can – not for atonement but in thankfulness for it – and in hope of sparing others.
Retired for 18 years and widowed for five, 80-year-old Westmoreland does not let grass grow under his feet. Or his neighbor’s for that matter. He stays active helping others –
like the frail neighbor whose yard he mows, or the many
walk-a-thons . . . (read more)
Ann Graham, like many ministers’ wives, worked in tandem with her husband. The couple met in 1952 at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. J. Billy Graham was a history major and Ann was studying to be a home economics teacher. They married while students.
J. Billy was in the Army before attending college. He served during the Allied occupation of Japan from 1948-1952. He became familiar with the culture and began to learn the language. It surprised him how easy that was for a boy from the small town of Jasper, TN.
After Carson-Newman and a pastoral degree with an emphasis in languages from . . . (read more)
“If you had been driving through Brevard on Wednesday evening July 15 and passed a certain hotel, you might have seen 43 tired and dirty youth and their adult leaders. It had been a scorcher day and even being in the mountains couldn’t help. However, all were joyful, focused and content. They had traveled from Winston-Salem’s Ardmore Baptist Church the Sunday before and had been meeting the needs of aging adults in a multitude of ways from ramp building to yard work to nursing home ministry. For some in the group, this week-long mission trip to meet the needs of those 65+ was the third year in a row partnering with North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM).
Following dinner that night, . . . (read more)
Aging minister blessed through Servant Care
~ By Anita Davie ~
Group blessed by
~ By Megan Dellinger ~
Red Bags are gifts
from the heart
~ By Carol Layton ~
Retired minister devoted
self as caregiver
~ By Jim Edminson ~
to see Jesus
~ By Martha McDowell ~
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A ministry of Baptist Children's Homes of NC - Michael C. Blackwell, President/CEO and NCBAM Founder
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