Camp Sonlight is in desperate need for Volunteers. Hurricane Irma has left the 20 acre grounds in an overwhelming mess and we are in need of your help.
We have power to the staff house, social hall, and dinning hall. Volunteers are welcome to stay if they choose to work a few days. You will need to supply your own food but are welcome to use the kitchen to store and cook your food.
Some Volunteer Jobs:
Pulling Tree Branches
Picking Up Limbs
Chain sawing fallen trees
Moving Cut Logs
Loading Trailers with Limbs
Supplies you can bring:
Truck and trailer to haul limbs
We are happy to sign volunteer hour forms for Teens needing volunteer hours. We do ask that Teens who come to work do have an adult at the facility that is responsible for them while on site.
To volunteer, please get in touch with our Caretaker, Nancy Stevens:
If you would like to make a donation to the camp, please send checks to the following address:
David Ash, (Camp Sonlight Treasurer)
1575 Siesta Del Rio Drive,
E. Jacksonville, FL 32258.
Pastor Pat McCoy
Atlanta Primitive Baptist Church
Discipling Ministries International, Inc.
For everyone who has access to a smart phone or tablet, there is a new Progressive Primitive Baptist App that is now available for download in both the
App store and the Google Play store.
This new app puts all of the information from the website into a convenient place, where you can keep up to date with the many events, announcements, and gatherings of
Progressive Primitive Baptists.
Simply go to the App store of Google Play store on your smart phone or tablet
and download the app for free.
The following videos were both taken following the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. These videos were taken by a drone while flying over the the work that has been accomplished through the Good Samaritan Project. To find out more about the ministry in Haiti and what is currently needed, click the link below.
Update On Haiti
The Primitive Baptist Foundation and the Primitive Baptist Scholarship Foundation are now beneficiaries of the AmazonSmile Foundation. Never heard of AmazonSmile? Amazon, the online shopping giant, established this charitable foundation and donates a portion of its proceeds to the foundation for distribution to eligible charitable organizations. Both of our Foundations are now approved to receive funds from AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile will send 0.5% of the money they receive from our purchases to the charity we designate.
Simply put, these are unrestricted ‘donations’ from the AmazonSmile Foundation to our Foundations. This is an excellent and easy way for those of us who order products from Amazon to help support our own programs and activities.
AmazonSmile offers customers the same selection of products, prices, and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. The shopping experience is identical and there is no extra cost to the consumer.
The true beneficiaries, of course, will be those involved in our programs for Widows of Ministers, Church Loans, The Library and Archives, Church Growth and Communication activities, the Ministers Retirement Plan, the Scholarship Fund and others.
To take advantage of this opportunity, here’s how to sign up:
> In your web browser, do a search for or go to smile.amazon.com.
> If you are already an Amazon customer, simply sign in as you usually do with your Amazon.com account (same email address and password).
> You can then click on ‘Select a charity’. The website lists five of AmazonSmile’s ‘spotlight charities’. Drop down below that to the block that says ‘Or pick your own charitable organization’, type in ‘Primitive Baptist’ and click ‘Search’. The list that appears will contain numerous Primitive Baptist organizations. Look for ‘Primitive Baptist Foundation Inc. (Roswell, GA)’ and ‘Primitive Baptist Scholarship Foundation Inc. (Statesboro, GA)’. Select one, then follow instructions to complete the signup.
> When you finish these steps, your name and the organization that you selected will appear at the top of the webpage. You’re ready to shop! Bookmark it for quick and easy access in the future.
If you do not have an Amazon account, you can create one from this opening page and follow the instructions to do the same as above.
When you return to this site in the future, your name and the charitable organization you selected will automatically appear. REMEMBER: Use smile.amazon.com rather than amazon.com!
Michelle Harris shares the following comments about her experience: I use smile.amazon.com whenever I shop Amazon, and that is often. After registering, whenever I enter the site, my name and charity are displayed at the top of the page. The shopping experience is identical to what I was doing previously with Amazon. And I especially like the option of direct shipping of gifts to family out of state!
We all have many choices for charitable organizations to support. We hope you will seriously consider designating the PB Foundation or the PB Scholarship Foundation to benefit from shopping that most of us will do anyway.
A note about the ‘amount’ our Foundations could receive. The 0.5% rate is one-half of one percent (not 5%). That translates to 50 cents for each $100 of purchases. While it is not a large percentage, it is in the range of interest that many checking and savings accounts are currently paying. Any amount will be helpful, of course. However, we should not assume this will replace any of our regular church and individual contributions to our Foundations, nor should we allow it to.
Special thanks to Darryl and Michelle Harris for sharing this important information and for making arrangements for the PB Foundation to participate.
God bless, and thanks for your consideration.
(Hannah Kessler is a member of the Lanes Primitive Baptist Church and is currently working for Next Step Ministries. She has been involved in active ministry in West Virginia. The following is a report of her work in the aftermath of the recent flooding.)
Friends and Family,
My mom asked me to send you an update on West Virginia since the flood relief has begun.
Thank you, first of all, for all of your thoughts and prayers. Mom said that it would take her hours to tell of all the people asking for updates on the situation here. Even if you did not reach out to me directly, I know that you were thinking of me and I appreciate that so much.
Let me begin by saying how encouraging it has been to be apart of this process.
The people of this great state never cease to amaze me.
Monday morning I was briefing volunteers on what this week would be like (Me, who has never done relief work before... I was giggling too)
- I said things like " These people have lost everything they owned. Some of them have lost family and friends. They will be hungry and thirsty and grumpy, and I don't blame them. We have to be gentle, and don't get offended if people take their heartache out on you personally. "
Since then I have been humbled to see the opposite take place. Both locations we have been volunteering at have been hubs for donations to be dropped off and picked up. Flood victims can drive through a parking lot, and not even leave their cars. They just say what they need, and as they make their way around a loop, volunteers assist them.
My main job has been directing traffic into the lot, and being the first face people see to get assistance. Many people start crying when I ask them what they need, and they reply: everything.
When people speak with me, they are at their worst. This is the first day they have been able to get out of their homes. Some of them are in little clothing, and what they have is caked in mud. Many have gone days without food and water when they arrive. They are on day 5/6 without medications they need.
But what I have noticed is, even their worst is thankful. It is patient. Their worst is generous to their neighbors, not taking more than they need. Their worst is loving towards a 22 year old girl trying to help them, even with little experience or knowledge. Their worst wants to know about me, and why I'm in Clendenin, West Virginia. Their worst tells me that they lost everything, but at least their dog is still alive, and for that they are thankful. Their worst says that they will make it through, because that's the West Virginia way. Their worst says "God Bless YOU. Thank YOU for what you're doing."
Their worst makes me look at myself, and wonder if I could be that brave, that loving, that generous at my worst.
No one is mean. No one is starting riots because we are taking too long. People are kind. They have blessed me more than I could ever bless them.
A lot of the day is spent in the busyness. Trying to get people what they need and keep the line moving to get more people in.
Every once and a while I will step back for a second and look around. There are news crews everywhere. People are trying to make it to our medical tent before they fall down. Sometimes an ambulance arrives to take one of them to a better equipped facility. I see a Red Cross Truck, a FEMA trailer, National guard Humvees, and helicopters overhead. Sometimes they are taking areal shots for the news. Sometimes they dip low on the river and I wonder if they're still searching for missing people.
On my walk to my car to grab some water I walk past the medical truck. It's large, similar to an 18-wheeler, but has doors on the outside that slide open to reveal lots of drawers with neatly arranged supplies. On the top right corner I see boxes and boxes, all labeled "Body Bags".
I am remembered that the National guard friends I have made did not have a pleasant weekend. We are happy to be relieving them at these care points making the work load a little lighter for them.
While continuing at the checkpoints, we are also starting the process of mucking out homes this week. This means that all of the water/mud-logged furniture has to be thrown out of the home, carpets have to be pulled up, basements have to be emptied of mud, and the water damaged walls have to be pulled out also. Looking at the destruction is overwhelming, and I've just been in one, of the 3 or 4 towns badly affected.
It's not just a few homes, or a street, it's the entire town that has to be mucked out. This process will be a long one for families here. We are just glad to be a small part of the process.
In the coming weeks hard decisions will have to be made, concerning our option to continue with the relief effort, or make our way back to commitments we have in Rosedale. Please be prayerful with me about these choices.
After seeing the destruction personally, I have a better understanding of where support could be used. If you would like to be apart of the donation process, I believe the easiest way to do that at this point would be to send monetary donations directly to myself, and I can distribute as I see the need. For instance, we began work today at a ladies home named Heather. Heather lives with her mom, who is older, and her own two children and a nephew. They had only moved into this home 4 months before the flood. They spent the night of the flood watching the water pour into their basement, then make their way up the steps to the first floor, and eventually up the second story stairs. The water stopped 4 steps before it reached their second story. Eventually they climbed out on the roof to be saved by the rescue boats, who took them to higher ground on a hill, where they spent the next 13 hours.
My heart was broken for Heather. Her husband works out of town, and hasn't even seen his home since this happened. Heather is bright, perky and energetic. When I met her yesterday she was overwhelmed that anyone would want to come and help her. We quickly became friends and exchanged phone numbers. When I text her later and said the group would arrive at her home around 8, but they may be a little later, she replied, "That's okay, I'm usually late to everything. So I wont hold it against them!"
Heather is a normal person. She's a young mom trying to hold it together for her children and her mom.
As the week goes on, and I get to talk to Heather more, I want to offer some support to her. Whether it's buying shoes for her kids that would actually fit, or a comfy pair of pants that would make life feel a little more normal.
These are the types of things that I would love to come alongside of people with. Obviously there will be larger needs, like home repairs and new cars that I won't be able to fix. But the things I can help with, something to bring comfort or a little bit of normalcy, is what I am passionate about.
If you are interested in this, or have other ideas of your own, you can reach out to me through my email, phone, or mailing address.
Phone: (912) 658-9088
PO Box 186
Rosedale, WV. 26636
Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers.
I was reminded yesterday that The Lord has placed me here for a reason. I was reading through Esther, and focusing on God's sovereignty in every part of our lives.
"And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this."
I am thankful that God placed me here.
Feel free to share this message with those who have been wondering
about me but I wasn't aware.
- Hannah -