Everybody deserves a good night’s sleep. Sleep is essential to physical, mental, and psychological health. The Bible is clear that Sabbath rest is essential to spiritual health as well. We read in Mark 4 that in the midst of a storm, the disciples found Jesus in the stern of the boat asleep on a cushion. Even in the midst of the storms in life, in Jesus we can find peace and rest. Rest in the Lord is a ministry designed to give the gift of a good night’s sleep to those who need it most by providing a “cushion.”
In 2016, many were ravaged by a literal storm in their life, not far from our church. Hurricane Matthew pushed many out of their homes – especially in Tarboro, Princeville, and Edgecombe County. The return from this exile was a slow and tedious process for many. Upon reentering their home, many found all of their possessions ruined and covered in mold. Rest in the Lord is a ministry of Dortches Baptist Church that was started to come alongside those affected by the storm by providing mattresses, pillows, blankets, and sheets.
In 2018, North Carolina was once again impacted by a vicious storm. Hurricane Florence unleashed its forces upon our coast, leaving many with nothing but shattered fragments of their former homes and possessions. Once again, Rest in the Lord heard the call. We are currently accepting donations and organizing shipments of mattresses to those areas affected.
Supporting Local Business
One of the key components enabling us to create this ministry is the support of Southern Mattress Company (southernmattressnc.com). The mattresses that we are able to provide are plush long-lasting quality mattresses that are hand made in our own area. Southern Mattress Company is offering us the best possible price by cutting out distribution costs, enabling us to maximize our ministry dollars and increase our reach. Also, by procuring mattresses locally, Rest in the Lord is contributing to the local economy as an added benefit.
Seeds of Ministry
Often times in ministry, God may open your eyes to a mission opportunity. The challenge then becomes creatively finding a way to fund this idea. Rest in the Lord happened the other way around. First, Wakeminster Baptist Church (Raleigh, NC) sent our church funds to impact flood relief victims. Then, the Sedley Baptist Church Ladies Bible Class & the James Fox Class (Sedley, VA) also joined the effort to fund this unfolding work. It was only after we began building relationships with flood relief victims by addressing small needs that we discovered our greater calling to start the Rest in the Lord project. Already, with the initial funds we received, we are projected to distribute at least 20 mattresses to needy households. If you would like to contribute further to keep the momentum of this life-touching ministry, contact Pastor Phil for giving opportunities.
If you know a flood victim in need of a mattress, please email contact information to email@example.com or call us at 252-443-3936.
A FEMA case number is required for eligibility.
The smell of plastic drop cloths and latex paint waif in the air, as I stand in the doorway, already fixing the screen door to stay open. “Hi, I’m Pastor Phil. I’m here with Rest in the Lord to deliver your mattress.” Inside, my eyes meet clean walls freshly painted in Navajo white. The brand new laminate floors are protected with brown paper strips that give the illusion that a red carpet has been rolled out in anticipation of our arrival. Our paper escort points to the bedroom where the new mattress and box springs...read more
Rest in the Lord has now hit 25 Mattresses Delivered! Rest in the Lord has now delivered 25 brand new mattresses to the homes of families affected by Hurricane Matthew. Our efforts have been concentrated in the Princeville/Tarboro area. Princeville suffered the greatest damage in our area. Many residents are still waiting to move back into their homes. In addition to mattresses, we were able to distribute new and used sheets and pillows as well. Our children provided pillowcases and raised funds during Vacation Bible School this past June. We...read more
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by. Robert Frost describes in poetry the simple decisions we must make each day, with very little certainty as to where each pathway leads. Science leads us to view our world in terms of causality, and the physics of quantum mechanics demonstrates a contentedness in the universe yet fully understood. The TV series Touch pushes this concept further in the name of science fiction; yet the point is made quite apparent by this show’s plot-line. Whether we go left or right can...read more
Flood Relief Ministry Update: A Good Night’s Sleep. The Community Builders Sunday School Class has been on a journey of discovery ever since God prompted two churches to send funds to our church for the purpose of offering assistance to those displaced by hurricane Matthew. Our previous article Breakfast at the Relief Shelter explains our first encounter with those in need. Since this time, most of our ministry efforts have centered on building contacts and praying for the effort. FEMA and the Red Cross has been meeting most of the...read more
On October 26, 2016 the Community Builders Sunday School class joined efforts with partnering churches to secure funding to feed the residents at the Edgecombe Red Cross relief shelter in Tarboro, NC. While Pastor Phil was visiting with the shelter, he overheard concerns from the residents that most of the breakfast food items were high in sugar (donuts, pastries, fruit juices, etc.). In an attempt to secure a more substantial breakfast that would provide protein, calcium, and other vitamins and nutrients, the Community Builders Sunday School...read more