Several Grace Brethren organizations have responded to needs on the east coast, a region that is still suffering devastating effects from the recent superstorm. Several efforts are included below. We’ll add more as we receive information.
This call went out recently from Go2 Church Planting Ministries, which is located in Telford, Pa., where the storm caused damage:
GO2 Ministries Partners with New Horizon Church of New York City to Serve Hurricane Victims in Harlem and the Rockaways GO2 Cares, the disaster relief arm of GO2 Ministries, is partnering with Michel Faulkner, pastor of New Horizon Church of New York City and director of the GO2 Ministries City Training Center in New York City, to provide immediate food and shelter assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The most immediate need is for financial donations to provide food and shelter to the displaced families. The next phase will be the formation of work teams to help with repair and recovery. “The need is great in these areas, especially the Rockaways,” said Faulkner. “Many of these families were poor to begin with and this storm has taken everything.”
Everyone can help right now by making a donation at www.go2ministries.com/donations. Choose the “GO2 Cares” option.
To learn more about joining or forming a relief team, contact GO2 Ministries.
Updates will be issued as more details become available.
CPR-3 and it’s director, Dan O’Deens, is also reaching out to help areas in need. This is from their blog:
Dan O’Deens spoke with Jason Rising: “Hurricane Sandy is over and now the clean up has begun. As many of you know, the coast was slammed and the pictures do not show the needs that are there. I responded to the need for help yesterday (Tuesday October 30th ) with 3 generators and 3 water pumps. We went out to help one of the FFEA network churches Oasis Christian Center as they begin the long process of restoration. I had no idea what to expect and I was overwhelmed with the need. We emptied out the church basement that was filled with at least 7 feet of water. We emptied the church parsonage basement and looking over the destruction of tables, chairs, supplies and so on was crazy. The church basement is not a storage area but is where they have their kids ministries, church cafe, the youth pastors office and restrooms for the building. This is an important area to the life of the church.
The church is in a tight knit community and they were hit hard. There is debris everywhere and the water still has not receded in certain parts. There were church people still trapped in their homes and the Coast Guard was on the scene with boats pulling out cars and going door to door. The Media coverage does not show all of whats going on. Most coverage and relief is going to other areas such as Queens and Manhattan. Staten Island needs immediate assistance and as the waters are receding we are gathering supplies now to go back tomorrow.
For suggestions how to help, including making a financial donation, see the CPR-3 blog.