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Church members in Northeast brace for Sandy

Hurricane Sandy sweeps by Cape Hatteras, N.C., on its way to the Northeast. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Christians in the New York City area report “calm before the storm” as Hurricane Sandy heads their way.
The Category 1 hurricane is expected to combine with a cold front, spawning a “superstorm” that will bring wind, flooding, power outages and widespread damage across the Eastern seaboard, CNN reports.
“Sandy has a tremendous amount of energy,” U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steven Ratti told CNN. “It could be bad, or it could be devastation.”
Light rain is falling in New York and New Jersey, where members of congregations including the Manhattan Church of Christ report that they’re bracing for what’s to come.
“We’re still in the calm before the storm,” said Larry Mudd, an associate minister for the Manhattan church, on his Facebook page. “Thanks to everyone for your texts, notes and calls of concern.”
Church members out of the storm’s path are praying for loved ones in the Northeast. Others are expecting delays as they attempt to travel to mission fields through Chicago and other international airports in the region.
Church-supported disaster assistance ministries, including Tennessee-based Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, are gearing up to help those affected by the storm.
According to the ministry’s website:

We have truckloads of supplies ready to be loaded and on their way. We are tracking the updates, and once the storm gets through an area, and we can determine where we’re needed the most.
We will be looking for local congregations ready to get to work, that have a dry place to store supplies until they can be distributed to the victims.

Contact the ministry at (888) 541-2848.
Are you in the storm’s path? What are you doing to prepare? How has the storm impacted your travel plans? For what are you praying? Please keep us posted. We will provide updates as we get them.

  • Feedback
    The Churches Of Christ Disaster Response Team is in contact with several areas in Sandy’s path. We have coordinators and volunteer teams on standby ready to head to areas affected.
    Tool and equipment trailers as well as supply trailers are loaded and ready.
    If you are in need of assistance or know anyone who is please call or text Mark Cremeans 937-308-0035 or email [email protected].
    Laura Cremeans
    October, 29 2012

    We live in a small Pennsylvania town called Chadds Ford. When the storm makes landfall about 10pm tonight it will hit us. We have a generator (which God willing) we won’t have to use. We have plenty of food. Our basement is dry as of now. We are in great shape and family all over the country are praying for us.
    God bless the Christian Chronicle.
    October, 29 2012

    The Disaster Assistance Mission a Mission of the Church of Christ has their Mobile Headquarters waiting in South Carolina until conditions are so we can move in. We can serve 2000 + meals per day. If your church is in a area that needs helping feeding people please give me a call 281-881-1876 or email at [email protected] You can also sign up to volunteer online at www.disasterassistancecoc.com.
    Mike Baumgartner
    October, 29 2012

    Friends in Christ, we are praying for you here in Australia. Please prepare for what is to come after the storm. Make your hearts ready before the Lord and put your trust in Him who is able to save your souls. Ready yourselves for the coming of the Lord. Read Matthew Chapters 24 and 25. I pray that your lamps are ready and filled with oil (the Holy Spirit) and that you truly know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. He hears the cries of His people. Remember Psalm 91. God keep you safe as you find shelter beneath His wings.
    Sharyn Thomas
    October, 29 2012

    Heard many compliments from the preacher in Fort Collins who was assisted with the congregation during the Colorado fires. Praise God and all glory to Him for the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort
    People were helped. People came to worship and learn of Jesus. People are being reached according to Marty Truillo. Thanks to God.
    Larry Wishard
    October, 29 2012

    The Disaster Assistance Mission will have a police escort tomorrow into Hoboken, NJ. We will be setup in the parking lot in front of City Hall. You can volunteer or donate online at www.disasterassistancecoc.com Hoboken still has 20,000 people stranded in their houses. National Guard is taking them out in large trucks.
    Mike Baumgartner
    October, 31 2012

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