We have all seen the news about Hurricane Sandy and the devastation this storm had on the east coast. Our mission at Fellowship Missions has always been to reach out to the hurt and broken for Christ.
We have been called to go and serve alongside our hurting brothers and sisters on the east coast. A close friend of mine has an organization called CPR-3 which is already on-site in Staten Island and he has asked us to partner with him in efforts to serve those in need in the Bayonne, New Jersey, (Lakewood Township) area and on Staten Island. We are going to work locally with several churches including Oasis Christian Center (Pastor Tim McIntyre), Calvary Lighthouse (Pastor Wes Linquist) and a growing network of other Churches.
Through our partnership with the Midwest Food Bank and their director John Whitaker from Indianapolis, Ind., we have secured at least two semi-tractor trailers full of food and cleaning supplies and will arrive in Bayonne, N.J., on Thursday, Nov. 8.
My wife and I have always believed that part of the teaching in Fellowship Missions homeless shelters would be “serve others first” and that included how our residents could do just that. We have an opportunity to do that once again. In the past, we have taken some of our shelter residents on missions trips to live out serving others. In the summer of 2010 we had groups in Mississippi for Katrina rebuild efforts and this past spring we were in Salyersville, Ky., after the tornado outbreak.
We are putting together teams that will leave from Warsaw, Ind., on Thursday, Nov. 8, and return late on Monday, Nov. 12. If you are interested in going, you should bring warm clothes, sleeping bags and hygiene products. Also, bring enough food to take care of yourselves in case the food rations are short.
We will be lodging at one of the local church partners. This disaster in many ways is more devastating than even Katrina. Adding to that now is the unseasonably cold weather they are now experiencing.
I know there is such a BIG ‘ask’ for money and supplies from many organizations right now, but Fellowship Missions really can use your help as we seek to continue helping these needy families.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Financial Donations www.fellowshipmissions.net or P.O. Box 382, Winona Lake, IN 46590
- Donate work gloves, work boots for our residents who are going out to serve [email protected]
- Donate winter clothing including foot and hand warmers. Contact [email protected]
- Sign up to go out with us on Nov. 8. Please contact Eric at [email protected]
Again, I want to thank Dan O’Deens and CPR-3 for their leadership and asking us to partner with them and also to our friends at Midwest Food Bank for their donation and support. Please pray for everyone along the east coast that have been effected by this devastating storm and prayerfully consider how you can join in the efforts to help.