Responding to Sandy: Quotes from across the Connection

11/1/2012

Hear from United Methodists across the connection in their own words:

"Damage assessments are ongoing and I don’t think the full extent will be known for several days.  It is massive though.  We were able to get some buckets into West Virginia before the snow closed roads and have already sent some into the Norfolk, Va. area. ...

Mission Central, Eastbrook Mission Barn and Mission Response Center will be our primary staging areas.  There are already close to 9,000 buckets between them.  ...

If donors desire to give materially, we are stressing the cleaning buckets and school kits."

Kathy Kraiza
Executive Director UMCOR Relief Supplies

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"Thank you everyone for all of your prayers and offers of support. It means a great deal to the United Methodists and people of Greater New Jersey. There are challenges ahead for many people. 2.4 million New Jerseyans are without power. The conference center is without power and our servers are down which makes communication difficult. We could be down for a week or more. ...

Our district superintendents and disaster response coordinators are assessing community and church damage. Already reports of churches and parsonages damaged. Several churches have opened to provide shelter and food. ...

This is an opportunity to share the love of Christ."

Bishop John Schol
New Jersey Area of The United Methodist Church

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"All of it fits together into this great, powerful ministry that is disaster response. It begins now and it will continue for years – until the last person is home."

Tom Hazelwood
UMCOR's Tom Hazelwood on the church's response to Sandy

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“We’ll be there for the next 10 years or whatever it takes."

Mike Selleck
North Georgia Director of Connectional Ministries on the United Methodist Church's response to Sandy

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“People are coming in to do work, use the wireless internet, get coffee and let their kids play,”

Chris Heckert
Pastor at Morrow Memorial UMC in Maplewood, New Jersey, who opened the church to the surrounding communities

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"UMCOR will be there for the long haul. Please help. Donate to UMCOR US Disaster Response, Hurricanes 2012, Advance #3021787. You can also text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation."

Susan Kim 
Journalist and regular contributor to www.umcor.org

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“In moments like this and as we continue to raise all kinds of existential questions about why and how, may we offer our prayers to our Creator God, using the words of the Psalmist, who said, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” (Psalm 46:1-3).

Bishop Suda Devadhar
New England Annual Conference (Boston area) in a letter to his conference


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