Why would college students spend part of their winter break in Staten Island do "mud-out" and demolition work in homes flooded by Hurricane Sandy? Find out in this new video.
New York resident Josephine Prestovino tells how a collegiate Disaster Relief "mud-out" crew came into her home and cleared the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy. ³I call them my lifeline," she said. "Here they are showing me that we can make a difference Š They really made a differenceto me.²
Ray Parascando is the pastor of Crossroads Church in Staten Island. In the first Sunday after Hurricane Sandy, Ray looked across the congregation for members devastated by the storm. Now Crossroads is ministering to Staten Island as they try to find the new normal after the storm.
Lisa Valentino was desperately in need of help after Hurricane Sandy rolled through Keansburg, N.J. and trashed her apartment. Then she met a group of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers from Indiana. They cleaned up her home, but they also befriended her, prayed with her and shared with her the hope of Jesus Christ. "They're like family now," she said. "It restored my faith, you know? It restored my faith in God."
Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, shares from the devastated streets of Staten Island how Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are meeting physical and spiritual needs throughout the region. He urges prayer and financial support for a volunteer effort that will continue for months to come.
Volunteers who changed plans at a moment's notice to join the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response to Superstorm Sandy describe why they did it, and those receiving their service express thanks.
Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, urges prayer and financial support for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers who are "connecting the help with the hope" in providing meals, clearing debris and otherwise ministering to victims of Hurricane Sandy.