The work we did in Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy continues to have lasting effects. See below this letter shared recently by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church:
“Dear colleague in ministry,
We received a check today for Hurricane Irma relief in Florida, and a personal note was included with the check. I wanted to share that note with you:
My neighborhood in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, was severely damaged in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy. Rev. Brian Steadman worked with volunteers to help my neighborhood recover; the words “Resurrection Brooklyn” were on the side of their van.
I met many of your volunteers as they were living in a rental house on my block. They worked very hard and in my opinion were more effective in helping and comforting people than the Red Cross and other agencies that were caught up in bureaucracy. The city (New York’s Build It Back Program) is still slowly fixing and razing houses.
When Harvey hit, I immediately made a donation to the Red Cross. When Irma hit Florida, I decided to make a donation to you, as I have more faith in you than the Red Cross.
Thank you for all you do to help people in need during a crisis.
I can’t tell you how much that letter blessed me today! Hurricane Sandy hit five years ago, and the impact of your gifts to our emergency relief fund back in 2012 are still being felt.
As you may have seen in today’s news, Tropical Storm Nate has formed off Central America and is forecast to hit the Gulf Coast near New Orleans this weekend. We don’t know if another hurricane relief fund will be needed, but we are monitoring the situation.
Please let your congregations know how to donate to EPC hurricane relief (every dollar is sent to EPC churches in the affected areas). Click here to donate online (Choose “Emergency Relief” from the first pulldown menu and any of the hurricane relief funds from the second pulldown menu,) or make a check payable to Evangelical Presbyterian Church and put the appropriate hurricane fund in the memo line and send to::
Thank you, and remember, He is risen!