The "nor'easter" storm that blew through the Northeast on Wednesday with high winds, rain and up to a foot of snow in some areas, hindered relief efforts, increased the number of customers without power - estimated at more than 600,000 customers - and saw gas rationing expand. However, districts, local churches and the Assemblies of God compassion partner, Convoy of Hope, are continuing their strong response to ease the suffering in hard hit areas of New York and New Jersey.
Convoy of Hope has already dispatched 40 tractor-trailer loads carrying more
than 1.5 million lbs. of emergency supplies to storm survivors in New York and
New Jersey, partnering with districts and local churches to distribute relief
supplies as they arrive.
"The shortages and needs of people in the hard hit areas of the Northeast have been compounded by this latest storm," says Hal Donaldson, president and founder of Convoy of Hope. "We will keep our trucks rolling to the East Coast for as long as this desperate need continues. By next week, we expect to have delivered and distributed more than two million pounds of relief supplies to several different staging sites in both states."
According to the New Jersey District office, local AG churches have been tireless in their efforts to help - housing people; providing food, water, clothing and supplies; and serving as places for people to donate items for those who lost their homes. In addition, the churches have been teaming with multiple compassion organizations to more effectively meet the needs of people.
However, the list of AG churches and properties damaged by Superstorm Sandy has continued to grow. In addition to many members losing homes, the following New Jersey churches have also experienced significant damages (new additions asterisked):
Riverside Assembly of God in Jersey City
God is Love Ministries (AG) in Jersey City
New Jerusalem Assembly of God in Jersey City
First Assembly of God in Bayonne
Mount Zion Assembly of God in Asbury Park
Crossroad Assembly of God in Englishtown
*Grace Assembly of God in Atlantic City
*Searchlight Church in Long Branch
*Evangel Christian Church in Little Ferry
*Lifetree Community Church in Robbinsville
*Bethel Christian AG in Galloway
*Emmanuel Christian Fellowship in Hackensack
In the Spanish Eastern District, the following church properties have experienced damages:
Iglesia Pentecostal Antioquia in Hoboken, New Jersey
Spanish Coney Island Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York
Iglesia Arca de Salvacion in Oceanside, New York
Iglesia Rey de Reyes in Brooklyn, New York
The New York District reports that the following churches have damages:
Neighborhood AG in Bellmore
Full Gospel Assembly of God in Island Park
Howard Beach Assembly of God in Queens
Calvary Assembly of God in Staten Island
The Point Church (AG) in Hicksville
*new additions to listings
Convoy of Hope also reported that another relief team headed for New Jersey on Thursday and will join the team already in place to assist with the response, with five truckloads of relief supplies also slated to arrive in the Northeast today.
For more information and the latest updates about Convoy of Hope, see its website. To give online to Sandy Disaster Relief, which will be utilized by both Convoy of Hope and AG Disaster Relief, click here. Checks may also be sent to the General Council of the Assemblies of God, 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802 and write "Sandy Disaster Relief" in the memo line.