Christians are making a difference all across the country, and I thought you’d like to know about it.
A group of evangelical churches in New York's Staten Island has formed a storm relief network that is working in conjunction with Christian relief groups and government agencies.
Church of the Gateway Pastor Tim Mercaldo says his church itself had little damage and amazingly has never lost power. That's allowed it and three other evangelical ministries to serve as distribution hubs for relief supplies.
Mercaldo says the four churches don't agree on everything but have set aside all differences to create a unified response team that is working with the Red Cross and with local and federal agencies including FEMA.
Mercaldo envisions a lasting partnership to address long-term needs of those affected by the storm.
Closer to home, last week, Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin, Indiana distributed 42,000 pounds of potatoes at its first-ever Potato Drop.
The men's ministry at the church brought in a semitrailer and handed out the bags of potatoes to needy people in the community.
Church leaders say wanted to do something different to help families in their area and to help ease hunger.
And a youth group from a church in Howell, Michigan, plans to collect Bibles to send to missionaries in India and Africa.
The project was the idea of 14-year old Jordan Belanger.
The youth group at SonRise Church hopes to collect 20,000 Bibles by December 20th. The Bibles will be distributed by Christian Resources International.
Way to go, Jordan!
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.