Saturday, December 8, 2012

"Sandy" Relief Post 18

"Sandy" Relief

December 8, 2012

Dear Friends,

Great blessings!  Pastor Kent Sager called last week and told us that as a result of all the work that 4 people came to Christ.  This is marvelous and wonderful to our ears.

Pastor Matt Recker received help and support from Auto Racing Outreach.  ARO is a ministry to the car racing sports industry in the Hickory NC area.  I encourage you to go to their web site and learn more about the work.

Greg Berkey, founder and director  of ARO wrote this report.

"Dear Jan:
We appreciate your recent help with our trip to NYC for Hurricane Sandy Relief and Ministry. We were overwhelmed by the generous gifts that came in by those that were burdened to help those suffering in the NYC area because of the Super Storm that hit it. We were able to load up our 28 foot trailer with $ 4,000 of cleaning supplies, food, water, blankets, and clothing to distribute to those in some of the hardest hit areas of the storm. It was great to work with Pastor Matt Recker and his folks from Heritage Baptist Church. Brother Matt prayed with those that came by for assistance, and gospel tracts were lovingly handed out to everyone. Within two hours that trailer was empty except for a few clothing items. Thanks again for your help.  Greg Berkey  Auto Racing Outreach"

ORH offered $700.00 in fuel money for this outreach, but Greg informed us that we could use the money elsewhere because his expenses had been met.  (Praise God)  We sent that $700.00 to Pastor Baker in Victory Baptist Church, the Bronx.  He needed the money to meet fire code in his new facilities which replaced the completely unusable facilities which were flooded.  Pastor Baker wrote the following.

Here is the quote for the exit signs with installation. I think this is a good price. He actually knocked off $200.00 in labor. The total cost of this project is $1143.18.  This is a very reputable company and I did see their credentials and they are licensed in NYC and are approved by FDNY. Thanks so much for your help.
Pastor Ken Baker"

Fairbanks Missionary Baptist Church
Fairbanks, IN
Pastor Larry Gilaspy

Fairbanks Missionary Baptist Church sent hand-made quilts to Greg Berkey of ARO to distribute with Pastor Recker..  Pastor Larry Gilaspy, his wife, Cathie, and the ladies did a great job to provide a wok of love by their hands. The church also made a substantial financial contribution to the work in NY.  God bless our wonderful pastors and churches.

ORH was also able to send to Pastor Jim Bickel of Bethel Baptist Fellowship in Brooklyn $2000.00 for people in need in his church body.  We are hoping at the first of the year to send more for these families that lost all..

ORH was able to send to Pastor Phil Rizzo of City Baptist Church in Hoboken, $2000.00 for work with families in Far Rockaway, NY.  Pastor Recker and Pastor Rizzo are going into the communities and helping the people who are hurting.  Pray for their work.  This is Christ before people who are suffering.  Pastor Rizzo wrote this report.

"Bro Milton,
There are some community needs that would open additional doors of ministry for our church. Some ideas that we have are for blankets, coats & cleaning supplies. Any funds that would be available for these needs would certainly be spent wisely. Thank you again for all you encouragement & support.   Philip Rizzo, Pastor"

Pray we will be able to meet all the needs.  We must not forget to pray for these people because the work has just begun.  I want to thank all the churches for their donations of money, people, and time.

If you would like to donate by credit or debit card, go to and choose Network for Good.

If you would like to send a check, send it to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309.  Please mark the check "Sandy" Relief.

For the latest information go to

God bless,
Jan Milton
Operation Renewed Hope
4928 Necessary Court
Blue Springs, MO 64015

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