Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Continuing to serve in the midst of despair...

As one of CSM NYC's regular ministry partners, Bethel Gospel Assembly, mourns the loss of two of its church members who were killed in a building explosion on March 12. 

A gas leak caused the building, located at 116th St. and Park Ave in Harlem, to explode. This week, our CSM group was able to prepare lunch in their soup kitchen for hundreds who would be coming from the neighborhood and sort and help pick out clothing for their guests. We also worked in their food pantry, handing out bags of groceries to those in need. Since the explosion last week, their number of participants needing services more than doubled! 

It was such a blessing for us to be able to provide help for them in a very tangible way. With the increase in need, came a desperation for volunteers and the Lord placed us right in their path. 

When speaking with Julie Girard, the Program Coordinator, she expressed how much their church is grieving, but also how much God has begun to provide them with His healing and restoration. 

Please, please, please continue to pray for them as they tirelessly work to meet the needs of their community. You can read more about the story here.

- Marquita Farmer, CSM New York City Director

To further assist this crucial ministry, please considering sending a donation to:
The East Harlem Disaster Relief Fund
c/o Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc.
New York, N.Y. 10035
Attn:  Rev. Joan M. Williams- Jarrell

Please note: The East Harlem Disaster Relief Fund must be noted in the memo section of your check.

In addition to financial donation, they are asking for donations of the following non-perishable items:
  • Toothbrushes
  • Combs
  • Hairbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Bath Soap
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
The above referenced items can be mailed to the same address above or dropped off at Beth-Hark Christian Counseling Center during the following hours:

Tuesdays 10 a.m.- 12 noon
Thursday  3;00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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