Life Interrupted Finale

There are occasions when life as we know it is interrupted. It is unexpected and often very challenging. But it is always an opportunity to grow our faith. My life was interrupted in 2012 because I chose to serve those who’s life had been interrupted by a devastating storm. Below is the last entry regarding my initial deployment with Christ in Action. The experience forever a memorial in my heart and a reminder not to take life for granted!

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Life Interrupted Part 4

Three weeks into my initial deployment with Christ in Action during Hurricane Sandy.

A Day of Rest

Sunday 12/2/12  Cedar Run AG

Thankfully, we are ‘off work’ today to rest, observing the Sabbath. Our director and crew leader are preaching at neighboring churches. I attend a comforting service with  friends in a beautiful little church called Cedar Run Assembly of God (CRAG). Stained glass windows flank the sides and the thickness of the outer walls give evidence to it’s long history.  Originally constructed in the mid 1800’s, the newer brick facade provides a  modern garment but it’s obvious the old girl has weathered storms besides Sandy. Yet she stands, a beacon of hope and a sanctuary of peace, an outpost on a highway leading to a summertime haven often forgotten or overlooked. Now, she is shining again,  reppin Jesus as her pastor and congregation respond to the need in their community.

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Life Interrupted Part 3

In 2012 my life was interrupted for 3 weeks when I deployed with Christ in Action in response to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.  Below are some of my reflections about the experience.
Doing It Together
11-26-12 Monday
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Denny at chapel and crew assignments

      A smaller crew today as many of the volunteers returned to home. Each morning breakfast is at 7:30 followed by chapel at 8:00, then the crews gather their tools and hit the road. We have 3 crews going out (about 10-12 people total) and they’ll cover at least 10 homes today, plus any other calls that may come in at the base camp. On today’s agenda for the work crews: home gutting, tree cutting and mold treatment. 

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Life Interrupted Part 2

A continuation of my deployment experience responding to Superstorm Sandy in 2012 with Christ in Action (get to know them here).

Count Your Blessings

11/21/12, Tuesday 7:15pm  

I am 3 sheets to the wind exhausted & so ready to call it a night! A wonderful chapel service this morning filled with the presence of God gave me grace & strength for the day.

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 What has impressed me today is the gratitude of the people I speak with on the phone. Part of my job here is to follow up on the requests for help  and almost everyone I call says thank-you over and over even if we haven’t specifically helped them!  It makes such a difference in the morale of people  just hearing someone cares enough to help.

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Life Interrupted Part 1

 I was first introduced to Camp Hope in 2008 through  Dr. Denny and Sandy Nissley. The Nissleys founded a disaster relief ministry aptly named Christ in Action (check them out here:  Christ in Action ) who responded to Hurricane Ike on the Texas Gulf Coast.  Twelve hours spent in an SUV with Denny and Sandy changed me forever!  It is to honor them I include Camp Hope postings on any deployments or other events connecting us with the Nissley’s and Christ in Action.  BTW, when you check out their site, be sure to leave a donation here if you can.  Camp Hope is all about spreading the love of Christ by serving others.
Many of you will probably remember Hurricane Sandy, a monstrous storm which devastated the northeast in 2012; I joined CIA for 3 weeks in November/December , below is the 1st of a 5 part series on my  experience. Originally published in 2012, it illustrates the concept of Camp Hope.nj map

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