Operation Compassion Delivers 13th Semi Of Food To New York City

By , January 15, 2002
Operation Compassion truck blocking the street for unloading in New York City.

Operation Compassion truck blocking the street for unloading in New York City.

On December 14th, Operation Compassion delivered its thirteenth semi-truck of food and relief supplies to New York City. Since the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Operation Compassion has made supplying the relief effort a major priority. With the military supplying the relief effort at the Pentagon, Operation Compassion turned its attention the New York City.

Robert James, Roger Abernathy, Pastor Chiesa & men of 3rd Street Church of God prepare to unload truck in New York City.

Robert James, Roger Abernathy, Pastor Chiesa & men of 3rd Street Church of God prepare to unload truck in New York City.

Almost immediately, Operation Compassion began delivering much needed supplies for the rescue and recovery operation. Boots, socks, respirators, blankets, bottled water and batteries were among the first supplies delivered right to ground zero. Then, food and clothing for those who lost their jobs due to the disaster and economic downturn were needed. Shortly afterward, Christmas became a priority. Operation Compassion made Christmas possible for over ten thousand children that would have otherwise been without.

Men and women of 3rd Street Church of God unloading truck in New York City.

Men and women of 3rd Street Church of God unloading truck in New York City.

During the latest trip, two very different men received Christ as their personal savior. One man was homeless and asked if he could help unload the truck. Shortly after, Roger Abernathy, Coordinator of National Distribution Centers for Operation Compassion, began to witness to him. Suddenly, the man wanted to know this Jesus that would motivate men and women to travel so far to help. Pastor Chiesa and a few men of the 3rd Street Church of God began to pray with him and he was gloriously saved.

Partial load of food sitting on street in front of Community Center in New York City.

Partial load of food sitting on street in front of Community Center in New York City.

The second of these men was the son of a Church of God minister that had backslid. His father asked if he could help unload the truck. During the unloading, he asked if they would pray with him. God marvelously reclaimed him into His grace. For these two testimonies, Operation Compassion rejoices!

With the dawning of the New Year, Operation Compassion will continue its commitment to New York City. Throughout 2002, Operation Compassion will deliver many more semi-trucks loaded with food and supplies. By years end, approximately twenty-five semi-trucks loaded with food, blankets, water, other supplies and toys will have been delivered to those in New York City recovering from this tragic incident.

Robert James, Coordinator of Disaster Relief and Roger Abernathy, Coordinator of National Distribution for OC.

Robert James, Coordinator of Disaster Relief and Roger Abernathy, Coordinator of National Distribution for OC.

Of course, this type of relief effort does not happen by accident or alone. Operation Compassion has partnered with numerous corporations across the United States, all supplying products for the relief effort. Many New York City Churches of God have opened their doors in providing drop-off and pick-up points for those in need in their communities. New York City Police Department precincts have organized block parties for Christmas distribution of food and toys for the families in their neighborhoods. In addition, literally thousands of men and women have volunteered to attend the necessary tasks involved in such an undertaking.

Roger Abernathy, Pastor Chiesa and men of 3rd Street Church of God pray with homeless man to receive Christ in New York City.

Roger Abernathy, Pastor Chiesa and men of 3rd Street Church of God pray with homeless man to receive Christ in New York City.

When the tragedy of September 11th first occurred, the thought of the massive relief effort necessary to affect a positive outcome appeared to be insurmountable. However, within four short months, that massive relief effort has gone forward with great success. While it will take some time to conclude, Operation Compassion has committed to continue its relief effort in New York City.

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