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Posts by Susan Kim


Tornado Survivors: “It’s Going To Take a Long Time”

Just as Shelly Kerker was about to leave the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, IL last Sunday, the pastors told the congregation and staff they needed to shelter-in-place immediately.... Read More

After Sandy, Maryland town quietly suffers

Five volunteers are standing in the Asbury United Methodist Church in Crisfield, Maryland, talking about their goals for the day. Nearly two months after Hurricane Sandy swept up the US... Read More

An Early Response Team mucks out a home. Photo by Billy Robinson.

They were beyond human’

Across the country, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has trained more than 10,000 ERT members who help people. Their specialized training and credentials allow them to move quickly into... Read More

Thousands of Hurricane Sandy survivors have seen the church in action during the last month. Photo by Sushil Bhujbal.

Thousands of Sandy survivors know church cares

One month after the hurricane-turned-Superstorm Sandy hit, it's possible to summarize the church's response in numbers, though these statistics are ever-changing as relief efforts continue in earnest. But the numbers —... Read More

The Rev. Don Stevens sorts through his ruined belongings. Photo by Sushil Bhujbal.

Sandy survivor: ‘It’s unfathomable’

The Rev. Don Stevens was holding himself together until he came across a tote bag that had been drenched by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Read More

The St. Paul United Methodist Church has been serving meals to hundreds of people every day since Hurricane Sandy hit. Photo by Chris Heckert

Volunteers: The lifeblood of storm response

After Hurricane Sandy ripped through the New Jersey coast, the Manasquan United Methodist Church was left without power, but the Rev. Reggie Albert was determined that her church wouldn't be... Read More

The Brennans have lived in Belmar for 31 years, but have never seen anything like Hurricane Sandy. Photo by the Rev. Chris Heckert

Stunned N.J. towns reach for hope

Charlie and Eileen Brennan are sitting on steps of their house in Belmar, a coastal New Jersey town where they’ve lived for 31 years. Taking a break from cleaning up... Read More

Wherever people gather for food, water or shelter, they’re drawing together with a sense of love and community. Credit: Photo by the Rev. Chris Heckert

Past Disasters Worsen Post-Hurricane Trauma

“We can't help but compare this to 9/11.” Even as many New Yorkers are telling each other Hurricane Sandy is nothing like the September 11 terrorist attacks, their minds are constantly making... Read More

A house in New Jersey, already swamped in oily muck, is also being inundated with chemicals from the flooded factory behind it. PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Heckert

‘Nobody Has Scratched the Surface’

The view of just one house in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a microcosm of the incomprehensible magnitude of Sandy's aftermath. Read More

Within Dark Devastation, Sparks of Hope

Entire coastal towns underwater. Millions without power. A paralyzed New York City. Damage that can't even be tallied until the water recedes. Yet within the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy,... Read More

Millions Fear Storm – But the Church Is There

As Hurricane Sandy bore down on millions of people, the United Methodist Church was already helping them prepare, respond, and cope with their fear. Read More