Deploying to Hurricane Sandy

By   •   November 1, 2012

An uprooted tree, with Ocean City, N.J., to the left and Atlantic City in the backdrop, lies still on the beach as a reminder of the historic Hurricane Sandy.
Safe to say most of the news is flooded with Hurricane Sandy aftermath in Ocean City, N.J.
The Rapid Response Team chaplains deployed to three New Jersey areas, north, central and south, as they deploy to share the love and hope of Christ to those who are in need.
Barely standing, this ocean home survived by a thread. "It was 8:15 and dark out when it came through," one Ocean City resident said. "It was pretty eerie."
Six-foot sand mounds are a common sight in Ocean City, the remains of a powerful storm surge that came through the New Jersey coast.
A gas grill sits in the middle of the road. Nobody was grilling, or doing much of anything for that matter on Wednesday, as Ocean City was a ghost town.
More flooding as some roads remained impassable.
The Rapid Response Team caravan en route to New Jersey to provide emotional and spiritual care to Hurricane Sandy survivors.
Leo and Barb Grabowski feel blessed to be able to serve as Rapid Response Team chaplain coordinators.
Another gas grill bites the dust. Or sand in this case.
Remnants of Sandy's aftermath in Ocean City.
Only a few stilts remain from a boardwalk near 59th street, which was an area staple. "People would go there to get their picture taken for prom, for weddings," one resident said. "It was a landmark."
Garbage of all sorts and sizes ended up on 52nd street, where one resident found his three garbage cans, blocks away from his house.
Chaplain coordinator Judy Tefft talks about why chaplains are deploying to New Jersey.
Bob Tefft, of Michigan, shares his heart for ministering to those hurting for true hope.
More sand dunes create a barrier to get through certain roads.
A huge hole in this home attracted many onlookers who snapped photos with cameras and cell phones.
The Rapid Response Team, deploying alongside Samaritan's Purse, arrived in Linwood, N.J., one of three teams helping Hurricane Sandy storm victims.
Rapid Response chaplains Barb and Leo Grabowski pray with a suddenly homeless woman in a Toms River, N.J., evacuation shelter after Hurricane Sandy.
Leo Grabowski hugs a man who accepted Christ into his life following Hurricane Sandy.
Barb and Leo Grabowski present a Bible to a man after he committed his life to the Lord.
Praying for comfort and peace in Toms River, N.J.
The Grabowskis listen to the needs of Jersey Shore residents.
Some of the goods that were volunteered to the evacuation shelter.
Mounds of books were available for those with plenty of time on their hands.

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