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Sandy Blog: Arkansas team arrives in New York and makes some new friends

Left to right, David Butler (Arkansas), Jim Clark (Kansas/Nebraska) and Gene Lashlee (Arkansas) discuss upcoming Sandy relief efforts Photo by Caleb Yarbrough.Editor's Note: Caleb Yarbrough, media specialist for the Arkansas Baptist News, is working alongside Arkansas Baptist volunteers serving in New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He is blogging his experiences as the team travels to the Empire State to help those in need.

DEER PARK, N.Y. –  Despite most of our group waking up around 3 this morning, all were in good spirits as we hit the road a little before 5 a.m. and headed north.

After traveling through multiple states we made it to New Jersey. Once we got close to Newark we encountered some heavy traffic which prompted one of my fellow volunteers to comment: "I sure am glad I live in Forrest City, Arkansas!"

Caleb YarbroughAfter making it through the worst of the traffic we began to make better time. As we crossed the bridge from New Jersey to New York we could see the skyline and city lights.

We made it to our final destination around 8 p.m., a former hispanic church building in Deer Park, New York. It will be our home for now.

On arrival we were met by a Kansas/Nebraska Disaster Relief group that will be working alongside us this week.

David Butler, a volunteer from Arkansas, said he first met the folks from Kansas/Nebraska when he was a Blue Cap on a disaster relief trip to North Dakota. He said that the two groups got along great the first day they met and started working together.

The  comradery between the two groups was obvious in their fellowship as they shared laughs and set up their cots and air mattresses together in the large wide-open room that appears to be the former sanctuary of the church.

Trailer parked outside former hispanic church in Deer Park, N.Y.The coming together of our group and the one from Kansas/Nebraska was a wonderful picture of the love that is had between brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God.

As we work alongside our new friends from Kansas/Nebraska and other disaster relief teams please pray that God would use all of our efforts, collectively, as a family of believers to do mighty works in the lives of those that we serve and come into contact with this week.

Caleb Yarbrough
Arkansas Baptist News

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