By Aaron Weaver
NEW YORK — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship was honored January 15 with the “Partnership Award” for its disaster response efforts to meet unmet needs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that hit the Eastern United States in late October 2012.
CBF Disaster Response was recognized at an awards reception at New York University alongside Metro Baptist Church by the New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and the New York City Sandy Unmet Need Roundtable. Following Hurricane Sandy, the Fellowship and Metro Baptist, a CBF partner congregation located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, made a three-year commitment of $125,000 to help families recover from the devastating storm. CBF fulfilled its pledge earlier this year, sending $50,000 to the roundtable.
The partners of the roundtable have contributed more than $12.5 million to provide assistance to affected families and more than $8 million has been distributed to meet long-term unmet needs and ensure sustainable recovery. Other partners involved in the relief effort included the American Red Cross, Convoy of Hope, Home Depot, Islamic Relief USA, K.I.D.S. Foundation, United Way of New York City and the Salvation Army.
CBF Disaster Response Director Tommy Deal accepted the award on behalf of CBF. Deal emphasized the diverse relationships formed and the positive work of this three-year partnership.
“With very few resources in the greater New York City area, it was difficult for us to envision a response that could have a positive impact,” Deal said. “It was definitely a God-thing for us to be introduced to Peter Gudaitis, chief response officer of NYDIS, and hear how NYDIS was planning on assisting the overlooked, underserved families. We knew we had some resources and more could be contributed if we communicated a need. Our involvement has been a wonderful picture of collaboration and true partnership.”
CBF is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.