The elderly lady was afraid to open the door. Alone in the dark in her apartment on the 23rd floor of the Fulton government housing complex in Chelsea Park days after Hurricane Sandy struck, she was not accustomed to people helping.
But Gallery Church in midtown Manhattan was in a position to help. Ministry leader Cliff Mills climbed the 23 flights of stairs Nov. 1 to reach the elderly woman, one of dozens too frail to exit the building, elevators of no use because of power outages.
"She hadn't seen anybody in three days. She had been without power since Monday night and we were the first people to show up to her apartment, so she hadn't seen anybody since the hurricane," Mills said. "People get scared and don't know what's on the other side of that door. When she did open the door, she saw what we had to give her. She was very thankful and gave us a list of a few more things that she needed. We...
It's interesting that I saw what individual churches were doing in N.J. on the BBC and then local churches doing in Queens on the PBS News Hour. Somewhat strange places to see favorable comments about churches. It might be noted I don't think any of these churches were mainline either! But then The Christian Left‚Äôs Humanitarian Hypocrisy has been noted in many areas.
So, we and people on the East Coast can thank God for such people.