Long after the immediate needs are met for victims of a disaster
like Hurricane Sandy, one ministry stays to address other needs
that still linger.
The hurricane struck the Atlantic seaboard in late October,
ravishing the northeastern part of the United States, where New
Jersey and New York endured the heaviest impact. Doug Stringer of
America/International tells OneNewsNow that when his group
responded to the initial needs of the victims, they looked beyond
"It really took on a deep, deep-rooted anxiety,
stress and just a real numbness in so many people that it's hard to
overcome those without really addressing some of those grief and
trauma issues," Stringer accounts.
He explains that teams will be organizing church services and
offering training in trauma counseling for pastors and others who
have already been working on the ground, some of whom are having to
deal with their own feelings about the dangers, loss of lives
and general chaos resulting from the storm.
"We see that many, many people respond differently, react
differently. This is an opportunity for them to hear about those
who've experienced these things and trained others in these areas,
but also to receive some healing themselves and to continue to help
their community in the long-term process," the ministry founder
Those receiving the training are the ones who will provide that
service over the long haul.
Stringer notes that Somebody Cares unashamedly uses a Christian
approach to its program and will maintain a long-term presence in
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