The Greater New York (GNYC) and Northeastern (NEC) conferences are coordinating efforts to meet the growing need to feed thousands of families in New York City each week.
On Monday, August 3, the GNYC warehouse on Edison Avenue in the Bronx, received a delivery by City Harvest, one of the region’s largest food banks, of 12,000 pounds of food for distribution by both conferences to the five boroughs in New York City. This weekly commitment by City Harvest will continue through December 31.
Atlantic Union Conference representatives on hand to receive the delivery included G. Earl Knight, president; Jose Joseph, Haitian Ministries and African Ministries vice president and Adventist Community Services director; and Yvonne Knight, Women’s Ministries and Prayer Ministries director. Conference representatives from GNYC included Henry Beras, president; Ysaias Javier, treasurer; and Luis Biazotto, Adventist Community Services director. Representing NEC was Mario Augustave, Adventist Community Services director.
The recent crisis has brought the two conferences to a new level of collaboration within the shared territory of New York City, to meet the immediate need for food. The joint effort brought in City Harvest to the rescue as a key component of the strategy. The initial exchange between the two conferences laid bare the extreme scale and seriousness of taking on the task to address the escalating need.
The Atlantic Union came to the table, bringing energy and influence to bear on the appeal to the North American Division and other entities for help in tackling this critical need. “This is a very important witness. The only reason we exist as a church is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself set the example of meeting the needs of His community. We cannot claim to be followers of Jesus until we do what Jesus did,” Knight said.