2013-10-25 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

New Beginnings
By Ilyassha Shivers

I must begin on sad note. I want to give condolences to the family of little Gio who lost his fight. He is in a better place now. It is our job as family and friends to keep his memory alive and try to make some sense of this tragic event. At the end of the day, God knows best, so let’s keep them in our prayers as the hardest days are yet to come.

As we reflect on this one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy I thought about the many directions I could explore. I could write about the slow recovery process or all that was lost or brought to light by the storm, but instead God led me to a church located at 38-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard New Beginning Deliverance Church of Jesus Christ where the pastor is Lucille Maddox. As was many churches on the peninsula, New Beginning was hit hard by Sandy. It was good to see that they were back in their building celebrating their 27th church anniversary. The church was founded by the pastor and her late husband, Dr. Bishop Henry Maddox. You may ask why I mention this church. It is because these are the faces and people that the mainstream doesn’t know about. New Beginning is not just the name of this church but where we stand as a community. One year later some are still putting the pieces back together, some have relocated and moved on but most of us are here still fighting for what’s right, still going on with our lives. The storm did a lot of damage but I think we are better because of it. There is still a lot that must be done. The rebuilding will not be easy. And besides, anything that’s easy is usually of little or no value. There’s a song that my daughter danced to, “What’s Coming Is Greater Than What’s Been.” We have yet to see the best Far Rockaway has to offer.

We can take the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and use them to build a better stronger community. There will be many events taking place reflecting on what took place during the storm, one of these will be taking place at the Queens Public library on Central Avenue October 28th from 12- 3:30 p.m. This event will be celebrating some of the unsung heroes.

For more information contact Mrs. Anderson at the Queens Public library Far Rockaway branch. Thank you for your support. You can email me at shiverswave@gmail.com. And don’t forget to read The Wave!

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