Church of God Volunteers Receive CERT Training

1200 Trained First Responders

Who do you call on when your entire town is flooded with over eight feet of water? Who can you turn to when, in an instant, you lose everything that has taken you a lifetime to build? During tragedies like these, we want to become like a child again and run to our mother’s arms for comfort. Volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God, with the heart of Heavenly Mother, sprang into action in recent disasters on the East Coast – particularly during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. Both left a tremendous impact on the lives of millions of people in the tri-state area. And this led them to receiving the CERT Training (Community Emergency Response Team).

It was during Hurricane Irene that a Detective of the Bergen County Police Department noticed the bright smiles and lively spirits of volunteers in yellow shirts. Something that immediately caught her attention. A year later, while working at a shelter in Mahwah, she saw those same yellow shirts walking in after Hurricane Sandy. Immediately, she yelled out, “The yellow shirts are here!” They were the volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God. And one year later, Detective Gidget Petri organized an unprecedented event in Hackensack to officially certify these yellow-shirt volunteers from the Church of God, who left such a great impact on her, creating 1200 trained first responders. The CERT training can take up to several weeks to complete, but in one day, members from Churches of God along the East Coast sat through 12 hours of training.

Volunteers showed their enthusiasm from the moment they arrived at the facility, cheering and clapping, and wearing their now well-known yellow shirts and smiles on their faces. Officials were astonished at the level of energy in the auditorium of the Bergen County Academies throughout the day, something they described as never seen in any previous class. Members traveled from as far north as New Hampshire to as far south as North Carolina, and of course from Bergen County. Yet they showed no tiredness. Detective Ronald Salzano of the Bergen County Police Office of Emergency Management was surprised at the amount of Church of God members who volunteered to be trained given the challenges the County has had in recruiting volunteer first responders. He described it as “having angels walking among us. You are like our spiritual first-aid kit.” News12 New Jersey even captured the importance of this training and how much it will mean for the community of New Jersey.

The night didn’t end there. Following the CERT Training, County, State Officials and other partner organizations presented the Church and Heavenly Mother with 11 awards in gratitude and recognition of the contribution the Church has made to the State of New Jersey over the past years. “It’s been remarkable what you’ve done in the state. You clearly have been wonderful neighbors and friends to all the people in Bergen County. So many people were affected by Hurricane Sandy… and you have been with us every step of the way as we recover from that and I truly want to thank you for what you have done for the fellow citizens of Bergen County. We will never forget and truly appreciate what you did for us the course of the last fourteen months. Now that you are CERT Certified, we are going to call on you even more because now you have official training.” Volunteers were moved to tears when they heard this from Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, who presented the Church of God with a Certificate of Commendation. The Church of God also received:

  • A Commendation from Mayor Donal Burden of Shrewsbury for hosting a blood drive in Central Jersey blood drive this past summer in partnership with Community Blood Center. Together with the Blood Center, Church of God volunteers have saved 3,000 lives since 2009.
  • A Distinguished Achievement Award from the County of Bergen Department of Human Services Division of Senior Services for the volunteers’ dedication and service to Bergen County Seniors
  • A Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Community Service from Commissioner Mary O’Dowd of the New Jersey Department of Health for addressing the need of dire need of blood in New Jersey and donating at the Super Community Blood Drive at MetLife Stadium
  • A Certificate of Appreciation from the President of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for participating in their Foundation’s 2013 Walk for Awareness during the month of breast cancer awareness
  • A Plaque of Recognition from Always Advancing and Boss Events for lending a cheerful hand and making a difference at their Trenton Double Cross Half Marathon & 10K
  • A Letter of Recognition from the New York Blood Center for saving 500 lives in the 2012 New Jerusalem Day Blood Drive in New York City
  • A Certificate of Achievement for volunteering at the NJ Walk4Hearing

At the end of the night, the room was filled with even more excitement. Members were extremely encouraged and realized the difference that their volunteerism had made in the lives of others in the community and the State of New Jersey.

2018-02-24T12:22:00+00:00December 3, 2013|Categories: Activities, Disaster Relief|18 Comments


  1. Katherine March 30, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

    I remember that day like it was yesterday! My heart was overwhelmed with many emotions seeing so many awards being given to the church. Church of God received these awards for the endless efforts and sacrifice towards the community. Truly an example organization.

  2. Nicole W February 2, 2017 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Thst day was so amazing. I too remember that day very well I was nervous and excited to learn about something bigger than be able to save other peoples’ lives. I give thanks to God we were able to attend the CERT training that day.

  3. Oscar G March 17, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I still remember this event like it was yesterday. So thankful to have been part of this training and to receive the certification to go and help in times of need. The members of the Church of God are devoted to following the will of God not only within the Church but also in our communities. Proud to say I am a member of the WMSCOG.

  4. Dee March 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    I too remember that day😆 Crying tears of Joy to see how much we’ve been working together. Even though we are all across the country we all have the same heart and mind as our Heavenly Mother. Even though this horrible disasters happen truly uplifting knowing that will need will be there to the big things and l even though these horrible disasters happen truly uplifting knowing that will need will be there to the big things and look little😊❤ Thank you Elohim.

  5. Evalin Koffa March 17, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    The members of the Curch of God are truly angels who display the true love of God. They are always willing and eager to serve all communities, regardless of any obstacles. Church of God is always the first to respond, the first to care, and the first to change lives. Who can have so much love for humanity? Only Church of God. Church of is truly amazing, the only true church in the whole world.

  6. Brittny March 17, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I always said growing up that I wanted to make a difference in the world. However, I could never seem to fulfill that dream until I joined the WMS Church of God. Since I became a member I have had so many opportunities to volunteer and even become a certified member of CERT. I am honored to be part of a church that our community can rely on in times of need.

  7. David March 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    I can always feel the definition of ‘Christianity’ whenever I see what Church of God is doing. I am so thankful that I am part of this beautiful group. I always get encouraged and motivated through these volunteer services. All thanks to God

  8. Krissy M. March 17, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I am beyond grateful that many people from the Church of God had the opportunity to become certified members of CERT, because it allows them the ability to reach the community in ways otherwise they may not be able to! It is even more beautiful that they had received this training/certification in unity. It makes for an even stronger team to respond to emergencies and disasters etc! God tells His children to show faith with deeds, and this for sure allows many of the members of the church of God to partake in so much outreach to communities. I hope someday I have the opportunity to become a certified member of CERT with the Church of God. Wonderful article and video 🙂

  9. Katia March 17, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    The CERT Training is a very important and useful training that help us, to help others. I was very glad that by being a member of the Church of God, I had the chance to be CERT trained. Truly the Church of God is always ready to help their neighbors in difficult times.

  10. Amber March 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Wow! It is truly an honor to be a member of the Church of God. I too remember this day. It literally gave me chills to see the change that the Church of God can bring about in the community. All the rewards were given because of the sincerity of memebers heart to help the community and the hard work that was done with joy.

  11. Andrea March 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    World Mission Society is the best church in the world!! Not only does this Church preach Gods love, they also put it into practice! Though I was recently baptized, I am thankful to be apart of such a beautiful family. One by one through Mother’s love we will be the healing of the nations.

  12. Sade' Wyatt March 17, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Wowww! This is truly amazing that we can all be a part of such a great contribution to others and shine Mother’s love! I’m so proud of all the brothers and sisters who make such and effort and through efforts, bring others to Mother’s arms. Such a huge blessing from our Elohim God.

  13. Mimi March 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    I am truly bless to be a member of the WMSCOG. The members of the WMS Church of God are amazing, they are truly shining the Light of God Elohim through the volunteer work.

  14. Maryann March 18, 2017 at 1:00 am - Reply

    I admire the efforts and beautiful examples displayed by the members of the Church of God. As true followers of Christ their efforts have displayed unity, love and selflessness to serve the community and people in anyway possible. I give all thanks to God for establishing such an amazing Church and for all the members putting the Words of God into practice ! Awesome work ! Keep it up! : )

  15. Erin March 18, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

    I am so blessed to have been lead to the Church of God. Not only do the members care for each other, but they also make huge efforts in helping the communities around them and around the world. I truly feel united and over joyed when we work together to make a positive impact on the world and help people overcome tough times.

  16. Patience March 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Wow. Let go WMSCOG. Congratulation. Members of Church Of God do not only give the absolutly teaching of God from thevBible but also care about the community and it is all because of the love of Heavenly Mother. Wherever Church of God is located, people of the world don’t need to worry because they will not only be save physically but spiritual as well. WMSCOG, Ahu, Ahu, Ahu. All the members of WMSCOG carrying and shining the glory of Mother with one voice. We love you.

  17. Tazia May 6, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Wow! How amazing! Children of God take initiative to save all 7 billion people of the world. Anime!

  18. Crystal P September 6, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Wow it’s so amazing to see how many awards were given that day! It’s such a privilege to be a part of the World Mission Society Church of God and to be CERT certified to shine the light and glory of God!

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