BAHAMAS HURRICANE MATTHEW UPDATE

haiti-h-matthew-damage-004Following close on the heels of impact Hurricane Matthew made on the western side of Haiti, the island of Andros, Bahamas, suffered a major blow, as well.

Bishop Overseer Dr. Ishmael Charles notified World Missions Director Dr. David Griffis and Assistant Director Dr. Thomas Propes of the extent of damages incurred. Once a natural disaster has passed, it is then the destruction becomes more visible.

Overwhelming for church members is not only the devastation of homes and livelihood, but the destruction of their churches … the places of worship and spiritual experiences. In the Andros district, the roof, walls, and flooring need to be replaced, as well as the incalculable loss of ministry sound equipment. Replacing these needs is a discouraging situation—money is not easily obtained. Services will now have to be held outside until further accommodations can be made.

Even more sorrowful is the displacement of some of the tombs. Because of limited space and underground waterways on islands, the dead must be buried above ground.

Winds and water heavily damaged the Mastic Point church; Stafford Creek felt the effects of a fallen tree; and Small Hope Church of God lost roof shingles. The one thing that remains is their faith in God and in those who will assist financially and lend physical labor in the rebuilding.

Church of God World Missions is there!

Project Number 765-0036-040 (Please designate Andros, Bahamas, on your donation.)