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A CARIBBEAN DISASTER RELIEF UPDATE

The Caribbean has been hit twice with Category 5 hurricanes. Many islands have suffered catastrophic damage.
In this video, Field Director Ishmael Charles shows the effects of the destruction at the site of the totally demolished West End Church on Tortola.

BVI Update West End from Church of God World Missions on Vimeo.

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CARIBBEAN FIELD DIRECTOR REPORTS

The Mt. Zion Church on St. Thomas, Caribbean was badly damaged.

As if the Caribbean islands have not endured enough, Hurricane Maria has followed on the heels of the devastation left by Hurricane Irma. Earlier reports from Field Director Ishmael Charles told of untold destruction in his area of superintendency, but he firmly expressed his trust in God.

Today, International World Missions Director Dr. David M. Griffis received an updated report from Ishmael defining in more detail the needs …

  • None of the 10 churches in Antigua suffered any major destruction.
  • Barbuda was completely destroyed and the government evacuated everyone.
  • Minimal damages to properties in St. Kitts and Nevis.
  • Martin and Anguilla experienced the force of a Category 5; the main Church of God was heavily damaged, and they are awaiting assessment from other pastors; the International airport is closed. Seven churches suffered water damage, and one church in Anguilla, as well.
  • In the British Virgin Islands, it is reported 85 percent of the infrastructure has been destroyed, including banks, schools, churches, businesses and homes. Everyone in every walk of life was affected by the hurricane winds of over 185 mph.
  • The Virgin Gorda Church, a congregation of over 200, is uninhabitable for worship.
  • On Tortola, the West End church was blown to rubble; nothing was left of the building.
  • The main church on the island of St. Thomas was badly damaged.
  • Two of our Haitian churches were completely lost in Turks & Caicos, and the main church in Grand Turks experienced destruction.

Adding to the distress, is the fact that international countries are removing their nationals, and the main tourist and financial industries are moving their business companies to other countries, creating a more severe effect on the islands. Many of our own Church of God members have lost everything.

Not only have the hurricanes been catastrophic, but the emotional aftermath is catastrophic, as well. In the words of Church of God General Overseer Dr. Tim Hill, “With these major weather events, we are facing storm fatigue. However, it is in the midst of the storm that the church is at its best!”

In the wake of the storms, lives and livelihoods are in need of restoration. Please help as God gives you the ability. Click the link below to give online to Caribbean Relief.

Project #765-0036-053

COGWM PRAYS FOR CARIBBEAN IN FACE OF HURRICANE MARIA

Hurricane Maria ravages through the Caribbean and threatens significantly more damage to poor and already-devastated islands. Church of God International World Missions Director and Assistant Director, Drs. David M. Griffis and M. Thomas Propes, responded with a call to prayer with the COGWM family this morning.

Dr. Griffis opened the time of prayer with scriptures from Mark 4 and Matthew 14, demonstrating that Jesus – who is the same yesterday, today, and forever – still calms the storms. “God rides on the wings of the wind,” said Griffis, citing Psalm 104. “Jesus is still the master of the sea.”COGWM praying for Caribbean

Dr. Propes drew from his own experience and explained that in deep seasons of loss, people find God. In those moments, “there is something in our DNA that turns us to God,” he said. He further stated that there is reason to be hopeful that in the face of devastation, a great harvest of souls can be reaped.

Next, specific prayers were offered by Dr. Propes and two World Missions board members, Dr. Gary Sears and Dr. Donald Walker: prayers for provision, protection, and peace.

Dr. Griffis then led COGWM in a time of prayer asking God to turn Hurricane Maria back to the sea. He drew from biblical and personal examples that demonstrate God’s ability and graciousness to do this.

“World Missions stands with our Church of God family across the Caribbean. We offer our financial support, but more than that we offer our prayers. To our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean – you are not alone,” Dr. M. Thomas Propes.

To give to relief efforts, please visit cogwm.org/caribbeanrelief.

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HURRICANE IRMA 9/7/17

This is a video update from COG Caribbean Field Director Bishop Ishmael Charles concerning the devastation across his region. We will share more information as it becomes available. Please continue to pray for the people of the Caribbean.

Irma Caribbean Relief from Church of God World Missions on Vimeo.

To give online to recovery efforts, visit cogwm.org/irmacaribbean.

HURRICANE IRMA AND THE COG IN THE CARIBBEAN

The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history is churning a path along the Caribbean islands and is projected to hit the east coast of the USA soon.

Just as early warnings preceded this monstrous storm for people to prepare, so must we as a church begin to prepare for the aftermath. The Church of God never shirks in its response to be there as soon as possible, offering support and aid to those affected.

Caribbean field director Ishmael Charles has checked in safe with World Missions. He reports extreme damage on the island of Tortola. He also indicated that there are so many trees down, he had to walk five miles to the church to check on it.

Making landfall first in Barbuda, Irma destroyed nearly every building on the island. Heavy rains and powerful winds then lashed Puerto Rico, leaving nearly 900,000 people without power. In the line of destruction are the Bahama Islands. At least ten people are reported dead so far.

Many of the heretofore lush islands have been stripped clean by the storm’s impact. The next hit for Irma are the coasts of the United States.

As reports begin to come into the offices of World Missions, International Director Dr. David M. Griffis and Assistant Dr. M. Thomas Propes will alert the Church of God constituency as to the immediate needs of our brothers and sisters in these areas. Your prayers are of utmost importance.

To Donate support for Church of God World Missions relief efforts in the Caribbean, Click here or put cogwm.org/irmacaribbean in your browser’s url.

Project number 765-0036-053 is IrmaCaribbean disaster relief.

 

 

“Moving the Caribbean in the Right Direction.”

A symposium was held at the end of last year in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the theme “Moving the Caribbean in the Right Direction.” Field Director Bishop Ishmael P. Charles welcomed leaders from churches in all the regions to examine and reflect on matters to ensure charting a future path for the Caribbean.

Caribbean Field Director Ishmael Charles exhorts the multi-language gathering of ministers of this Field Area.

OPENING SESSION

In the opening session, World Missions Assistant Director Dr. M. Thomas Propes challenged the delegates with the need to expect, anticipate, and appropriate that which God will do in order to move the Caribbean in the right direction. The closing church service brought an inspiring message by Dr. Raymond Culpepper, First Assistant General Overseer.

SESSIONS FOR SUCCESS

Workshops and breakout sessions dealt with issues relating specifically to the various spheres of leadership. The participants were encouraged to take what they had received and return to their field of service for implementation.

STRATEGIC PLANS

The gathering was host to peoples from three major language groups in the region … Hispanic, French, and English … yet all could understand and benefit from the sessions. A growing passion for church growth was generated among the leaders. Strategic plans were established for planting new churches in the coming two years, ensuring they prepare for the next generation. Failure to be relevant will result in stagnation.

The entire delegation from outside Puerto Rico was grateful for the exceptional hospitality given them during the symposium.