AG World Missions, Convoy of Hope, Respond to Bahamas Hurricane
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David Speer, AGWM area director for the Caribbean, reports that of the 30 inhabited islands, Grand Bahama and Abaco Island were in the hurricane’s main path. Five AG churches are located on each island.
Bahamas AG General Superintendent Patrick Paul told Speer that Abaco Island’s March Harbor city center had been under 8 feet of water Monday. Superintendent Paul has learned from his leadership team living in Freeport, Grand Bahama, that flood waters have reached 20 feet in depth, and nearly two-thirds of homes are completely underwater. One pastor reported climbing into his house rafters to escape 11 feet of water flowing through the structure.
David Ellis, AGWM regional director for Latin America Caribbean says, “I urge our AG churches across America to join us in fervent prayer for the Lord’s comfort and strength for our fellow AG believers in the Bahamas who have suffered such devastation. At times of crisis, our partnerships enable us to serve our fraternal churches and increase their reach to their neighbors with the compassion and message of Christ.”
AG World Missions already disbursed emergency relief funds to the field to purchase urgently needed relief supplies. Convoy of Hope personnel are already in the Bahamas working with AG national leaders to help determine how to most effectively serve the suffering.
“Partnering with AG World Missions, Convoy of Hope’s assessment team is on site to assist AG church leadership. We want to bring the most-needed services to those in the hardest-hit areas of the Bahamas,” says Keith Boucher, Convoy’s chief operations officer.
Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane when it struck the Bahamas Sunday morning, with winds gusting to 220 mph. Hammering the area for two days, it was the strongest storm in the island nation’s history. By some estimates, nearly half the homes on the main islands have been damaged or destroyed, creating scenes described as apocalyptic by reporters onsite. At least 20 people died across the islands, with rescue teams expecting to recover more bodies among building debris.
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