Devastation in the Bahamas

Family – Below is an excerpt from a communication received this morning regarding the trauma being experienced by the people of the Bahamas.

American Baptist International Ministries Responds to Destruction Wrought by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian, which over the Labor Day weekend was one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, pounded Grand Bahama Island for more than an entire day, killing at least seven people. Floodwater inundated homes in the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas ahead of its advance on the U.S. East Coast.

Bahamian officials cite the destruction in the northern Bahamas as a “historic tragedy.” Communication lines on the islands have been down since the storm began, and therefore the full extent of the loss of life and property is only now being revealed.

Rev. Dr. Adalia Gutierrez-Lee, an Area Director at International Ministries, shares “I have spoken with Rev. Everton Jackson, Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship, to express our prayers and solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the Bahamas during this terrible time.”

The president of the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship, Rev. Dr. William Thompson, who lives in Nassau, Bahamas advised that a comprehensive assessment will be done as soon as possible. In the meantime, the immediate response requires water, food, flashlights, mattresses and medical supplies.

IM has sent a $15,000 One Great Hour of Sharing emergency relief grant to the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship as an initial response. The magnitude of the destruction we can see already shows devastation that will require not just immediate relief, but also the long-term rebuilding of homes, lives, and livelihoods.

IM has no global servants or volunteers serving in the Bahama islands.

You are invited to support relief work in the Bahamas by writing a check to LABC marked Bahamas. We will forward all gifts directly to the point of need via One Great Hour of Sharing.

Prayers continue,

Jim H.