In the Bahamas, Adventist Church accounting for members after Hurricane Dorian

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In the Bahamas, Adventist Church accounting for members after Hurricane Dorian

View of the damaged Freeport Adventist Church in Freeport, Grand Bahama, after Hurricane Dorian battered the island for more than 30 hours, Sept. 1-2, 2019. The church, which has a membership of 1,117, was being used as a shelter when the roof and walls of the fellowship hall began to fall apart. School and church properties have yet to be assessed for damages. [Photo: Eric D. Clarke/ATCU]

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Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Nassau, The Bahamas, are still waiting to know the fate of the hundreds of members who have been affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian on the hardest hit islands of Abaco, Grand Bahama, Bimini and the Berry Islands.  The Category 4 hurricane pounded the northern Bahamas for over 40 hours starting on Sep. 1, packing winds of over 185 miles per hour, flooding the islands, stranding residents and killing at least seven people.

“This is something for the record books,” said Peter Kerr, president of the church in the Atlantic Caribbean Union during a phone interview today from the union’s headquarters in Nassau, The Bahamas.  “We have never seen anything close to this,” said Kerr who oversees work of the church in The Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos.

“Hurricanes have come and made their path and moved quickly out of the way but this one had trapped us for more than 40 hours, sitting on Grand Bahama for over 30 hours,” said Kerr.

Abaco Island

So far leaders are trying to account for their members but communication is difficult especially in the Abaco Islands, north of Nassau, where five churches and a membership of more than 900 are located.  “We know there are three churches, one in the north and two large churches in the center of Abaco which is in Marsh Harbour and those are completely cut off from the south of the island where two more churches are.”

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