September 17, 2019
/ Nassau, The Bahamas
/ Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division News
Nearly 100 church members who lost their homes in Abaco and Grand Bahama because of Hurricane Dorian and had to evacuate to Nassau recently met with church leaders at the Hillview Adventist Church, for a special session of prayer, information and and relief supplies, Sep. 14, 2019. Many church members are staying in shelters across Nassau.
[Photo by Libna Stevens/IAD]
“You are not alone. Your church family is with you and God is touching many hearts all over the world to help you endure through this process,” Peter Kerr, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Atlantic Caribbean Union, as he spoke to dozens of church members who evacuated Abaco and Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian destroyed their homes and communities earlier this month.
The nearly 100 displaced members gathered at the Hillview Adventist Church in Nassau, Bahamas, on Sep. 14, 2019. Many were driven by bus to pray, complete the process of registering each church family taking shelter on the island, provide information on how to apply for government housing placement and assistance, and receive goods as they stay in homes and shelters across the island indefinitely.
“We wanted to see you, talk to you, listen to the experiences you are having, and let you know that we care for you,” said Kerr. “Although this may take time, we will get through this together.”
Support coming in
Kerr shared how church leaders across the Inter-American Division and its many unions are praying and offering assistance to the people affected by the hurricane in The Bahamas.
Inter-American Division Executive Secretary Leonard Johnson brought a special message of encouragement to the gathering on behalf of his fellow administrators and union administrators across the territory. “Your pain is our pain, and your loss is our loss,” said Johnson. “When something happens to you, know that you are not alone.” The Division has already sent funds to help with the many feeding and assistance provided to the members, he said.