Hurricane Dorian – Rapid Response appeal

USPG have sent funds from our Rapid Response Fund to support the relief efforts of Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands and we remain in regular contact with our friends offering our solidarity and prayers.

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The Rt Revd Laish Boyd, Bishop of The Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands writes in his pastoral letter:

Hurricane Dorian hit Abaco and Grand Bahama with category 5 fury on Saturday 31st August to Wednesday 4th September…

Dorian is a monster storm, unprecedented and extensive, which visited an historic tragedy upon these islands: the devastation has been catastrophic, such as has never been seen or imagined in these parts.

Archdeacon Keith Cartwright, Fr. DeAngelo Bowe and I were able to fly over Marsh Harbour and surrounding areas on Tuesday. While images and video in social media and on television have been heart-breaking, the actual scenes are far more horrific: buildings and infrastructure have been decimated, extensive flooding, hundreds of acres of crops destroyed. Both islands will have to do a lot of rebuilding.

It is so important for us to be sympathetic towards others, to feel their pain and to share in their suffering.

Many of us have relatives, friends, colleagues and associates in the devastated areas, and so that brings the pain even closer to home. Let us continue to bear their burdens in our hearts and to keep them in prayer.

The most heart-breaking aspect of this is the humanitarian crisis: so many persons (65,000 plus) being in upheaval or displaced, suffering and in anguish.

At present there are 20 persons confirmed dead in Abaco alone. There will be more deaths recorded.”

In his appeals to those in his Diocese Bishop Boyd asks for daily prayer; for people to commit to reaching out to those in affected areas; for homes and hearts to be opened to offer emergency accommodation over the crisis period and for those who can to generously give to the Diocesan Hurricane Dorian Appeal. He concludes by asking people to stay positive.

“With all of the images in the news media and particularly the bombarding in social media, it can be overwhelming…

Make no mistake: the situation is dire, the stories are heart-breaking, the suffering is great, and we are faced with something that we have never faced before. However, we have to take every opportunity to look on the bright side, to count our blessings, to celebrate what did not go wrong, and to encourage others to do so.

This road we are on is a long one, so we have to be prayerful and positive and praising. This will carry us over the short and long haul. Let us trust God even as we press on.”

Please join the Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands and USPG in committing to pray daily for persons in the affected islands and their families and donate to our Rapid Response Fund..

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