Excerpts from Franklin Graham’s June Update:
Reverend Franklin Graham reports that eight months after last September’s hurricanes, our neighbors in the Caribbean are still hurting. Parts of Puerto Rico remain in the dark with no power. Only a few hundred people have been able to return to the island of Barbuda. Countless houses are still waiting for rebuilt roofs and other repairs.
Samaritan’s Purse has teams deployed on four islands to repair or rebuild up to 3,000 houses and over 100 churches. This is one of the largest reconstruction projects the organization has ever attempted. Our helicopter remains busy delivering generators and essentials to corners of Puerto Rico that still lack power.
In one Puerto Rican community, Pastor Ramon Rodriguez requested a stove and refrigerator for a couple whose wooden house was destroyed by Hurricane Maria. The homeowner is a grandfather who said, “I have no money or no way to pay you.” Pastor Ramon responded, “You don’t have to pay me. This is a gift from people who are serving in the Name of Jesus. It’s Christ who loves you, and it’s Christ who is at work.”
Many of the churches have continued to worship faithfully every Sunday, even though their roofs are gone and they have no way to rebuild. On the island of St. Martin, Hurricane Irma destroyed the roof at the New Testament Bible Church. The pastor’s home was also destroyed. He and his family lived in the basement of the ruined sanctuary. He prayed for help, and on a Wednesday in mid-January, members gathered in the roofless sanctuary to pour out their hearts to God and to ask Him to supply their needs. In a matter of weeks Samaritan’s Purse crews came and were able to replace the church roof, enabling the congregation to once again gather for worship and resume their outreach programs in their city.
Thank you for your prayers for everyone in the Caribbean. Samaritan’s Purse will continue their work on the islands for months to come–as well as in Texas, where Samaritan’s Purse volunteers are busy helping up to 1,000 families get back into their homes which were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.