World Report

September 8, 2017

The Impact of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose

From the Superintendent's DESK

Many have expressed concern and let us know that they are praying for those impacted by the recent hurricanes, and it is deeply appreciated. Our saints in the Texas area are beginning to recover from Hurricane Harvey. Two families were displaced and others suffered property damage, but no lives were lost.

As destructive as Hurricane Harvey was, Hurricane Irma has been even more devastating. Tim DeBusk, Director of Caribbean Work, has reached Brother Mills in the Dominican Republic today, who confirmed that our saints and churches there are alright. He also reached Rolland Deler, District Superintendent of Haiti, who stated that Hurricane Irma did not severely impact our Haiti churches or saints.

Our saints in St. Maarten lost homes as well as the church building where Brother Deler (who is presently in Haiti) has oversight, which is where they have been worshipping. However, we are thankful that our St. Maarten church that has been under construction withstood the storm. We still expect to dedicate it next February, Lord willing. Though it is a work in progress, we can move our services there. We have not heard any report about the condition of the church where Eugene Hodges pastors on the French side of the island.

We have been unable to reach Michael Anthony, our Eastern Caribbean District Superintendent, to know the specifics of damage in the Virgin Islands. We have heard that all communication systems and power are down. That region took the full force of the hurricane, along with Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Thomas.

While Hurricane Irma has now passed though the Caribbean, our Florida and East Coast churches are bracing for what is to come over the next few days. In addition, this weekend Hurricane Jose, also a Category 4 storm, is expected to hit the Caribbean region again. We should all continue to pray for them.