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Baptist International Missions
Caribbean Hurricane Relief, Account #15
PO Box 9
Harrison, TN 37341
On Sunday, September 1st, Hurricane Dorian moved into the Bahamian islands. The eye centered itself over Grand Bahama. With winds over 185 mph, it was rated as a CAT 5 storm. Finally after 36 hours of punishment, pictures have filtered out of the devastation. BIMI missionaries have planted several church ministries in Freeport and Abaco. The ministries have suffered greatly. We are seeking an assessment of the damages so we might help encourage them at this time. If you would like to contribute to the Hurricane Dorian Project, please note your contribution for this project and direct it to Account #15 (Caribbean Emergency Account).
Report from BIMI Missionary Shirleen Godfrey in Nassau, Bahamas
- September 2019
Many years ago, the government of the Bahamas asked churches if they would be willing to house people in case of emergencies. Our church, Calvary Baptist Church in Nassau, signed on.
Thirty-eight children and parents were brought over from the island of Abaco before hurricane Darian hit and are being housed in our church. These were brought over in the first warning that the hurricane was coming. The church took part of the children's ministry department downstairs to house the children and mothers. Two of the mothers who did not come over are missing.
Groups from all over the world are coming to help, even a group from Israel. Our building is two stories and has a large downstairs. Food is being brought in, and we have a large kitchen downstairs. A group from one of the churches here brought in toys for the children. Bible lessons have been given to the children and 18 have been saved.
There is nothing left on Abaco. The place where the Haitians lived was called the “Mudd” and was home to about 3,500. The storm surge went through, taking the shacks, the people, and part of the island out to the ocean. Bodies are being washed up, even now. A team from the United States that deals with dead bodies is here. It is a very deadly situation.
It is going to be a long time before things settle down. There are so many without homes or places to go. Please continue to pray.