Atlantic Caribbean Union

Adventist Church Offers Aid to TCI in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Adventist Church Offers Aid to TCI in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma
ATCU Communication Department

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Between September 6 and 10, 2017, Irma, a category-5 hurricane, passed through the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and the southern Bahamas, two countries within the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) with fury and left many residents displaced.

Before the storm’s passage through the islands, the administration of the ATCU, the organizational body that oversees the work of the Adventist church in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, along with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) were proactive in sourcing supplies and coordinating relief efforts.

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After the nerve-wracking ordeal, Pastor Smith, president of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM), and his wife, Lynn, gave thanks to Almighty God. “There was damage to our home, but it was nothing compared to what others had suffered,” said Pastor Smith as he along with several volunteers from the Adventist Church in the Turks and Caicos Islands, many of whom had suffered damage as well, sprang into action to help those affected by Irma.

A delegation comprised of persons from the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) and the ATCU flew in to Providenciales to assess the damage done by Hurricane Irma and to give assistance.
Pastor Leonard Johnson, ATCU president; Pastor Peter Kerr, ATCU executive secretary; Elder Roderick Sands, ATCU treasurer; Pastor Leonardo Rahming, ADRA and Sabbath School director; and Pastor Kent Price, personal ministries, stewardship, and youth director, visited and prayed with persons in TCI. In the few hours that they were able to spend in the battered country, they stopped by a number of homes to assure members that the church had heard of and seen the devastation and would be working on continued assistance until their lives are returned to normalcy.

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Elders Anthony Burrows and Winston Ash from SBC presented a donation on behalf of SBC to president Smith, committing to solidarity during these challenging times.

On the way back to the Bahamas, the delegation stopped in Inagua, one of the islands in the southern Bahamas that also experienced damage due to Irma. Even though there was some damage, the delegation observed, as they drove around the island visiting members and non-members alike, that the spirits of the islanders were high.

The team was encouraged by the positive spirit of the community members of both TCI and Inagua who were praising God for being spared and were ready to rebuild.

Residents of TCI as well as the Bahamas are now bracing for another monster hurricane, Maria, heading their way. The entire membership of ATCU joins in prayer, asking God for protection as Maria heads to the islands of the Caribbean.