Disaster Response Update (Harvey & Irma)
We invite your continued prayers for the people in the Caribbean impacted by Hurricane Irma, those who are first-responders, and those who are preparing for potential effects in the next few days.
The island of Antigua, home of the Eastern West Indies Provincial offices, has been impacted. We are awaiting an update from Cortroy Jarvis, President of the EWI Provincial Board. The storm’s projected path includes other areas where Moravian brothers and sisters live: the U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba and Florida. Our church in Cuba is scheduled to begin its first Synod as a Mission Province on Tuesday (12th), with Sam Gray and representatives from the Armando Rusindo Mission Foundation traveling to attend. Plans for the Synod are currently being evaluated.
Please continue to pray for everyone recovering from Hurricane Harvey and the extensive flooding in Texas. Our friends in the Unity of the Brethren Church in Texas are responding to needs in the Houston area and among their members and congregations. Pray especially for the Good Shepherd Moravian Church, in Port Arthur, TX, which is part of the UBC. Its members are predominantly Moravians who formerly lived in Nicaragua. The pastor is Adolfo Ugarte. As reported from TX: “The church had about 3 feet of water in it and they have lost their piano, organ, pews, carpeting and probably walls. Many of the members also had water in their houses and are presently staying in shelters until other arrangements can be made for temporary housing.”
The Board of World Mission will be sharing further news and developments including response plans as information is received from these places and more is known about what is needed.
“For all who are in danger, trouble, or anguish, we ask the presence and strength of your Spirit.” (Intercessions in Time of Crisis)
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