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Help Our Bahamian Sisters and Brothers

Dorian Destruction Help Our Bahamian Sisters and Brothers

“It looks like everything went through a wood chipper,” said an NPR commentator about Abaco island after Dorian. The devastation of the two northern most islands in the Bahamas was epic. Abaco was hit by 220 mile an hour wind. Dorian parked over Grand Bahama pummeling it for more than 48 hours.

Although I have never been to the Bahamas, this tragedy feels personal. Fr. Franklyn and Jennifer are from the Bahamas. Franklyn messaged me, “Abaco is family, my ancestors….” Ivamae, who worships at Grace when she visits from the Bahamas, emailed, “The damages in those two islands is beyond comprehension. Can u imagine 65% of the homes and businesses demolished and the 35% compromised in Abaco.” Ivamae’s sister lives on Abaco. She’s not sure when she’ll go back. The death toll in the Bahamas has risen to forty-three. Thankfully, Fr. Franklyn, Jennifer’s and Ivamae’s family are safe.

Although it’s easy to forget Dorian with such beautiful weather in Central North Carolina, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Charleston, Ocracoke and other areas hammered by Dorian have entered the deadliest period. The number of indirect deaths and injuries always exceeds the direct ones from a hurricane.

Please continue to pray for all our sisters and brothers affected by Dorian. I also encourage you to contribute to Dorian relief. 

As we’ve done in the past, all the money raised will be funneled through Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). Your contribution to ERD goes further because much of the administrative expense is covered through the Episcopal Church’s operating budget. ERD also has people on the ground to insure your gift reaches those in need.

You may make your contribution to “Grace Episcopal Church” with “Dorian” in the memo. Please mail your check to the church at PO Box 752, Clayton NC 27528. You will make a difference to family and friends who worship and serve at Grace.

John Gibson


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