As you know, Puerto Rico was struck by a devastating hurricane in October and the island was completely devastated. Power and running water was lost to 100% of the island. It’s been almost a month and the governor of Puerto Rico currently estimates that only 15% of the entire island has regained power. Unfortunately, those areas with power are the areas most frequented by tourists, but surrounding cities have yet to see anyone from FEMA. Puerto Rico officials estimate that it will take at least six months for the island to regain full power and water. Imagine being in that situation….Your home flooded….the roof torn off and all of your possessions destroyed and on top of that, you have no way to get food or water. I can’t imagine it, can you?
There are continued deaths even after the hurricane because of the severe lack of food and water. These are stories you won’t see on the news. The media has moved on from the devastation in Puerto Rico, but these people are continuing to suffer. I recommend following Jason Maddy on Facebook to see exactly what relief workers and Puerto Ricans are truly facing even in this moment.
In the weeks following the hurricane, I have been thinking and praying about going on a mission trip to Puerto Rico. Pastor Rakes has been speaking on God giving us “nudges”. I believe this is my “nudge” and God is asking me to make this new step. I am excited for all that I will learn in the weeks leading up to the trip, during the trip, and after I return home. I believe God is going to “do a good work in me” as a result of this incredible opportunity.
We have already begun collecting donated items to fill two checked bags on behalf of the relief organization Boots on the Ground 4 Puerto Rico. We also have several opportunities to assist with serving food, delivery supplies, tarping roofs, washing/hanging clothes and distributing food and water with the following organizations:
Fundacion Arecibo Se Levanta
Hunger Corp PR
Techos Para Mameyes-Jayuya/Utuado
Camp Ody en Accion
I am excited for the opportunity to serve with these organizations. We will spend most of our time focused on the outer-lying cities of Utuado, Arecibo and other severely damaged areas that are still without food, power and running water. Above all, we are devoted to serving the local people and developing relationships with them! This was Christ’s model for evangelism and we are excited to be a part of the hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. I am very excited to be a part of this!
As I prepare for the trip, I need your prayers for safety and God to work in and through us, and I want to humbly ask you to consider donating financially. We have already covered our airline tickets and accommodations, therefore ALL donations will be used to purchase food, water and personal care items to distribute to needy families once we arrive in Puerto Rico. Any amount would be great, but if you would be willing to contribute $20, $50, $100 or more, it would really help me to help more people.
Please prayerfully consider how you would be willing to support us during this trip—either through prayer, financial support or both. Thank you for partnering with me and supporting me as I prepare for this adventure! I look forward to letting you know how the trip impacted our lives when we return!