Stories of Courage: Samaritan Purse

After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), Jesus said “Go and do likewise.”

This is the mission of Samaritan’s Purse—helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel. Last week, Samaritan’s Purse International Relief (SPIR) sent an airlift with 20 tons of water filters, heavy-duty plastic sheeting, hygiene kits, and blankets to The Bahamas, after Hurricane Matthew blew roofs off houses, broke windows, downed trees, impacted the water system and left multiple islands without power.

The much needed hurricane relief was a coordinated effort between SPIR and Karazim Ministries, with the Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA) as project facilitators.

“I was sitting in my dining room, when I heard and saw the water gushing into my bedroom,” recalls Monica Kemp, a resident of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama. “The roof was going up and down, up and down.”

Monica received one of the approximate 2,000 kits that were distributed to families affected by the storm in Grand Bahama.

“For all of us going through this, I would suggest that we try to come together as family,” says Monica. “Cook for your neighbour that don’t have anything to eat; help clean your neighbour’s yard while you do your own.”

Derek Newbold, Senior Business Development Manager and Project Director for the relief effort on behalf of GBPA said “The effects of Matthew were tremendous and families on Grand Bahama will need as much support as possible to begin the process of restoring their lives, homes and properties.  The assistance was well received and persons in the affected areas have expressed their gratitude for same.  The SPIR team have been extremely helpful and while there is much more to be done, this relief effort has initiated a positive and hopeful start.”

Michael Dytynyshyn was part of a five-member disaster relief team from Samaritan’s Purse in The Bahamas. He has participated in various disaster response efforts since he began working for Samaritan’s Purse in 2010. Michael said this relief effort allowed him to see the resilience in the Bahamian people.

The resilience and strength described by Michael is reflected in Monica’s optimism and hope for the future. She says: “This goes to show there is still love and compassion for one another and I think this is what The Bahamas needs. We are alive and we give God thanks.”

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