Described as a debris field the Nature Island was ravaged by nature itself. The Caribbean island of Dominica was devastated by a direct hit from Hurricane Maria as reported by The Resource Foundation. In one day’s time, Maria grew from tropical storm status to a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane leaving an entire island of 72,000 with little time to prepare. Struck Sept. 18-19, the 160 mph winds savagely sheared bark off trees, toppled homes and blew people’s belongings away forever. Many only had the clothes on their back. Thousands have yet to receive desperately needed food and water.1 As an independent country, Dominica is at the complete mercy of the global community for aid.2 Already a country with a weak infrastructure and now a non-existent one, Dominicans are pleading for help that can only come in the immediate form of helicopter drops of food, water and medical supplies.3 Many villages in the eastern and southern regions are trapped from debris, crumbled roads and mudslides .4
TSHICC answered the call for help. Several of TSHICC’s church family rented a large Uhaul, shopped at Costcos, and purchased some of the basic needs for children and families after such a great devastation. After several hours of shopping, TSHICC was able to provide nearly $3600 worth of non perishable items and resources for the families and communities in Dominica. The following Sunday during church service, Pastor Kevin shared a video of his team shopping and stuffing the largest Uhaul truck with items to be shipped to Dominica. As TSHICC church family watched the video, there were claps, cheering, and crying as they viewed the video of Pastor Kevin and his team shopping for baby diapers, canned items, wet wipes, and several other non perishable items. At the end of the video and with a crowd well over 800 people, the atmosphere burst into a thunderous roar!! Tears of joy filled TSHICC’s members as many in the audience had been a part of the financial donation that took place to help TSHICC give to the Dominican families.
We are reaching the world! said Pastor Kevin. We are called to help and that’s what we will be doing as long as GOD provides. If you would like to make a tax-free donation to TSHICC’s outreach causes, please click here and specify your amount. We make sure 100% of your donations will be given to help all relief efforts.
- Foundation, The Resource ( 2017, September) Dominica Disaster Relief Fund. Retrieved from http://resourcefnd.org/funds/dominica-disaster-relief-fund/.
- Ibid. 3. Ibid. 4. Ibid.