The local newspaper of Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Día, reported today that the island ravaged by Hurricane Maria last week is “perhaps hours away from facing a major social crisis.” International news outlets report that the lack of communication, electricity, fuel, food and fresh water have resulted in a lack of medical attention on the island (there isn’t much a hospital can do without these valuable resources). Therefore, they are expecting a severe outbreak of disease among the 3.4 million people who live there.
According to Free Methodist Bishop David Roller, “Although communication is not yet fully restored, we are getting reports out of Puerto Rico of extensive damage to homes and Free Methodist churches. Everyone and everything got wet — some much worse than that. We thank God that we haven’t heard of any loss of life among our community.”
He continues, “the long slow path to recovery begins...This is the time for us to stand alongside our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico.”
I would like to suggest 4 specific ways to do this:
1. Pray for the people of Puerto Rico in this time of need. Pray alone, with your family, and with your church. Pray for all of the many needs and pray for supernatural strength for the church leaders as they minister to the people around them while at the same time dealing with the trauma that affects them as well. Also, pray for the US Government to provide more emergency support.
2. Give to the Puerto Rico Recovery fund. FM Leadership is working with Superintendent Mercedes Reynoso to develop a list of priorities in how to best use the money donated. Click here to donate now.
3. Purchase Wal-Mart or Walgreens gift cards and send them to Puerto Rico Hurricane Recover, 770 N High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214. On October 9 – and then regularly after that – they will be sent to Puerto Rico so that as soon as groceries and medical supplies are available, people in our churches will be able to purchase them.
4. Spread the word so that others can join us in this effort for recovery in Puerto Rico.
written by Beth Gómez