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Hurricane Georges clean up underway
16 Oct 1998 10:39:52
Date: October 16, 1998
Disciples News Service
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Contact: Curt Miller
on the Web: http://www.disciples.org
As the full impact of the ravages of Hurricane Georges is totaled,
Disciples response continues in Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican
Republic and the United States.
Week of Compassion, the disaster and relief fund of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ), has sent funds to assist through Church
World Service, to the Disciples communities in Puerto Rico and the
Dominican Republic, and to affected Disciples congregations in the
U.S. As of Oct. 13, those gifts total $31,250.
In Puerto Rico more than 45,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and
thousands of people remain in shelters. Funds were rushed to four
distribution centers being run by Disciples on the island. Church
World Service has sent a shipment of tarpaulins, air mattresses,
flashlights, lanterns, generators and "Gifts of the Heart" recovery
kits to the Evangelical Council of Churches. Puerto Rican Disciples
are part of that interfaith group.
Also damaged were 30 Disciples church buildings. The Board of Church
Extension anticipates sending a team to Puerto Rico in the next
several weeks to help congregations assess needs and estimate
reconstruction costs. BCE, through gifts to the board over the years,
has some funds available to grant interest-free loans to
congregations. The damaged churches will be considered for those
loans as monies are available.
Felix Ortiz, Division of Overseas Ministries missionary in Haiti, is
currently working there on behalf of Church World Service. He is
assisting Haitian church partners in relief and recovery efforts. In
the Dominican Republic, WOC has sent funds to the Evangelical Church
and to the Christian Center for Family Counseling. The center's
director is Peter Savage, a DOM missionary.
Damage in the United States was not as extensive as feared, but
pockets of homes were hit hard. The Rev. Max Glenn, First Christian
Church, Gulfport, Miss., has been elected president of the newly
formed Mississippi Coast Interfaith Distaster Task Force, Inc. In
light of assessment reports, the group has established a goal of
providing $400,000 to $500,000 in assistance over each of the next
two years, primarily to persons who are not helped by other efforts.
Along the coast more than 248 homes were destroyed, 1,305 homes had
severe damage and 4,038 homes need some repair. Volunteer teams are
needed now for cleanup; other teams will be needed for long-term
The Gulfport First Church sanctuary roof was damaged and services
are now being held in the fellowship hall; few homes in town were
damaged. In nearby Moss Point several Disciples families suffered
damage to their homes. WOC gave a grant of $2,500 to Gulfport First
Church and $1,500 to Moss Point First Church.
Church World Service efforts support other interfaith
Congregations and individuals can assist through:
* Contributions to WOC to support the church's relief and recovery
efforts, many of which will last for some time.
* Supplying "Gifts of the Heart" recovery kits to Church World
Service. Especially needed are health, cleanup and school kits.
* Sending cleanup work teams to the damaged areas immediately or
planning to send a team sometime in the next year.
* Prayers for partners in the Caribbean and along the Gulf Coast.
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