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  • Samaritan’s Purse in the Bahama’s Reminds Us: Christians Ain’t All Bad

    Surge Summary: While much of the world keeps griping about the supposedly poisonous influence of Christians in the word, Christ-honoring organizations like Samaritan’s Purse are helping the needy around the world – including right now for Bahamanians slammed by Hurricane Dorian.

    Check out the latest updates from the folks at Samaritan’s Purse and try to keep telling yourself: “The Church is a problem on the earth, the Church is a problem on the earth, the Church is a problem on the earth …”.

    SAMARITAN’S PURSE WILL BE RESPONDING IN THE BAHAMAS AND IN THE UNITED STATES.

    Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is primed and ready to send tons of emergency relief to the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas aboard its DC-8 aircraft as soon as possible. The craft’s cargo will include an international relief team to facilitate the distribution of critically needed items, emergency shelter material, household water filters, and two community filtration units that turn saltwater into drinking water (desalination units), plastic/tarp, and other items.

    More than an additional dozen disaster response team specialists are scheduled be on their way to the troubled islands.

    “Samaritan’s Purse has been watching and preparing to respond to Hurricane Dorian. We are loading our DC-8 with supplies that we plan to take down as soon as the storm clears, and it’s safe to land,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Families in the Bahamas are suffering and millions of others are bracing for Dorian’s impact as the storm continues to move. Please join me in praying for everyone affected by this hurricane, and for our teams as we respond in Jesus’ Name.”

    Hurricane Dorian made multiple landfalls across the Bahamas on Sept. 1, packing sustained winds of 185 mph, with gusts up to 225 mph. Devastated locations include the Abaco Islands (Elbow Cay and Marsh Harbour) and Grand Bahama. More than 13,000 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

    The storm plowed through the Caribbean archipelago, perhaps the fiercest storm to ever hit the islands. At its full strength, Dorian has been 2019’s strongest storm so far.

    States of emergency have been declared and mandatory evacuation orders have been given for parts of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. …

    As Hurricane Dorian continues to churn at ferocious speeds in the Atlantic, Samaritan’s Purse is busy preparing a response on two fronts. Work is underway to bring help soon to the Bahamas, and U.S. disaster relief personnel are positioned to respond quickly after the storm’s assault on the continental United States.

    The National Hurricane Center has labeled Dorian an “extremely dangerous” storm. It’s predicted to affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas with high winds, rain, and strong storm surge mid to late week. Samaritan’s Purse is poised to help with disaster relief units to hard-hit communities in those regions as well.

    Additionally, once permitted into effected areas,

    volunteer teams will assist with clearing debris and downed trees, tarping roofs, and cleaning out flooded U.S. homes. In addition to disaster relief units (stocked tractor trailers), supply trailers and heavy equipment are also on standby.

    By the way, Samaritan’s Purse already has been pitching in for almost a year in the Florida Panhandle. Residents there are still recovering from the destruction of 2018’s Category 5 Hurricane Michael. Following an initial disaster relief effort, Samaritan’s Purse teams remain on the ground repairing and rebuilding homes.

    And so, the planet is reminded once more of the viciousness of the Christian church – despite centuries of hospital and orphanage building, charitable works feeding the poor and caring for the needy, raising up schools and universities and humanitarian endeavors (Samaritan’s Purse is just one example) we can be assured that the people of “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16) who follow Jesus are actually a menace, making people’s lives more burdensome and blighted.

    Oh. Wait …

    Pray for people in the Southeast who will be affected to varying degrees depending on Dorian’s size, strength, and track.

    SUPPORT

    Hurricane Relief Samaritan’s Purse responds to the urgent needs of families devastated by the wind, rain, and storm surge of catastrophic hurricanes. Whether in the United States or abroad, we come alongside hurting people to bring emergency relief and practical help in the Name of Jesus Christ.

    To Contribute to Samaritan’s Purse’s efforts in the Bahama’s go here.

    H/T: SamaritansPurse.org

    Image: Screen Shot; Public Domain; https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOES/sector_band.php?sat=G16&sector=eus&band=GEOCOLOR&length=96


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