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An Update from the Dominican Republic

October 11, 2017

Even though it was just over two weeks ago, the devastation from Hurricane Maria seems to be long forgotten by so many – except for those still digging out, cleaning up, and trying to figure out their next steps. Although our friends with 2nd Mile Missions in Bavaro, Dominican Republic did not experience the devastation that people in Puerto Rico experienced, they did take on severe winds and flooding that damaged the church, school, House of Hope, and many homes in the nearby village of Monte Verde. 

Here is an update from Nancy Wildman

It was my first experience. I have been through tornadoes, an earthquake and even a tidal wave in Hawaii. But, I have never experienced a hurricane and hope I don’t have to ever again. If I learned one thing during the long night of howling 100 mile per hour winds, it was to have a new respect for the power of God. I realized that the fierce wind that could snap trees, destroy homes and churn the ocean waves was just a whisper of God’s power. It was a humbling, and scary, experience.

Many people offered prayers for our safety which we are so thankful for. Many people have also asked about the consequences of the storm and wondered how they could help. After spending some time evaluating the devastation we so thankful that there was not one life lost. The damages are repairable and we know it could have been so much worse.

We will be raising money to help pay for the repairs of the church, school and House of Hope. If you would like to help please go to the link to view more information and some photos of the devastation. We lost many trees and some playground equipment. A few roofs and fences need repaired. The church tent was totally destroyed so we are helping to create a new temporary meeting space until a more permanent building can be built.

We thank you for your continued prayers and concerns. We know God has a purpose for everything and believe that God’s power and purpose can be fulfilled sometimes better through the storms of our lives.

For more details on the damage, as well as being able to help with repairs, go to the 2nd Mile Missions Hurricane Relief Fund page. And please continue to pray for our missions partners as they experience these setbacks and hardships throughout their ministry.

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