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Hurricane Maria Update
God’s house and people up the hill withstood Maria’s fierce winds. The building sustained some minor damage. The wooden cross was knocked down. The Church signs were damaged. We had flooding in the classrooms and the sanctuary. Some of the Sunday School curriculum was destroyed by the flooding. We had a couple of broken windows and plenty of trees are down. The wind turbine was lowered and should be up again when the island’s grid comes back. In additional to helping members and island family, we’ve also been reaching out to St. Thomas and St. John through the St Thomas Reformed Church.
Please join us the first Sunday of the month for Communion Sunday. The worship service will start at 11:30am.
Support Our Ministry! Contribute Online Now via NetworkForGood.org. This handy link is being used by members, and far-flung friends of the congregation to support our ministry.
Click the donate now online button as seen above. It will take you to the Network for Good page. You can then donate online to The St Croix Reformed Church. You can designate a specific purpose for your donation if you’d like.
The church suffered some damage during Hurricane Maria. We will use these donations to fix the Church, fix the generator, and to contribute to local missions such as My Brother’s Table.
Thank you for your support.
This might be my last post for a while. Looks like Maria is still coming our way. I wanted to write about all of the wonderful things that happened yesterday as countless volunteers continued to give and serve. I’ll send pictures of the wood donations being handed out, the meals being served at MBW, and the groceries and supplies being distributed at our church. I know over 200 families were given supplies enough for a couple of days. Bright spots of course are the children and yesterday we were serenaded by two of our younger volunteers. UPS even got in on the action donating one of their trucks for us to move supplies. Thank you UPS and the Salvation Army for working out those details. The most wonderful blessing was opening a pallet in that big 40 foot container and finding boxes of supplies from Ponce Puerto Rico all decorated and hand signed with prayers and blessings. Many of the cans were labeled with a heart sending their love. For those of you who don’t know Ponce is where our XYG youth group served on their mission trip last year. The blessings have now come full circle. “Cast your bread upon the waters and it will come back to you.” -Ecclesiastes 11:1
We truly appreciate all the prayers and support that you have been sending our way. We are now keeping our brothers and sisters on St. Croix and Puerto Rico and all the neighboring islands in our prayers as Maria moves through in the next couple of days. I am optimistic because I have faith in God and in the ability of God’s faithful people to endure trials and tribulations. I wish I could say things were great here but they are not and so many people are suffering. We will continue to do what we can to get relief supplies into the hands of those who need it the most. (As a reminder you can give financial donations on our website and through our app or by sending a check which will all go into our Irma relief fund. Financial supplies will help the most long term. Please do not send us clothes!!!)
I thank everyone on the outside who has been working diligently to assist us in this time of great need.
The wind turbine was lowered today in advance of Hurricane Maria. It’s the first time it has been lowered for a storm in the 5+ years of operation. We had phone call assistance from Jeff Cabrera, a key from Roy Fern and muscle from Stan Joines, Jeffrey Turk, and Don Bailey.
We appreciate your prayers for safety but don’t pray for the hurricane to shift somewhere else. That would just send it to St Thomas which already has enough trouble.
I took a Sabbath from posting on Facebook yesterday. We celebrated our Sabbath with worship in our sanctuary, people sat in the pews along side food and supplies that have been pouring in. Dozens of volunteers helped out after worship doing more runs for more supplies, stocking pews, cleaning up around church and making sure our neighbors were taken care of. The Salvation Army has received two semi trucks full of supplies and we are offloading those into our sanctuary. We will receive another large shipment from Puerto Rico again today and are set to share all of these supplies with anyone who comes today to ask. Our goal is to have people set for the next couple of days as we are now preparing for another storm. For those of you who were here this past summer and enjoyed our Broadway sermon series, I already have our off island summer camp staff ready for next summer’s performance of the Sound of Music, “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” Hopefully by next summer that will be appropriately humorous. Right now we are all very concerned and appreciate your prayers and support. We are also now distributing supplies to Seaview adult Home where conditions are worsening. Thank you Kim BourneVaneck for your stellar work in caring for all of those residents.
In the afternoon, I was blessed to be able to lead worship at our hospital in the lobby area. The hospital staff doctors and nurses are holding on by a thin wire and trying to attend to the patients through the emergency room in a badly damaged facility. Many are working 24 hour shifts. Thank you Tina Comissiong for the invitation to lead worship there yesterday and for all you and the staff are doing to keep our hospital functioning. Dr. Mark Livingston also attended to patients after worship in our Lower learning center. These are just a few of the things people are doing to help and to care and to love our neighbors. It is truly inspiring! I am very proud and happy to be part of a church with so many resources and such a desire to care for their community. The well is deep when we draw from Christ’s living water!
I share with you a screenshot from my iPhone reminders. This is my only reminder, one that I leave on my phone all the time. I share it as a reminder to all of you wherever you are, whatever you are doing, whatever you are facing… Pray!