The second devastating storm to hit the Caribbean this hurricane season - the first being category five Irma earlier in September, Hurricane Maria has left Puerto Rico without power and facing many serious issues.
Despite extensive damage to transportation and communications infrastructure, EFCA ReachGlobal Crisis Response, the EFCA Southeast District and the ReachGlobal Latin America/Caribbean Division are coordinating with local partners and churches to assist in their response efforts.
An elder from the Church Without Walls (EFCA), located in Rincón, Puerto Rico, reported:
"Everything was horrible but, glory to God, the church members are fine (assuming our one elder that lives very remote, is okay). All of the houses of the members of the church have damage. The church support structures disappeared completely. We only have one of the small side buildings left but it's roof is not to be found. We have no electricity, no water, and no easy forms of communication. We know that you were praying for us."
Church Without Walls (EFCA) before Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico.
Church Without Walls (EFCA) after the devastation of Hurricane Maria hit Rincón, Puerto Rico.
Pastor Jules, with another church partner near San Juan, wrote, “Today we have a worship and prayer service. We are still taking inventory of the storms effects on the church family, but are also reaching out to churches in other areas. We have distributed supplies to some of the hardest hit barrios and a refugee center.”
Given our long-term approach to crisis, we are committed to working alongside Church Without Walls, and focusing immediate efforts on raising funds for the significant needs that will extend for years.
However, because the full impact of the storm is so devastating, and travel within the country is limited as a result of damaged infrastructure, there is no plan for immediate mobilization of service teams.
Join the response efforts
- For the safety of those impacted by Hurricane Maria.
- For churches and families affected by this hurricane as they face the uncertainty of what lies ahead.
- For local ministry partners to share Christ's love to those hurting and discernment in responding to needs following the storm.
- For EFCA leadership as they assess the storm's impact and determine next steps.
Invest financially to help the families affected by this hurricane and ongoing Crisis Response outreach by giving online or mail a check to:
901 East 78th Street
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Designate the check with the memo: Hurricane Response — 39696
For more information and details on how you can help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because of the multiple natural disasters, the Crisis Response team is spread thin. Crisis Response is looking for individuals interested in serving as a part of our response team for the longer term. Email email@example.com to learn more about these opportunities.
The mission of EFCA ReachGlobal Crisis Response
We exist to develop, empower and release the Body of Christ to share His love in times of crisis for multiplying transformational churches among all people.
To advance this mission, Crisis Response seeks to aid in the development and transformation of:
- Local churches as they will be in the community long after the crisis ends.
- Homeowners in the affected areas, who can then transform their neighborhoods.
- Volunteers as they take what they have learned home to affect their own churches and communities with the gospel message.