Bahamas- Day 6
Today we continued the process of filling water bottles for anyone who comes to see us. One family that stopped by had 4 children in the car. It did occur to us that we haven’t seen very many children on the island. I’ve attached a picture below of two of the boys who helped us fill bottles. They are brothers, Lotario and Reuben, who attended school at the location we are stationed. Lotario is 11 years old and was headed into 6th grade when the storm hit. Reuben is 8 and going into 3rd grade. We gave them candy and asked about their experience during the hurricane. Lotario got quiet and said, “I almost died.” A piece of Sheetrock collapsed from the ceiling and landed on his back, trapping him under it. The roof ripped apart and rain and floodwaters poured into their home. They eventually were able to get out of the house through a broken window. While we spoke with them, they were happy and goofy, each bragging about who could run fastest. Of course, we had to challenge them to race each other and prove once and for all who was the winner!
We also met an elderly pastor and his wife who were just returning to begin the cleanup. We talked about how, in tragedy, people seek the church. It’s not enough just to go to service, but you must have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He offered great words of encouragement to us, but we could tell he was carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders. We prayed with and for him and his wife that they will find peace and comfort in Christ during this time and beyond.
We are all staying healthy and working hard to provide water to those in need (and there is a lot of need). Thank you for praying for this team. Please pray specifically for the children affected by this storm. Children are stronger than we sometimes give them credit. Pray that they can continue their education while the schools are being rebuilt. Pray that they can still find time to be kids.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Daybreak’s Hurricane Dorian Team
Ben Hanes and Ryan Moore