New life amongst the destruction.
19 February 2020 | Marsh Harbor
Gail Gordon | sunny and calm
Good morning friends ,
Life continues, as the island is uniting with love for each other. The NGO’s on the island along with the many individuals who have come and keep coming have been a life line to the community. The help and donations from around the world is overwhelming. Continued hope from the depth of the heart and hands is not going unnoticed. No act of giving is too small and none is to large. When you look in to the eyes you see the soul. The strength of those who are here speaks of the power of love.
Misty Christi …..These past two days have been a wonderful time with a team of awesome people that love God and serve hard. And it is needed. The devastation here is very significant. The people that are still here are weary, but you see them light up when they know you care. I have loved praying with the Haitian women, and I have loved getting tired and pulling nails out of shingles. Tomorrow is another day. Can’t wait!
Jumping Jeff... We have seen incredible devastation from terrible hurricane Dorian, that slammed Marsh Harbor with a 26’ storm surge down its main street and beyond. Our new Bahamian friend Lydia, told us many jaw dropping stories of how those fortunate ones made it and how nearly 1200 people she knows of are unaccounted for at this time. Since the storm, her tireless work has been felt by many people in need. Unicef, Samaritans Purse and other large disaster relief groups all have funneled many of their resources through Lydia at New Vision Church. World Kitchen has served over 2 million meals in the effected areas of the Bahamas. Each day they cook and distribute food to strategic pick up points to feed workers and those on the islands. The human spirit is tested in times like these, as the local people here slowly climb out of their despair, each with their own story to tell of their own experience through the storm. Our presence here is to help rebuild in our own little way, but the power of these hurricanes has left an impression on all of us that won’t be forgotten.
Lady Dia, Diana & Jessee Scott Nature Boy ! - We’re watching the sun go down after a full day serving in any way that is needed. We’ve met many amazing people, and hearing each of their Dorian stories is heartbreaking. A little girl we met today said she “was swimming” … as in swimming from house to house searching for shelter with her family. Pastor and his wife finally found shelter in a truck, where they waited an entire night with their dog as the truck was tossed around. Lydia watched as her neighbor’s house was picked up and moved. But after they finish sharing their stories they aways end with a “but God is good” and you can hear the hope in their voices. We’re so grateful we can be here to help encourage and serve in our small ways!
Fancy Nancy - This is my first mission trip and it is the first of my new chapter in my life to go deeper with God and expand my faith in Christ. I have walked though the fear of the unknown which has given me a new boldness in serving him though this experience. My heart has been touched seeing the brokenness of others. Our presence of being here is helping give them a sense of hope and a bright future. We are here to help restore and rebuild lives in many ways, letting them know that they are not alone. I want to thank God for opening up the door and Blue Water Surrender for giving me the opportunity to serve His Kingdom.
Handy Randy - New life amongst the destruction. Before coming on this trip I had an idea of the amount of destruction. But I had not realized the extent of the damage there is especially on the waterfront. What most impressed me was the resilience of the Bahamian people. Seeing their spirit persevere, pushing past the destruction with faith of better days to come has touched my heart. At this point after a week of being here, I am feeling a bit conflicted, whether to remain and help with the relief effort or to go back home to be with my family. The thought of being home with all the comforts of home is a bit disturbing while thinking about the hard ship of those in the Abaco’s and what they are going through. I also realize that this is their home and the importance of their lives no matter what the circumstances are, you want to remain in your community and rebuild. People and family matter and life will eventual return to normal, currently it is a new normal amongst the rubble.
Captain Ted, Steady Teddy is a steady hand at the helm, our calm cucumber is guiding the ship in the moment and can’t talk right now!
gg - The captain's Lady, Gale Warning! - I am grateful to have this opportunity to serve this area. My husband Captain Ted and I served with the Boy Scouts of America at Bahama Sea Base High Adventure Camp on the sea of Abaco for many years. Last night we were united with two of our Sea Base Captains who weathered the storm here on the island. Both have lost their ships to the sea but have brought them up from the abyss. They spent the storm in a bathtub in Treasure Village as roofs were bing blown off, hunkered down in a bathtub. Prayer was their anchor. The rebuilding of their boats means the rebuilding of their lives. Captain Simon is determined to sail “ Observation “ on the sea again. While Captain Davie sold Lazy Days for $1 and is happy to walk away for a time. So many have lost their homes and means of making a living. With no insurance starting over after mid life is a challenge. People are resilient and their quest for life is strong. Many are ready to just move on while others you can see and feel the pain in their eyes and heart. Many have lost loved ones to the storm in heart breaking ways. One finds them self powerless in such a horrific storm by the force of the elements. The only thing you can do is to pray and trust in a loving God, who is good all the time despite what one sees with their eyes and experiences in a time of destruction. Families are separated. Many have come back to the island but work is sparse. The need for distributions centers is still necessary. At the same time to rebuild the economy is integral to the health of the island, it is a hard call on what is the next step. The government and the large NGO’s are faced with a monumental challenge on how to aid and truly help the people. It is important that all pitch in as an individual and work united with all. A divided house will fall. This is a great test of mans heart.
When you look at the book of revelations and look at the state of the world today God is seen and destruction is seen. We have a choice to make on which Kingdom we will serve. Christ is King.Thank you for your support to this mission. We are one big human family, what you give makes a difference as we all need each other.