In the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the Southeastern Conference took immediate action by spearheading relief efforts. As conditions stabilized on the affected islands of the Bahamas, Prince Lewis, Southeastern youth director, galvanized 20 missionaries on a mission trip. From October 27 to November 3, 2019, the team was stationed in Freeport, Bahamas, providing much needed aid and support.
Urgently, the Conference shipped seven containers of goods and supplies to the region. For three days the team worked at a local warehouse, unloading containers from trucks and sorting items for distribution. Committed volunteers packed food and water for the church community and those in dire need of supplies. Toiletries, non-perishable goods, and essential commodities filled bins. More than 230 boxes and care packages were distributed to families affected by the storm.
Southeastern provided physical and spiritual enrichment. The group of missionaries conducted Wednesday night prayer meeting and Sabbath worship on the island. Sabbath services were held at Freeport Bahamas Church, where Lewis delivered the sermon. A week of prayer followed at the Grand Bahama Academy. During school hours, sessions were led by Alex Madrid, campus minister. Counseling services were also made available for church and academy members, as many continue to cope with the traumatic effects of the devastating storm.
Amid vast destruction, Southeastern provided a ray of joy and comfort for those living in seemingly hopeless conditions. From the worship services to the care packages filled with love, God’s grace was felt in a palpable way. Burdened with loss and a great desire to alleviate despair, Lewis and the team of missionaries were the hands and feet of Jesus, spreading hope and the Good News of the Gospel.
Southeastern | January 2020