On September 6 and 19, 2017, category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria left the U. S. Virgin Islands in a state of utter destruction, leaving survivors in desperate need of bare essentials like food, water, and shelter. The infrastructure- major buildings, hospitals, power grids, schools, communications, airports, and much more- has been critically damaged, and it will take years for this place that most call the American Paradise to resemble its innate beauty.
The people of the U. S. Virgin Islands have begun the hard work of putting their lives back together and rebuilding a future for their families. That is where Freedom by the Word has committed to help.
To assist in the rebuilding efforts, Freedom by the Word has developed a program that identifies families in need and provides financial assistance to help them get items needed for normal everyday living, such as clothing, baby items, lanterns, batteries, furniture, housing accessories, medical supplies, and more. Children are also in need of school supplies as many have lost these items in the storms.
Read the true hurricane survival stories below of some of the families we are already helping.
You can help today, first by keeping these families in your prayers, and then by making a tax-deductible donation to help us service their many needs. Let’s help carry the burdens of others… Let’s help the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands rebuild.
Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love]. Galatians 6:2 (AMP)
As an EMT, Shawn was required to be on hand to serve the community as it faced Hurricane Irma. He was stationed on one island while his wife and family were left to face the storm alone at his home on another island. After the storm passed and with communication destroyed, he was stranded where he was and unable to hear from his family or about their welfare for several days. He was finally able to get air-lifted back to his home, and thankfully, his family survived. However, his home sustained significant roof damage and flooding. Tending to the needs of his family, however, has been challenging for this EMT as he makes himself available to serve his community in crisis.
As an elderly widow for several years, Linda loves encouraging and praying for others. However, she found herself alone in her home during Hurricane Irma. When the 180+ mph winds took her roof, she was exposed to all the wind, rain, and dangerous flying debris for quite some time before finding shelter with her neighbors. When the winds ended, Linda found the contents of her home, what she could find, wet and destroyed. She is staying with friends until she can receive assistance.
Sabrina is a young grandmother who, even before the storms, could be described as a rather determined overcomer. This domestic abuse survivor prepared her family for hurricane Irma as best she could and hunkered down in her home with her son and small grandchildren. However, during the height of the storm, Irma took her roof, and she watched as the walls also began to crumble. Exposed to the elements, she and her family survived in a closet with only a mattress to protect them. They have lost everything and she is also in need of diabetic supplies.