Hurricane Maria

Thanks for your prayers for our members in harm’s way in the recent hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. We continue to receive updates and will pass them along as we do. Below is an update from Daphne Vidal concerning our members in the Caribbean Island of Dominica.

Our thanks to the prayer warriors who have been lifting us up in prayer during and following Hurricane Maria. Our members in Dominica, which was devastated by Maria, are all fine, though five families lost their roofs and others sustained other forms of property damage. Because communications have not been fully restored, we have not been able to reach some of our members, but we know all have survived.

Dominica’s air and seaports are now open, which will allow us to receive relief supplies sent by our churches in Barbados and Grenada. We also are encouraged by the community spirit here as people have pulled together to clear roads and help one another otherwise.

Please continue to lift us up in prayer as the rebuilding has only just begun. The psychological impact of Maria on Dominicans is also something to pray about.


GCI Disaster Relief Fund

The GCI Disaster Relief Fund provides members in disaster areas with emergency needs such as food, water, medicine, clothing, temporary housing, home and/or church hall repairs, temporary local pastoral salary expenses and other emergency needs. Monies received into the Fund that are not immediately needed will remain in the Fund to be allocated in future disasters. In previous years, money from the Fund was used to help members recover from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, storms and flooding in Bangladesh, an earthquake and tsunami in the Solomon Islands, typhoons in the Philippines and an earthquake in Haiti. If your congregation would like to donate to the Fund, your treasurer can set up a one-time or monthly donation through the GCI-Online system (http://online.gci.org) by logging in and clicking on Donate under the Manage tab. If your congregation prefers to send a check, make it out to Grace Communion International, indicating on the memo line that the donation is for the GCI Disaster Relief Fund. The donation should be sent to:

GCI Disaster Relief Fund
Grace Communion International
P.O Box 5005
Glendora, California 91740