Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, but the devastation lingers on. The storm left millions in the US without electricity and heat; families are scrambling for basic necessities; and homes have been burned down, flooded, and looted.
The storm has affected the Caribbean, too: Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba. Covenant World Relief (CWR) recently shared an update from the Haiti Christian Development Fund who has been working on an agriculture project in Haiti:
A lot of those farms were coming to maturity as hurricane Sandy hit. The millet and beans were still far from being ready. The corn stocks were just being formed. The wind blew both corn and millets down and washed away the beans. Now rats and dogs are eating the just formed corn stalks…As a hurricane it came upon us almost unexpectedly…There has not been a similar storm in terms of wind force and rain in the last 30 years.
Covenant churches in affected areas have reported damages in their communities:
Members of St. Peter’s Covenant Church removed about 18 inches of water even though the church was without power, said Pastor Jim Fox. Bucks County, where the church is located, has 180,000 customers without power – the most outages in the state, Fox added. Despite the widespread outages, power also remained on at [Fox’s] house, so neighbors were invited to eat meals and take showers.
The response to the destruction and havoc has been great: the Red Cross has set up shelters and delivered food and water throughout affected communities; many local organizations are gathering provisions; individuals have set up Amazon registries to collect supplies from people across the nation; and millions of dollars have been donated for relief efforts.
Covenant World Relief is working with the East Coast Conference to provide aid to affected communities. You can donate to CWR through their website. The Covenant church has reported on Twitter that the East Coast Conference will be matching donations made to CWR, up to $25,000.
If you would like to donate to the Red Cross you can do so on their website or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10.
The Amazon registry for Hurricane Sandy survivors can be found here.
If you would like to share any other ways to give aid, please leave a comment below.
We pray for all those affected by Hurricane Sandy: prayer for safety and health, and prayer for strength and perseverance during the long road to recovery that lies ahead.