A Word of Thanks for Abundant Generosity
A note from Bishop Suarez and Michele Hilton (10/2019)
Whew! We don’t think we have written our names as many times as we did recently in personally signing over 200 – that’s right! – over 200 thank yous to people who sent donations for the Hurricane Dorian Disaster in the month of September! And donations are still coming in!
Not only do we have almost 100 % participation from the congregations of the synod, but many people in Florida who aren’t connected to any congregation also sent in donations. We also received financial gifts from Arizona, California, Connecticut, DC, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, New jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming!
Many congregations sent specific supplies to Holy Spirit, Juno Beach or to the Synod House–like the handmade quilts from Apostles in Brandon and the health kits that Luther Springs will be collecting.
We thank God for all of the resources shared to assist in the recovery in the Bahamas.
Most recoveries take 3–5 years (no, that’s not a typo), and we know it will be a longer road in Freeport. Please know your gifts will continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus for the congregation of Our Savior Lutheran and the community it serves.
The Recovery Team will be planning our long term strategy in the days and weeks ahead. Look for more stories. And please–keep the Recovery Teams and the people of the Bahamas in your prayers.