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Update from the Bahamas

Rev. Tom Olney, the District’s Disaster Relief Coordinator, is currently in Nassau, Bahamas and wanted to give an update on what is happening.  Below are bullet points of what he knows at this moment:

-  The Stadium in Nassau is currently housing an estimated 1000 evacuees, of which 300 are children.  Access is restricted because of a scabies outbreak/quarantine.
-  700 people still officially listed as missing with many more not listed.
-  Many evacuees are now being housed in small numbers with family and friends, causing financial and social strains.
-  15 orphans from Freeport are now at Chapel on the Hill’s school.This is a Gospel opportunity as most students and families are not connected to any church.The school recently received a monetary gift which allowed each displaced student to receive $100.
-  Transportation is a challenge due to the lack of van or bus.Local rentals are more expensive especially on the weekend
-  There will be an outreach event Saturday night (11/23) that will be hosting 15 displaced families that Kemp Road Alliance Church is currently hosting, Yellow Elder neighborhood children, Chapel on the Hill children, neighborhood children, and children from the stadium shelter.
-  Sunday (11/24) is friends and family outreach at Chapel on the Hill.A check from The Alliance Southeast will be presented to the congregation to help with already spent recovery efforts.
-  Neighborhood Alliance Church, Longwood, FL has packed 100 shoe-boxes of toys for refugee children in Nassau.

If you, your church, or someone you know would be interested in donating a 15-passenger van(s), please contact Tom Olney ( 




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