Everyone knew the solution was temporary. Ultimately, Dominica needed to rebuild the churches, and they needed help. Maarten, and the U. After the meeting and an initial visit to the islands, Maranatha committed to help Dominica, which is among the hardest hit areas. This will be the second time Maranatha assists in reconstruction efforts in Dominica. In the s, Maranatha helped to rebuild schools and homes after Hurricane David, a deadly storm, wrecked the country in Nearly four decades later, Maranatha is coming back.
In December and January , Maranatha went to Dominica to assess the devastation and map out a plan. We have been serving the community—providing a place of refuge, a place of worship, a place where people can fellowship. A place where we can minister to our society. Months after Hurricane Maria, most of Dominica is still without power.
The streets are cleared of debris, but there are plenty of rock slides and collapsed roads. People have organized piles of twisted metal to be picked up for recycling. Almost every home is covered with blue tarp because new roofs are difficult to come by. As for the churches, people are making do with what they have. Chairs flow into the kitchen, the hallways, and out the front and back doors. The Beryl Church, built in , is gone.
In Dominica, Recovery is Still A Challenge
It sat atop a hilltop on the northeastern side of Dominica, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its beautiful location left it vulnerable to the savage winds, and three out of the four concrete walls toppled over in the night.
Further north is the Woodford Hill community. Their church lost its roof, and rain ruined everything in the building, including audio-visual equipment. Ultimately, the building was compromised, and it must be torn down. Fifty people gather in the remaining basement each week, where water seeps through the ceiling and drips on the members during worship.
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In the west, the Tarreau church was obliterated. What remains is a red slab. The congregation now worships under a canopy. In the south, the Boetica church lost two walls and all their pews. The small congregation has dispersed to homes for worship.
In Dominica, Recovery is Still A Challenge
In the east, the Carib Territory church is without a roof, windows, or doors. This is where people find relief, especially now…this is where people find encouragement to go on. Stories like this are plentiful, but at this point Maranatha cannot help them all. However, if the situation is a good fit for what Maranatha can offer, the work will start this year. Already, a volunteer group is scheduled to work on the Beryl church in May, and other teams are lining up to help.
Patricia Honore stands in the middle of her church, which was destroyed by the hurricane. In the last two years, Dominica has been going through a time of tribulation due to weather-related disasters. In August , tropical storm Erica dumped an estimated inches of water on land that was already saturated from previous rains. Subsequently, Dominica suffered catastrophic flooding and mudslides. Multiple people were killed. Now, Dominica faces another threat. Hurricane season, which starts in June, is looming.
Locals say thousands of people have left Dominica to live somewhere else. People have given up on the country. Some Adventists that Maranatha spoke with have a different take. They, too, suffered loss, but they cling to a greater hope found in Jesus. Patricia Honore is a member of the Woodford Hill Church. On the night of the hurricane, she and her family were hiding in a storeroom under her house.
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