Thank you so much for your prayers and support during Hurricane Matthew. Below you will find an excerpt of the latest update from Dan Irvine as well as the link to the full report.
"The storm shifted slightly to the west, but that slight deviation kept some of the storm's rage centered over the windward passage. It seems obvious that God answered the prayers of his people for mercy. There is significant damage, but not as much loss of life as expected, given the size and intensity of this storm. There is great loss to people's gardens, animals, and personal belongings.
On the island of La Gonave [where the Wesleyan hospital is located and several Global Partners missionaries are stationed] perhaps a third of the houses in the Saline community are standing full of water right now. In the Southwest District we have many rural mountain churches. I expect they will report significant losses. [Right now we know that] we have several churches in the south which will need roofs.
We want to begin by focusing on humanitarian distributions to families for basic needs. We also will need water filters and hygiene kits in the initial response. In time, we will also want to help with building repair costs for churches. It will be at least several days before dollar amounts for church repairs can be determined. The Bainet church roof alone may cost $40,000, because it's an enormous building.
No doubt there will be many losses as we get reports from all areas after the storm passes. Our leaders are going to the southern region as soon as the road is open. There is a bridge washed out and it will be several days before the rivers are crossable."