The Deliverance Baptist Church, in collaboration with partner churches in the United States, delivered one hundred and ten (110) care relief packages to the villages of Coulibistrie and Colihaut on Thursday 3 September 2015.
The packages, which contained dried goods and water, were donated in an effort to bring relief to those affected by Tropical Storm Erika. In addition, over fifty (50) pairs of shoes were donated.
Pastor of the Deliverance Baptist Church, David Serrant informed Dominica Vibes that the church has been trying to alleviate the stress of the situation following the passing of the storm.
“On Sunday the 30th of August we delivered a number of packages to the Roseau Primary School where the people from Bath Estate who were affected are now being housed and we were able to present them with a number of food packages”.
Serrant further stated that the food items which were delivered to Coulibistrie and Colihaut were all purchased locally and in the coming days the church will reach out to more communities to be a blessing to them.
“We see this as an opportunity to express the love of Jesus especially to those who are in need at this moment”.
He informed that while the first part of the donations were funded by the church, majority of the funds are coming from friends in the United States who saw the devastation of the storm.
Pastor Serrant said the Church, which has been instrumental in sourcing international donors and churches to help construct homes for those in need; this is the perfect opportunity to turn this into a long term project.
“We are foreseeing a number of problems. Many of the persons who lost their homes do not have land any more and I am not sure if the authorities are going to allow them to build where they were,” he noted.
“There is going to be quite a bit of relocation taking place, however we want to position ourselves that when we get the go ahead and people are able, that we will be there to assist as we have been doing in the past,” the Pastor explained.
He said the Church sympathizes and empathizes with those who suffered lost to family members, loved ones and property.
“There is fear and uncertainty of the future residing in the hearts of many persons. I want to offer a word of hope to them by saying all is not lost, out of the ashes they can rise and God is able to make something better out of them,” Pastor Dave encouraged.