Good morning, friends, from Post Falls, Idaho, where I am with the pastoral leaders of ABC of the Northwest for a conference. It is unbelievably beautiful in this part of the country.
I just received a phone call from the office of Roberto Dieppa-Diaz, Interim Executive Minister of ABC Puerto Rico. The leadership wanted to convey their appreciation for all of the prayers and expressions of support they have received since Hurricane Maria devastated their island. Today (9/25/2017), they are holding a meeting to continue the damage assessment process they have undertaken, and have asked that visits by volunteers to the island be delayed at this point until that assessment is complete and conditions on the ground are in better shape. Specifically, the government needs to make the island safer for visitors by clearing roads, restoring electricity, opening ports and ensuring the supply of gasoline. When the Convention’s damage assessment collection is complete, we will receive their report on how to come alongside them in rebuilding the churches, homes and lives of our brothers and sisters as well as their communities. I assured them of our solidarity, support, prayers and love. At this time, it is vital that our churches across the country prepare for this unprecedented relief effort by making donations to One Great Hour of Sharing.
Together, we can make a difference!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA