Here's another nice update from Michael Albary from Man O War.
Location: Man O War Cay, Abaco
Today is Sunday, the second Sunday post hurricane
. The island will gather today for our second church service
after being blessed with the gift of life. We will take advantage of the opportunity to worship and once again thank our Savior and Protector.
MUCH has been accomplished in this week, too much to tell, but a few.
Settlement roads are clear, more containers off loaded and sorted, School
and church dried in to accommodate the sorted items coming off of the barge, restaurant served it's first meal, island project
ordinator is in place and working hard, More diesel
and gas being imported almost daily, A few more residents returning home, Some shelters for volunteers complete, Many more homes dried in with tarps or better. Some home roof repairs
complete, Several more boats launched repaired and running including one G and L Ferry
One of our biggest blessings of the week was the arrival of Samaritan's Purse. Franklin Graham's daughter and son-in-law were on the island with a team to encourage us and make plans moving forward. They will be working with us and hopefully accomplish some wonderful things. We hope to have assessment people on the island this week.
Several other important and very capable groups have also been in discussions with us and we hope to have small groups of volunteers on island by end of week or 1st of next week.
A reliable source of diesel
and gas conveniently located should be in place in 2 weeks or less. ( It's going to be hard to get used to paying for gas again : ))) So far man of war has been a Cash less community and total volunteer labor force.
Not bad for a week that also included a storm passing near us with lots of rain : )))
Our needs now are shifting to building material. Man O War's very own Kent Bethel of Island Construction is in Florida
doing an incredible job of sourcing quality material and consolidating same. We now desperately need funding
for this specific material and help with barging costs to get it here. Hopefully a regular freighting service between West Palm and Marsh Harbour will start which will reduce the shipping
cost. If you can help with this current
need we would be so appreciative.
There are so many of you doing so much it's difficult to even keep track of all the individuals that are working together, I dare not call names.
Once again our island would like to thank each and every one of you for helping and blessing us. With your help we will soon be in a position to help our other brothers and sisters in Abaco
God bless you.