Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Puerto Rico and South Florida

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dear Friends,

This is a long email.  I wanted this to be in the words of the people in Puerto Rico.  Dr. Johnny Daniels’ gave ORH this report:

The college was destroyed.  The day school is intact, but the roof was badly damaged by the winds and as much as 6 inches of water flooded the school rooms from the damaged roof.  Almost all the school rooms have been compromised.  The church roof also was damaged and water came in the building damaging the inside of the church.

Dr. Daniels says he needs these things.

  1. Dr. Daniels needs $8000.00 per classroom to restore his Christian School (This must happen as quickly as possible.)
  2. Dr. Daniels purchased a 500 KW generator for $55,000.00.  After paying a deposit of $10,000.00, he now needs $45,000.00 to complete the purchase and shipment costs of the generator.  He has received about half the needed funds.  This money is needed immediately.
  3. Dr. Daniels needs work teams to strip out his buildings.  He can house10 workers per week.  The workers must be self-sustained.  These workers do not need to be skilled laborers.

We are waiting to hear from others on the island. 

Pray for Puerto Rico Bible College.  Pastor Doug Cowan, chairman of the board, spoke with me on the phone about the school.  There is much need at the ministry.  Brother Bacilio Alfaro wrote the following about the PRBC needs.

“Dear Faithful Friends,   We know that many of you are anxiously hoping to hear more of the situation in Puerto Rico, and we want to keep it fresh on your minds so that you will continue to pray. Many have asked if we have had contact with our people in Puerto Rico. Yes, we have been in communication with PRBC, though communication is sporadic at best. We were informed yesterday that our cafeteria has sustained some structural damage, as well as roof damage. To what extent, we are not yet sure, more importantly, all our folks are well, for which we humbly praise the Lord.

Many of our Christian brethren on the island have lost everything. One church with a Christian school and seminary has had a loss valued at $200,00.00 in their buildings and belongings. The church pastored by my administrative assistant at the college lost half of its roof. A church pastored by one of our graduates in another town has had a loss valued at $25,000.00. We are still trying to make contact with some of the pastors to see how they fared, but some of the towns are cut off completely because the roads, bridges and communication were washed out and not yet reestablished. Many are running low on food, fuel, and drinking water. Please continue to pray with us.

The governor is asking that people not come to the island as there is no water yet, and gasoline is being rationed, it is difficult to buy food, etc. One may purchase only $20.00 worth of gasoline. At anywhere from .95 to 1.03 a liter, that won’t get one very far. Many gas stations were destroyed, the wait to be able to buy is up to more than 4 hours wait. The gas trucks are having a hard time getting through to deliver gasoline to the still existing gas stations because of washed out bridges, heavy debris, mudslides, and even in some cases, parts of buildings in the roads. There are presently no building materials to be bought on the island, so not much can be done to repair damage done.

Another situation is that cash must be used as no one is accepting cards because of no electricity and no internet. We are working on a way to get cash to them in, though we did hear that a few branches of the bank PRBC uses were going to open. We are waiting to hear something about that. Lines in the stores are extremely long as they are permitting only one person into a store at a time and the person must be escorted by an employee while they are in the store. Insecurity and disrespect for law has set in and has produced an very unstable atmosphere on the island. All that to say this, God is still on the throne and He never forsakes His own. We trust that soon things will soon stabilize, but meantime we want to continue to be used of God in these trying times.

Because pastors have asked to repeat the address information about where to send any donations, we are including it again. Until further notice, if you would like to contribute toward PRBC recovery effort you may write checks payable to PRBC and, as mail service is still not back up, please mail them to Bacilio Alfaro 3945 Champagne Dr. Jonesboro, GA 30236. Thank you. May the Lord bless and use you for His honor and glory.  In the hollow of Our God’s almighty hand, Bacilio & Eunice Alfaro”

The work is going forward.  There is much to tell about the needs in Houston, South Florida, Puerto Rico, Dominica, and Mexico.  Situations are very bad.  Pray we will have the income to help these places, churches, and people.

If you wish to give by check, please send the check to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309.  Please designate the gift for your specific purpose using “My preference is” then stipulate your preference.

God bless,

Jan Milton

Operation Renewed Hope

1017 Sage Green Ct.

Raleigh, NC 27610


(As per counsel, for the benefit of our donor’s tax deductible donations, Operation Renewed Hope has added the following statement.  The IRS requires that Operation Renewed Hope retain control over distribution of all donations; therefore, please use the designation description “My preference is” before the designated reason for the donation.  Thank you for helping ORH honor you and the IRS.)

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