Twelve pallets of rice expected to benefit families affected by Hurricane Dorian were stolen from Bahamas Harvest Church on Prince Charles Drive on Sunday evening, according to church officials.
The Nassau Guardian understands that amounted to nearly 20,000 bags of rice.
“The last container that came in was 15 pallets,” Chief Operations Officer Pastor Erika Moxey said.
“With storage being an issue, we had pallets on the porch. So, they were all there for the last week or two, and when we came here this morning, I was like, ‘oh wow,’ 12 pallets of rice were gone.”
Moxey said these pallets were a part of Project Hope, the church’s national hurricane relief arm.
Since the passage of Hurricane Dorian, Moxey said, the church has distributed clothing, food and other relief items to between 170 and 250 families on the weekends.
Asked what she would say to the perpetrators, she said, “I just hope it serviced them.”
“No condemnation. I’m hoping that it was done out of need and not out of greed. So if you have it, please distribute it to the persons that need it.”
Moxey also expressed that some individuals have come to the point where they are not afraid to steal from the church.
She added that while the church is not a place for perfect individuals, the reality is that some things that were once frowned upon now occur.
“It’s just different, but I think it’s important for us to not change the gospel, but we have to sometimes change the method,” she said.
“So, we have to continue to see how we can reach these people to make the change.
“The way I feel that people are changed is by love. We could call the police, and we can do all kind of stuff, but that’s not going to help that person. So, we have to help persons by continuing to love and show love, and allow the Holy Spirit to do what he does and that’s to convict.”
Moxey said that this will not put a damper on the church’s efforts.
In fact, the church is starting to assist with rebuilding efforts on Grand Bahama by providing building supplies to certain homes.
It’s also working on a gift drive for affected families on New Providence to ensure they have a special holiday season.