Churches should play important role in rebuilding after storm

Dear Editor,

Five dreary months have passed since Hurricane Dorian lay waste Abaco and Grand Bahama, and daily in the local press we hear and read of persons being dissatisfied with the pace of hurricane reconstruction.

However, I am sure that at least 95, if not 100 percent, of those who were adversely affected by the hurricane were members of churches and paid collection or tithes on a weekly or monthly basis.

Consequently, it is not unreasonable to think that these churches would assist their parishioners or their congregants in some meaningful way.

When disasters have occurred in our country, and especially since Hurricane Andrew, I have been impressed by the work done by the denomination of Jehovah’s Witnesses who quickly mobilized members of their organization, both local and foreign, to expertly repair and replace their places of worship and the homes of their members.

From personal knowledge, I am aware that homeowners have only to provide building supplies, if they have the means, and volunteers, at no personal remuneration, assist in making the homes habitable.

Surely the other denominations have members who are carpenters, masons, electricians and plumbers who are willing to devote some of their spare time to assist their members in this way.

For, whilst repairs generally are proceeding at a snail’s pace, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have successfully repaired homes, and their Kingdom Hall in Marsh Harbour will be ready for their annual memorial service in April this year, all through the unselfish work of volunteers.

Jeanne Thompson   

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