The Eye of the Hurricane
October 14, 2022
The night the hurricane arrived we spent mopping the floor and moving items away from windows in case they broke. Around 2 in the morning, all of a sudden, the winds died down and stopped and all was quiet and peaceful for ½ an hour until the eye of the storm passed. It was amazing to experience such a calm when only a few minutes before we were in the middle of the chaos of a hurricane. After about 20 minutes we could begin to hear an approaching storm that was increasing in strength by the second. Then with even stronger winds we were engulfed in the eyewall and the winds had reversed 180 degrees. From our previous experience with cyclones we knew that the winds are stronger as the storm is moving away and Julia was no different. Thankfully we were able to stay ahead of the water coming in and no windows broke. A tree in our yard fell over but thankfully our truck wasn’t parked under it as was usually the case. During the storm Nancy quoted Bible passages and sang hymns. We could clearly see God's hand protecting us.
The next day around noon when the winds began to subside we ventured out to assess the damage. Lots of blown over trees, some broken windows and a few roofs damaged or gone but in general most homes had survived. One of the reasons for this is that Pearl Lagoon sits about a mile back from the Atlantic Ocean on a lagoon and as a result there is not much storm surge and the winds begin to reduce once the storm makes landfall. Unfortunately the communities that are right on the coast did not fare so well.
As the storm moved inland it dumped a large amount of rain in some areas. All this rain ended up flooding many communities including Rama which is about an hour away. Unbelievably the container with over 6,000 Christian books and Bibles had arrived about 24 hours before Julia did so we were very concerned that they too would be destroyed. We are praising God though as yesterday we learned that most of the full containers we stacked on empty containers so they would be less likely to flood. It sure does make you realize though that we have an enemy that doesn’t want these books distributed to the people. Please pray for God’s continued protection as we are to receive the books this coming week.
Ways you can help
MiracleAir has been putting together food packages consisting of rice, flour, salt, oil and sugar. With two hundred US dollars we can make up 20 packages that will give each family a 20 pounds of food. We are also considering purchasing our own motor boat that would allow us to access these areas more frequently and go to some of the areas that have not yet been visited. Donating is tax deductible and easy.