Haiti, Cuba hurricane relief

The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands extends our profound thanks to the Cayman public for their outpouring of care and support in providing clothing, food, other basic necessities and loving gifts for us to send to the people of Haiti.

Two 40-foot containers filled with these items are now on their way to help assuage some of the suffering the poorer people there have experienced from recent hurricanes and tropical storms.

We know the needs are much greater but we are also aware of how much God can do with whatever we freely give to Him to share His love with others.

Rev. Louis Sully and a small team from Elmslie United will be going to Haiti to help with the distribution.

We also wish to express our deep appreciation to those who joined with the members of our Church in providing funds for hurricane relief in both Haiti and Cuba. The funds have now been sent to the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba, and to our Church’s missionary in Haiti and other mission partners there.

The enthusiastic response of the young people of our country has been particularly heartening, as students from so many schools have pitched in to donate funds and supplies to us and to all the drives that have been taking place in Cayman to help our neighbouring countries.

The Council of the Church would like to also thank our members and school for their special offerings and donations of supplies for these causes and, a few months earlier, for the people of Myanmar after they were devastated by Cyclone Nargis, as well as their strong support for the relief efforts spearheaded by others, such as for the Isle of Youth.

The Church also wishes to publicly thank Seaboard Marine Ltd., whose generous help and concessions made the shipment to Haiti possible, the Cayman Islands Port Authority (Government) for waiving of their charges, Kevin and Lisa Schirn for the use and preparation of their property for the container collection site, the news media for their wholehearted promotion of our appeals, Rev. Sully for initiating and spearheading the effort to collect and ship the supplies, his family and Mr. Thomas Myles and the other volunteers who sorted and packed the boxes and containers, and all who helped in different ways.

We salute the residents of the Cayman Islands for all the various relief efforts they have initiated and the way everyone has responded to help our neighbours. And we thank God that as a country we have been able to give as we have given, by His protection and His provision for us.

United Church Council