The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Less than one week af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing fire of June 1st which de­stroyed four houses and ren­dered eleven per­sons home­less, the lo­cal Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church has demon­strated Chris­tian com­pas­sion by com­ing for­ward to as­sist the af­fected fam­i­lies. On Thurs­day, June 4th, 2015 the church, through its Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Depart­ment, made a do­na­tion of cloth­ing and food items to the fire vic­tims. Dur­ing the visit, prayers were of­fered for the vic­tims and an ini­tial as­sess­ment of ma­te­rial needs for re­con­struc­tion was also car­ried out.

The Ad­ven­tist del­e­ga­tion was led by Pas­tor Lu­cius Philip – Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Direc­tor and in­cluded In­tern Pas­tor in the Mi­coud Dis­trict, Pas­tor Vern Charle­magne and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive group of the SDA Com­mu­nity Ser­vices mem­bers from the South­ern Zone. Pas­tor Philip ex­plained to mem­bers of the af­fected fam­i­lies dur­ing the visit that the do­na­tion was an ini­tial ges­ture to bring com­fort and sup­port and that the church stands pre­pared to as­sist in the clean-up ef­fort through mem­bers of the lo­cal church and to pro­vide ad­di­tional as­sis­tance to­wards the re­cov­ery process and the re­sump­tion of their lives to nor­mal­ity.

As an ex­pres­sion of its com­mit­ment to the Mi­coud fire vic­tims, the SDA Mission has called on all Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist churches across the is­land to con­duct a spe­cial col­lec­tion on be­half of the af­fected fam­i­lies dur­ing church ser­vices this com­ing Sab­bath. The lo­cal church calls on all its mem­bers to of­fer prayers for the Mi­coud fire vic­tims so that the spirit of God can ac­com­pany them dur­ing their pe­riod of re­cov­ery.

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