On September 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria, a category 5 hurricane, plowed into Dominica. Rain and winds of more than 200 mph tore through the country. More than two dozen people lost their lives. Thousands of homes were impacted. Out of the 34 Adventist churches on the island, 28 were damaged or destroyed. Later that year, Maranatha received the request for rebuilding assistance from the Adventist Church in Dominica. To start, Maranatha will focus on the the reconstruction of two churches and will reevaluate and potentially add additional projects in the future.
Volunteers on this project will help lay the new floor and foundation for the Beryl Adventist Church and assemble the metal frame for the church. This congregation has been meeting for more than 40 years and is home to 120 members. The churches that Maranatha will be building are designed to better withstand the strong winds of a hurricane, and the success hinges on the strong foundation of the church. So this project will be very important to the future of the church.
In addition to the construction, there are many needs on the island. Many of the children were traumatized from the storm and suffer from anxiety. Volunteers will have the opportunity to spread hope and joy to these individuals through a variety of outreach activities such as children’s ministry programs, health education, and food and seed distribution.
Space is limited on this project. So if you’re interested in helping with the reconstruction efforts in Dominica, be sure to sign up for the interest list and then register for the project as soon as registration is open!Scope
Pour Floor and Foundation
Assemble Metal Church Frame