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Hurricane Maria Assistance

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Raised by 17 people in 23 months
In the words of our friends (and Hurricane Maria survivors) Cristina and Jerry Guerra, "Maria was a monster!" In most parts of Puerto Rico, there is no fuel, water, electricity, or cell service of any kind. Cristina called me frantically from Puerto Rico on a satellite phone on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday Cristina and Jerry were able to make it out of the country with their babies on an emergency evacuation flight (made possible by SWA and Young Life), hundreds of thousands of people, including many of their close friends and neighbors, are currently stranded and are running out of food and water.

Beacuse of this, a small team of our friends—made up of emergency-trained pilots and EMTs—are flying to Puerto Rico on September 27 to assist with rescue and relief efforts for the people who are still stranded or in need of medical assistance.

They will be doing this on a volunteer basis, but there will still be expenses that this money will go toward: fuel for the planes, food, water, first aid supplies, etc. If you would like to help the victims of the hurricane, any financial support you can give will go directly to relief efforts and is greatly appreciated!! 

I know that the residents of Puerto Rico  will be thankful for any help we can give them, together!

Thank you, and God bless! 

Sincerely,
Laura DeMasie
(for the team)

Springdale, AR 72762

I will be keeping track of the spending of the funds raised and will give a full report to donors.


A photo from the Guerra's neighborhood in Palmas


The Guerra Family
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Dear Friends,

As Thanksgiving approaches we wanted to let you know how thankful we are for you and your contribution to the Puerto Rico hurricane relief effort, as well as give you a summary of the trip that you made possible.

This is a personal report from the team:

What an amazing relief trip we had to Puerto Rico!

After several days of delays in leaving due to mechanical issues with the airplane we were taking we finally made it in to the San Juan airport. Once we arrived we made contact with customs officials. At the time, a lot of the "red tape" seemed to be an inconvenience and unnecessary hassle of what we were and were not allowed to do. However, after going all the way to the upper echelons of security getting everything situated, we ended up making some amazing and invaluable contacts that gave us much more freedom and opportunity to help the people in Puerto Rico that needed it!!

The trip was spent mainly with part of our 4-man team piloting back and forth to parts of the Virgin Islands to buy supplies such as food and water that were almost impossible to find in Puerto Rico. As well as helping transport other relief personnel to places where they could serve, and flying individuals who needed to get to other airports, as flights in the area were scarce.

Meanwhile, the other part of the team remained on the ground to bring the supplies up into the interior mountainous area of the island that had received very little to no relief as yet due to impassable roads. We were blessed to be able to work with numerous other locals, outside volunteers, and churches that had knowledge of the areas and vehicles to haul supplies.

Overall it was an awesome trip and it was humbling to see God constantly working out details and doing the seemingly impossible in some instances! It just goes to show that if God is on your side and your cause is just, then nothing is impossible!

So a huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed whether it was monetary or through prayers, you were part of helping hundreds of people who were in desperate need, and at the same time spreading God’s love and the Good News of the gospel!

—Jake, for the team
Matthew 25:34-40
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Thank you all for your support!! With your help the team flew their plane to Puerto Rico, and they are currently down in the islands doing hurricane relief work!

After making some great connections on the ground in Puerto Rico, the guys are actively helping in a variety of ways:

-Flight transport of emergency specialists and government officials to where they are needed.

-Using their plane to bring water, rice, and other items to the locals from surrounding islands.

-Several of the team members are currently in the mountains with a truck filled with food, water, and medicine. They are working alongside a doctor and nurse doing medical work and food and water distribution.

-The guys have also been able to assist Samaritan’s Purse with their aid distributions.

We are so grateful for each and every donation that makes this possible!! Thank you!!
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