Kokomo’s street side yard.
The other 2 pictures I have that I can share now are from Sunday, September 1st around 4:30. All our pictures are from Kokomo so far, because Elmer and family are staying there and can’t get out.
The 2 pictures above are not as clear because the rain is blowing on the windows.
I will post more when I know more.
Please pray for Marsh Harbour and the rest of Abaco that was devastated, and for Grand Bahamas and everyone in the possible path of Dorian. Thank you for caring about us and Casuarina Point!
Monday, September 2nd – video from 5 pm in Abaco:
I am writing this at 10 am on Tuesday, the 3rd, and I do not have any new news yet. I hope to be able to post more later today.
Wednesday, September 4th – around Noon
We just spoke to Elmer Bongon, one of our caretakers, who is staying in Kokomo with his family. They are fine! The sun is finally shining, and he has checked all our properties inside, and everything is fine. Even though we lost a small part of our roof at Calypso, there is no water in the house. Pretty amazing! Some of our shutters blew off Abaco Palms, but the windows are intact. Guess we should have left the lexan shutters off? One of the dining light fixtures in Abaco is broken, and that is IT for damage inside for us! We are SO thankful! He says our beach is not eroded, and he will send pictures soon. I will post when I get them. Through a good friend, we are directly involved with the Crisis Response team from Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian humanitarian aid organization, whose president is Franklin Graham – Billy’s son), and the team is on the ground in Nassau with a DC8 full of supplies for Abaco. The plan is for them to stay in our houses. We hope this will be a small way we can help when we feel so helpless. I will update with pictures as soon as we receive them. Thank you all for your concern, prayers, and support! We are so blessed with friends who care! Love and appreciate you all! ❤️
Pictures to follow as soon as I have them….
Thursday, September 5th:
I received pictures from Elmer yesterday, but our life has been a whirlwind as we try to coordinate with our relief group (Samaritan’s Purse) and other emergencies that have been called to our attention. This is the first chance I have had to work on an update, and here are some pictures Elmer sent yesterday. These pictures must have been taken at low tide, and we have been having extreme (King) tides – so this must be and extreme low, but you can still see that we gained sand – we did not have any erosion or flooding on our beach.
The next few pictures are of Abaco Palms:
The next group of pictures will focus on Calypso:
This last group is of Kokomo:
SO….as you can see, our houses are in great shape considering 3 days of hurricane and tropical storm force winds, with thunderstorms and heavy rain!
We are still working with Samaritan’s Purse and look forward to all the help they will provide the people of Abaco. They have the experience, equipment, and funding to be able to make a huge difference.
We have so many wonderful friends who have reached out, and all your prayers mean so much! Some have been in a position to offer direct help. We believe we were successful arranging an urgent medical evacuation for tonight, through a friend of a friend who was flying in supplies from Nashville. We feel overwhelmed and grateful for all of you! Please pray the evacuation goes as planned! I will continue to post if I have and news to share.
Thank you for your prayers for Abaco and the Bahamas. They are appreciated more than I can express.
I want to end this section with a Casuarina sunrise picture that our dear friend, Cindy Pinder, took this morning.
Monday, September 9th – Update:
The terrible news out of Marsh Harbour is still hard to comprehend. Although I am back in Talladega, Dorian continues to dominate my life. I want to update you on a few things that are positive.
Wonderful news! Many of you know that we have been terribly worried about our Abaco church, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, in Marsh Harbour, because it was a shelter for many (300-400)during the storm. Our church has a Mass in Creole in addition to the English Mass, and has a large number of Haitians in our congregation, and they take shelter there during hurricanes. The church is on top of a hill and was the area that took the direct hit of Dorian. I am SO relieved and happy to report that everyone survived at the church! There was some damage, and it was a terrifying experience for them, but the church looks amazingly great to me! It is still a shelter from some, and the Miami Herald posted a video from the church where they interviewed a man and his daughter on Saturday. Prayers answered! This is the short video clip: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/article234837827.html
Our other best news today is that the main power plant in Abaco is not damaged. They plan to replace the 50 poles that are down between the power plant and south Abaco, and they say we should have power in 2 weeks! That is faster than the last report of 3 weeks when we were expecting them to open the old power plant in Sandy Point and power us from the South. The generator for the Casuarina Point water station is working now, but the pumps are not – so they are working on it. Hopefully the neighborhood water will be back on soon.
The Samaritan’s Purse group found housing in Marsh Harbour, so they are not using out houses at this time, so we have offered them to Team Rubicon, another relief organization, but we don’t know yet if they will need them either.
Samaritan’s Purse checked out Casuarina when they were determining the best place for them to stay, and they were very kind to share a fly over video with me. It was wonderful to see that our whole neighborhood looked good! Click on the link to watch the one minute video clip.
If we are allowed, we will return as soon as the power is on.
Thank you all for caring!