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Hurricane causes severe damage in Bahamas

Mon, 11 Oct 1999 - 12:00 AM CST

Many youths throughout the Bahamas have come to the Assemblies of God's Abaco Youth Camp and found fun, stability, and salvation. But Abaco Youth Camp is no more. It became a victim of Hurricane Floyd in late September. Although the Eastern U.S. coast garnered most of the publicity, the Bahamas sustained millions of dollars worth of damage from the storm. Hurricane Floyd pummeled the Bahamas for 10 hours with 190-mph-winds, with gusts reaching 220 mph.

Churches and parsonages in Eleuthera and Abaco sustained $400,000 in damages. All five Assemblies of God churches and one parsonage in Eleuthera were damaged, with roofs being torn off, windows blown out, and carpeting water damaged beyond repair. Five of six A/G churches and three parsonages in Abaco had similar damage.

But it was the youth camp at Abaco that was battered beyond recognition. Nine buildings were virtually obliterated, including two boys' dormitories, one girls' dormitory, and beach cottages. The cafeteria's walk-in freezer and large cooking stove have not been found. Repairs to the camp buildings and equipment replacement will cost around $1 million.

While expensive, repairing Abaco Youth Camp is a project that is essential for young people. Many boys and girls from around the Bahamas have come to the low-cost camp, and it has proven to be a turning point in their lives. Now, kids, some of whom suffered through the trauma of clinging to heavy furniture in their living rooms to keep from drowning, will need the therapeutic youth camp more than ever to repair their shattered lives.

In addition to the wind damage, tidal waves and torrential rains ruined many homes, businesses, and churches. The hurricane hit with such force that roads washed away, concrete block buildings vanished, and steel beams bent like green willows.


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Many youths throughout the Bahamas have come to the Assemblies of God's Abaco Youth Camp and found fun, stability, and salvation. But Abaco Youth Camp is no more. It became a victim of Hurricane Floyd in late September. Although the Eastern U.S. coast garnered most of the publicity, the Bahamas sustained millions of dollars worth of damage from the storm. Hurricane Floyd pummeled the Bahamas for 10 hours with 190-mph-winds, with gusts reaching 220 mph.

Churches and parsonages in Eleuthera and Abaco sustained $400,000 in damages. All five Assemblies of God churches and one parsonage in Eleuthera were damaged, with roofs being torn off, windows blown out, and carpeting water damaged beyond repair. Five of six A/G churches and three parsonages in Abaco had similar damage.

But it was the youth camp at Abaco that was battered beyond recognition. Nine buildings were virtually obliterated, including two boys' dormitories, one girls' dormitory, and beach cottages. The cafeteria's walk-in freezer and large cooking stove have not been found. Repairs to the camp buildings and equipment replacement will cost around $1 million.

While expensive, repairing Abaco Youth Camp is a project that is essential for young people. Many boys and girls from around the Bahamas have come to the low-cost camp, and it has proven to be a turning point in their lives. Now, kids, some of whom suffered through the trauma of clinging to heavy furniture in their living rooms to keep from drowning, will need the therapeutic youth camp more than ever to repair their shattered lives.

In addition to the wind damage, tidal waves and torrential rains ruined many homes, businesses, and churches. The hurricane hit with such force that roads washed away, concrete block buildings vanished, and steel beams bent like green willows.


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National Youth Convention Launches The Human Right Movement

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 - 3:23 PM CST

The Human Right

The Human Right movement was launched this week during the 2014 Assemblies of God National Youth Convention and Fine Arts Festival being held July 28-August 1 in Columbus, Ohio.

"The Human Right is to know Jesus and the movement is to make Him known," explains Heath Adamson, senior director for AG Youth Ministries. "This is the beginning of the launch that will continue through the Centennial and reverberate for years to come as we summon the world to come alongside this generation of students to fulfill the original mission of the Assemblies of God, which is the greatest evangelization the world has ever known."

Adamson says that during this week, the focus is on seeking the presence of the Lord and a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on this generation in light of Acts 1:8.

Heath Adamson
Adamson

Friday evening's service from the 2014 Assemblies of God National Youth Convention and Fine Arts Festival is being live-streamed online. The live streaming of the evening service begins at 7 p.m. EDT. Tuesday's service, featuring the launch of The Human Right, is located in the archives section, found by clicking on the "Videos" link to the right of the viewing area.

"The evening services have been phenomenal," Adamson says. "The presence of the Lord has been the focus of our prayers, and I'm delighted that God has continued to surprise us with His rich presence. Students are encountering the presence of God as they are being urged to abide in Christ, abandon everything, and advocate for the gospel."

This year's national theme for youth has been "Limitless," which, in part, urges students not to limit what God can do through them. Speakers at this year's convention include Greg Steir, president of Dare 2 Share Ministries; Scotty Gibbons, AG national youth strategist; and Jason Frenn, Power to Change ministries.

As dozens of Fine Arts Festival categories are going on simultaneously, live streaming of the FAF preliminary performances is not offered. However, during Friday evening's celebration service, which will be live streamed, many of the Fine Arts Festival Merit Award winners will be performing.

For a schedule of events of National Youth Convention and Fine Arts Festival, click here.

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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