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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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Centennial Event Services Reach Millions; Thousands More Still Viewing Archived Messages

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 - 2:35 PM CST

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The popularity of the Assemblies of God Centennial services, held August 5-10, were unprecedented for any U.S. Assemblies of God event. Through broadcast, live-stream and simulcast, millions of people tuned in to view the services.

According to Africa's LMTV, more than 40 million viewers tuned in to watch its Centennial broadcasts, while the Spanish network, Unsión, broadcast reached viewers throughout Central and South America. The viewership of the Centennial special on TBN is not known, but TBN reaches millions of viewers each week.

In an effort to join AG churches thorughout the U.S. to the Sunday evening celebration, the Centennial finale featured a live simulcast. 

"We had more than 1,000 simulcast sites signed up to participate in Sunday evening's celebration service," Dr. George O. Wood, AG general superintendent, says. "This represented an estimated 50,000 participants in addition to the thousands in attendance and those watching by live-stream online."

And the popularity of the services continues. Since the conclusion of the Centennial, thousands of people have viewed or downloaded the services from the archived collection found on the 100.ag.org website.

"There has been a great interest in the archived messages," states Lucas Cornwell, media technology analyst at the AG national offices. "If people want to watch or share these videos, they can do so via the 100.ag.org website." 

Cornwell says that a few of the messages receiving strong interest include Sunday evening's concluding service with Dick Brogden, the presentation of The Human Right movement, and the message from South Korea General Superintendent Yong Mok Cho.

For news stories, in both English and Spanish, see the Centennial website and click on the "News" tab or click on "Español" at the top of the page for the news tab in Spanish. In addition, the Jason Frenn and Juan Carlos Escobar services, feature translation, in Spanish and English.

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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