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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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AG World Missions Offers Open Invitation to World Prayer Meeting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 - 4:34 PM CST

Assemblies of God missionaries, Skyping in from around the world, will share their testimonies and urgent prayer needs during a focused time of seeking the Lord through the global online World Prayer Meeting coming in May. Recorded live by Cornerstone Church in Bowie, Maryland, with host pastor Mark Lehman, this annual hour-long event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 - Ascension Day.

"As we join together in prayer, we anticipate answers to prayer and breakthroughs among unreached peoples who have yet to hear the hope of the gospel," says AGWM Communications Director Randy Hurst. "In 2013, more than 30 percent of AGWM personnel were involved in ministry to unreached people groups. That number continues to grow."

The World Prayer Meeting's first webcast begins at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and available online immediately thereafter.

"Prayer for divine intervention and empowerment in our mission is not an option: It is an absolute necessity," says Greg Mundis, AGWM executive director. "We will only accomplish God's purposes and the specific individual tasks He has for us as a mission if we can marshal a spiritual army of intercessors to pray that God will open doors among the unreached and protect and sustain our missionaries." 

"Individuals are encouraged to participate in this inspiring event," Hurst says, "but if your church has the compatible technical capabilities, please consider projecting the broadcast in the sanctuary and use the prayer meeting in your regular Wednesday evening service."

Jeff Hartensveld, AGWM mobilization director who will be leading the prayer meeting says, "Imagine, if we pray with an urgency to match the times and days we are living in, what the Lord will do!"

To help direct prayers during and following the event, AGWM has created six prayer cards, one from each of the six AGWM geographic regions.

"Each card includes a brief message from the regional director concerning the prayer focus," Hurst explains. "However, if you plan to use these cards in conjunction with the World Prayer Meeting, they must be ordered by May 16." To acquire cards, call (800)-988-6568.

The site of the World Prayer Meeting broadcast is currently being developed, but once the site is ready, the link will be posted on the AGWM home page and in an upcoming AG News release.

 

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