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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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SAGU Adds Online Extension Sites Coast to Coast

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 - 2:26 PM CST

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) now has 13 active online extension sites offering classes across the nation.

Eddie Davis, vice president of enrollment and retention, said, "SAGU has aggressively embraced the strategy of extension sites in order to provide an accessible education to potential students who do not fit the mold of a traditional on-campus or online student."

SAGU extension sites present the unique ability to partner with churches around the country that value accredited college level training as well as practical hands-on ministry experience. In many cases, SAGU's online extension sites allow students to remain close to home and attend college at a reduced cost.

Currently, SAGU is operating 13 online extension sites across the country including: Bethesda Community Church in Ft. Worth, Texas; Christ Church in Ft. Worth, Texas; Griffin First Assembly in Griffin, GA; Impact Now, Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas; Life Church in Germantown, WI; Visalia First Assembly in Visalia, CA; Life Church in Roscoe, IL; as well as six additional locations in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, and Texas. New sites are planned to open in the Spring and Fall of 2015.

Davis continued, "Students are trained not only by highly esteemed, academically qualified SAGU faculty, but also by local church leaders and influencers in the field. The dynamic of extension sites creates an active and exciting learning experience for our students."

Extension sites currently offer an AA in Bible degree or a BA in Church Leadership. For more information about SAGU extension sites, email som@sagu.edu.

To learn more about SAGU, located in Waxahachie, Texas, see its website.

Authors: William Elliot

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