“When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” – Matthew 9:36
I just returned from my first trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria… and I’m going back.
We have to!
The people of Puerto Rico need more help.
This is not a political statement or a dramatic appeal… this is a reality check.
We saw a few army trucks during our time driving around the most affected areas. They were more than willing to help. No doubt about that.
But it is not enough. Not even close.
We drove for hours on main roads and small communities. We met with hundreds of people who still have not received the support needed (while surviving without running water, electricity or phone services).
We entered multiple homes with elderly people and veterans who don’t have their required medication. Too many kids drinking unsafe water. And so many families who lost their farms, their small businesses and/or their jobs.
It was even hard at the airport. Hearing children crying hard as their parents send them away to a better situation. And feeling the pain of my people, because media attention has also left.
As a Puerto Rican, I am heartbroken yet hopeful.
As an American citizen, I am disappointed yet expectant.
As a human being who was faced with both the pain and the resilience of the Puerto Rican people, I am inspired and full of courage.
Because we encountered joy that made no sense. Smiles and laughter in the midst of devastation. Radical hospitality plus delicious rice & beans.
We prayed with families, laid our hands on the sick, gave hundreds of hugs and saw the Kingdom of God breaking through the darkness. We were also able to take more than 750 water filters which have the potential to help 75,000 people have safe drinking water, plus hundreds of bags full of medicines, flashlights, hand sanitizers and more.
Puerto Rico will rise again… you can be sure of that! The question is, will we full participator of the recovery or just casual spectators of the disaster?
Jesus already chose what he does for the least of these.
Por favor… help us, help them.
All you have to do is give.
And as always, your donation is 100% tax deductible.
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ – Jesus
* For more info on how the filters work and how they are helping people all around the world, visit Impact Nations / iThirst.
And if you want to support our work and show off your solidarity, get one of our #PuertoRicoSeLevanta (Puerto Rico Rises) T-shirts. Available for him and her and with every cent being used for the water filter trip: