Hurricane Maria came onto the island of Puerto Rico in September of 2017 and there are still people living in damaged homes without electricity or safe drinking water.
What started out as a couple of short trips to Puerto Rico during the holiday months by some HOI staff to deliver over 1000 water filters to communities, has turned into a response to God’s call to organize HOI mission teams for short term relief work.
Our mission will be to share the love of Christ by assisting families in reconstruction and repair of their homes. By working with them and the local church, the teams will provide hope for the future and opportunities for the community to become vibrant once again.
The focus will begin in Maunabo, PR, close to where Hurricane Maria made landfall. Businesses have closed due to the destruction and lack of power, people have lost their jobs and the money some are receiving from FEMA does not cover the actual reconstruction of their homes.
On March 4, HOI is taking a beta team in to the area to work out logistics with the local community and church and to repair a couple of houses with help from the families.
The mission trips will be different than those in Honduras and Nicaragua, our other locations. This is disaster relief and the conditions may not be suitable for everyone. At this time, there is no electricity in the facility to house the team, there is no hot water for showers, there is still debris and downed wires within the community, the water is unsafe to drink and beds may be mattresses on the floor, depending on the size of the team. Each team will be required to have a team member that is construction knowledgeable (or at least an all around handyman).
The need is great and we believe HOI has been called to respond. If you think you have a team that would be interested in serving in Puerto Rico, contact Laurie Willing, Executive Director, for additional information. Ljwilling@hoi.org
For information on trips to serve at our other locations, Honduras or Nicaragua, contact Morgan Leary, email@example.com, or Emily Grossman, firstname.lastname@example.org