Puerto Rico, six months after Hurricane Maria, still have no electrical power.
Lives have been changed. People have been shook up. Many people who were once vibrant members of Puerto Rico’s various villages, towns, and cities have passed away, either due directly to the Hurricane or because of the aftermath. 55 people have died, according to the “official count,” but the real death toll– coming from this lack of electricity and sometimes water– has been counted in the hundreds1. Read this compelling, poignant article on the subject, here.
Please pray that Puerto Rico, especially those places hit hard such as Corozal and Yabucoa, would be able to have their power restored, soon; and that Jesus would carry them through this darkness and time of need.
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No matter what is happening all around us, Jesus is the “Light of the World”– and He has overcome it all. Learn more about the true victory there is in Christ, here.
“6 have been rescued alive; 4 dead,” the man said. Ten of the twelve people on the helicopter had been accounted for; it would only be a matter of time before two others had been found dead, putting the total death toll at 6. On August 12th, 2015, in what was both a sad and shocking occurrence, a helicopter making its way to the mainland of Lagos, Nigeria crashed in the Oworosoki end of Lagos Lagoon. Not 10 days later, another death toll was reported: another helicopter crashed, killing 7; and in a barrage of attacks, 79 more people died on August 31st alone in Baanu, Gwoza, and Karnuwa at the hands of Boko Haram. Between August 12th and August 31st alone, over 90 people in Nigeria died in these violent or accidental deaths; and the death toll only goes up from there, when recalling the approximately 15,000 people who have died since Boko Haram’s bloody uprising in 2009.
As the death toll reaches the ten thousands, and the news reports come out almost every day, it can be incredibly hard to see past the statistics; and, quite honestly, many don’t want to. Continue reading