Ann and I are back in the Bahamas as we work to launch the next important phase of our work here to reach the hardest-hit folks on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands who still need a reliable source of relief supplies and resources.
The stories continue to hit us right in the heart. One of the evacuees you have been helping to provide hot meals to is Kevel (pictured on the left). Wanda, one of our team members from Puerto Rico, was able to talk with Kevel to hear her story and pray for their family.
Kevel, her husband and five children are from Abaco, but were forced to evacuate to Nassau and essentially leave everything behind. They had been staying with a family they had never met before, but the gas at the house was shut off. So they began visiting one of Mercy Chefs' feeding locations twice every day. They had nowhere else to turn. Thanks to you, we were able to provide Kevel and her family hot meals day after day. Like many here, their family's crisis is far from over. They are again looking for housing. So many still need help.
As I write, we are working out arrangements to get to Grand Bahama tomorrow to further assess the situation as we work to mobilize there. On Monday, we will fly to Abaco (the most devastated island) with a water purification unit that will be a godsend for the people there. I will have more details on this next phase of our efforts here soon.
Our total meal count in the Bahamas will soon reach 65,000 as we continue to provide meals into this weekend. Our team in Texas is also serving hot meals to the flood victims and volunteers there. This week alone, Mercy Chefs will serve upwards of 25,000 hot meals -- each made possible by friends like you.
We could really use your help today and through the weekend to cover the grocery bills from this week alone!
With Mercy Chefs still managing two full deployments and serving 25,000 meals this week, will you partner with us to help those who have suffered so greatly? Go here to make your tax-deductible gift to help serve hot meals to hurricane and flood victims and continue other vital efforts:
Thanks to your generosity, our Mercy Chefs team has been able to pour out love and blessing on Kevel and her family and so many more evacuees here in the Bahamas. There is much more work to be done, and we'll continue to help our friends in Texas -- as long as the Lord provides and faithful friends like you stand with us in the gap.
I'll be sharing more soon from the Bahamas. For now, thanks in advance, and God bless!
Gary LeBlanc, Founder
P.S. In the second photo, Chef Lisa (on the left) is pictured with some of our Bahamas team who have been working long 12- to 15-hours days to provide thousands of meals every day to hurricane evacuees. THANK YOU for making is possible for Mercy Chefs to meet this need. Go here to help: