Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico

In response to the devastating one-two punch leveled at Puerto Rico by hurricanes Irma and Maria in fall 2017, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), in partnership with American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), launched the “Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico” multi-year initiative.

ABHMS is thrilled to share that the initiative’s initial fundraising goal—$1 million via One Great Hour of Sharing by March 30, 2018—was surpassed as of Feb. 9, 2018!

However, great need still exists in Puerto Rico, and ABHMS urges continued giving to help our brothers and sisters on the island.

Because the need is so great, ABHMS is not limiting its volunteer-mobilization efforts to specific work weeks on the island. In the “Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico” online registration packet below, indicate your preferred volunteer work week, beginning March 1 or later. Create your own work group or be placed with a group. Cost of $150 per person per week includes housing, food and supplies. Volunteers are responsible for transportation to, from and on the island.

“Within the next three to five years,” Haggray said, “we will work with our American Baptist partners to restore all 114 churches and nine missions in the Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico as well as Corporacion Milagros del Amor and Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico.”

Give

Donations may be made via your church; via credit card online at abhms.org > GIVE NOW; or, if making a donation by check, please make checks payable to American Baptist Home Mission Societies and on the memo line place: OGHS – PR and send to

American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Attn: Kim Wilkins
Puerto Rico Rebuild
1075 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406

One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs. To ensure that your church receives credit for your gift, write the church name on your check or, if giving online, in the “comment” box.

Volunteer

The need in Puerto Rico is so great that ABHMS is not designating specific volunteer work weeks on the island. Churches, other groups and individuals are urged to determine their own volunteer work weeks, beginning March 1 or later.

Volunteers can create their own work groups or contact ABHMS to be placed with a group. Cost of $150 per person per week includes housing, food and supplies. Volunteers are responsible for round-trip transportation to Puerto Rico as well as transportation on the island.

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Resources

  • Sign up for updates as they develop about recovery plans, ways you can help and volunteer mission opportunities.
  • Join the Facebook community of individuals, churches and other organizations supporting the Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico iniative.
  • Litanies, and other church resources written by ABHMS staff and submitted by American Baptists, are available free of charge.

Videos

In the video above from a fall 2017 visit to Puerto Rico, ABHMS Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray discusses the island’s needs.

 

In the video above, Laura Ayala, pastor of First Baptist Church of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, speaks to the devastation, infrastructure challenges and scarcity of desperately needed resources as a result of the impact of Hurricane Maria.

 

In the video above, the Rev. Salvador Orellana, ABHMS national coordinator of Latino Ministries and deputy director of logistics and relationships for ABHMS’ “Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico” multi-year initiative, discusses the ways in which American Baptist individuals and churches can help Puerto Rico recover in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. In addition, he shares details about the destruction and challenges he witnessed firsthand on a visit to the island after the storms.