After I graduated from college I went to the Pacific island of Guam to teach in Harvest Christian Academy. Two weeks after I arrived Typhoon Omar hit the island. For the most part, the island of Guam is built to withstand hard hitting storms. This storm was either category 4 or 5, depending which reports you read. Since the majority of our buildings were brick or concrete, there was minimal damage. Yes, we had days without power and water, and FEMA came to the island to assist those with more damage. I do remember helping survey the damage, and I realize that not everyone on Guam made it through Typhoon Omar as well as the people that I knew. For the most part, though Guam recovered from Omar very well.
This year's hurricane season seemed to be unusually destructive.
Through the years, when I hear about typhoons and hurricanes, I have been less concerned than many people as a result of what I had experienced. I have chalked up much of the hurricane damage I had seen to how houses are built in areas that do not expect typhoons/hurricanes.
This year's hurricane season seemed to be unusually destructive. Flooding from Harvey had horrible devastation. Then Hurricane Irma hit, but when Hurricane Maria quickly gained momentum and hit before many islands had time to respond, the damage was almost unimaginable for some islands. One of the islands that was particularly hard hit was Dominica.
Helicopters are still having to deliver food to many areas.
My parents have taken mission trips to Dominica before and been with missionary Tony Cornelius and with Pastor Hutson Challenger and others on the islands. We also have friends from our church whose dad is a pastor on the other side of the island in Salisbury. My friend, Barb Waite, who previously ministered in Antigua with her family helped to collect seeds to distribute via Tony Cornelius and others in their area.
My friends' family living in Salisbury have been cut off from much aid due to the mud slides that have affected the roads to their town. Just this week, I heard that helicopters are still delivering food to these areas. And even that has its difficulties when you consider that they do not have power for refrigerators and stoves. They are "camping out" in a way, but this will continue on for months. For this reason, I want to collect seed packets to deliver to the families in Salisbury, Dominica.
I have asked several people, and it seems the seeds that would be most beneficial would be lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber, beet, and papaya. These are faster growing plants and will provide a sustainable food source for each family. The benefit also is that an individual with very little money to spare here could buy a few packets of seeds that would have a direct impact on a family in Dominica. What a great way to share the love of God with those we do not know!
Please share this information with your friends on facebook, with your homeschool group, with your church, and even take the time to call stores and see if they will donate the seeds which they have left over from the summer season. The seeds which will do them no good now would be a write-off and would make a huge difference for the people of Dominica. Would you be willing to send 6 packets of seeds for one family? Would you be willing to contact a business in your area to see if they would donate seeds?
My friends have assured me that they will make sure that the seeds will be delivered to the town of Salisbury, and they were very encouraged at the thought of us helping their family and countrymen in this time of need.
Seeds can be mailed to the following address:
Seeds for Dominica
721 Neely Ferry Road
Simpsonville, SC 29680