“Bridge to Bahamas” Relief Effort: Step 1 Generators
Hurricane Dorian now seems like ancient history to those of us who live in South FL. Our lives have returned to our normal routines as we await news of the next tropical storm or hurricane’s invasion of our peace. However, for our Bahamian neighbors, Dorian’s wake is still readily evident as they scratch and claw to dig themselves out of the hurricane’s aftermath and create a new normal. In doing so, they still need a Bridge!
Subsequent to the storm, The Bridge Church has been connected with two local Bahamian churches through Mr. Barnabas Johnson Sr., father of Pastor Barnabas, who lives in an area of the Bahamas devastated by Dorian and is a member of one of the churches. (Thank You!)
Our Next Steps Outreach Ministry is working closely with all parties to create a strategy. Once this plan is developed our church will have the opportunity to provide specific resources, which the Bahamian church leaders have identified, that will greatly assist them in starting to get back on their feet. While The Bridge cannot make a dent in the general Bahama Dorian devastation recovery, we can become a vital resource to this one community.
Our first initiative involved securing for our Bahamian brothers and sisters generators to provide the electricity necessary to pump fresh water from wells, refrigerate perishable food supplies, and provide energy for power tools. We are pleased to announce that we collected $5,000 through our Special Offering taken on Sunday, September 22. Enough to purchase 2 large generators to ship over to the Bahamas. In addition, we had one of our Bridge Family Members donate another brand new generator. Thank you so much for your support in this effort!
We will soon unveil Step 2 & 3 in this effort to Be a Bridge to the Bahamas as they continue to recover. Please continue to pray about what part the Lord would have YOU to play in this relief effort and then come to church ready to give toward this critical initiative.
Our Next Steps Outreach Team will be keeping us informed and should serve as your point of contact for “Bridge to Bahamas”.
Next Steps Director: Regine Carisma
Let’s Be The Bridge,
You are always welcome to donate to Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. This is the Christian Organization we partner with when we participate in Operation Christmas Child. They are often one of the first organizations on the ground in a disaster.
September 4… Samaritan’s Purse deployed an airlift including temporary shelter materials, household water filters, and two community filtrations units that turn saltwater into drinking water. Once given access to damaged areas, their volunteer teams will assist with clearing debris and downed trees, tarping roofs, and cleaning out flooded homes. In addition to disaster relief units (stock tractor trailers), supply trailers and heavy equipment are also on standby.
They have also now operating an Emergency Field Hospital in Freeport on Grand Bahama, treating patients for a variety of injuries and illnesses. The 40-bed hospital can receive up to 100 patients daily and features an operating room with capacity for 10 surgeries per day, as well as an obstetrics ward and delivery room.
MORE THAN WORDS YOUTH CONFERENCE… Bridge Students Event
Friday, November 8- Saturday, November 9 in Bradenton, FL
Limited Spots: $65.00 per student incudes the Conference, Lodging and Transportation.
Please plan to send extra money with your student for food.
Registration Deadline: Monday, September 30th
Departure: Friday, November 8th @ 12:00 PM
The mission of this conference is to empower this generation to live a life of faith, with More Than Words. We are passionate about making disciples that will make disciples, through teaching of the scriptures, we build, equip, and send. Thousands have discovered their purpose and potential at More Than Words Conference.
As result, people are unlocking the blueprint of their lives. We provide a Christ-centered atmosphere for all to worship God & learn from world-renown leaders. Expect to encounter God in a real way, that will change the direction of your life forever.
1 Corinthians 4:20
The Bridge Church has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs, alcohol, fighting, PDA, profanity, and bullying. Anyone who causes problems or violates any of our policies will be asked to leave without refund. We will always maintain a safe environment for our students. You can feel safe leaving your well-behaved child with us.
We also have Ignite T-Shirts available if you want to purchase a t-shirt and wear it for this event! Shirts are also available any Sunday at our Resource Corner in the Church Foyer!
Good News Club for Elementary Students of Somerset Academy 1st – 5th Grade
Begins Thursday, October 3, 2019 after school in Adventure Zone
Good News Club is where your children will learn about the love of God and just how special they are to Him. It is run by volunteers who love kids and are carefully screened and trained. Parental permission is a must. We cannot accept any children who have not been signed up by a parent/guardian.
Hope you will join us!
1st – 2nd grade
After school – 4:00 pm
Meet in Adventure Zone… Pick up from Living Room
(Living Room Entrance is by the playground.)
3rd – 5th grade
After school – 4:30 pm
in Adventure Zone next to the school office.
MISSIONS TRIP SUPPORT
Thank you so much for your contribution to The Bridge Church International Missions Efforts. Without you, these trips would not be possible. Please know that by giving, you become part of our Team.
Ecuador… South Africa… Haiti… Trinidad…
Some Pray… Some Give… Some Go… We are all an intricate part of The Bridge!
Please continue to pray for our teams as we continue go where the Lord leads!
“Whatever It Takes!”
Raising Support… $
Each team member is responsible to raise their own support for the cost of the trip which includes: airfare; transportation; lodging and food. We also hold some fund raisers to raise money for the team project.
You can be a part of our team by:
- Praying for us as we travel and minister to God’s people across the Globe.
- Giving a monetary gift of any amount will help us reach our Goal. By Clicking on the Button below, you can give to an individual team member or to the general fund of the trip you wish to support.
These trips are life changing events for individuals… the team… and the people we serve.
Whatever gift you are able to give will be greatly appreciated!
Millions of Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith daily. From Pakistan to Kazakhstan, Nigeria to North Korea, Christians routinely face discrimination, harassment, violence and even death for their faith in Jesus. Their suffering is unimaginable.
The Bible in Hebrews 13:3 command Christians to pray for those suffering as if they themselves were suffering. In other words, the Bible calls us to not only remember those who suffer but also to identify with them in their suffering. In keeping with this scriptural command, the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) has united millions of Christians in prayer for the suffering Body of Christ around the world. After all, as the Bible says: If one suffers, we all suffer.
Over the years, the IDOP has served as a platform to highlight the stories of persecuted Christians and mobilise the global Church to respond to their plight. Moreover, in so doing, the IDOP has also been a source of solidarity and encouragement to persecuted Christians by reminding them that they are part of a larger, global family of believers.
We believe that God uses the prayers of his people to strengthen and deliver suffering saints. However, in order to pray for these suffering brothers and sisters, we must first listen to their stories. In other words, we must hear their cry.
We invite you, therefore, to join us this year on 4th and 11th November as we unite globally to pray for the persecuted. Let’s pray that in spite of the pressure and persecution, our suffering brothers and sisters –where ever they may be in the world — would stand firm in their faith, hold fast to the promises of God, and live victoriously in Christ.
World Evangelical Alliance, Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC)
Hurricane Season Pre-Storm Helps
To assist with hurricane preparations:
- Review the Broward County Hurricane Preparedness Guide.
- Review the City of Miramar Hurricane Preparedness Guide
- Review the Pembroke Pines Hurricane Preparedness Guide
- Visit our comprehensive Hurricane website. Our Emergency Checklists are a great way to ensure you have a family plan, appropriate shelter supplies, pet supplies, and emergency kit.
- Check out Broward’s A-Z Planner with links to detailed information on more than 60 topics, from airports and animals to water and windows.
- Encourage family and friends to subscribe to Broward County Emergency Updates, important public safety information delivered via email before, during and after an emergency.
- Follow us on Twitter at ReadyBroward and like us on Facebook at BrowardEMD.
- Bookmark Report Home Damage on your smartphone or other mobile device so you can report damage to your home and help first responders assess damage in the immediate aftermath of a storm.
- Call the Broward County Call Center at 311, or 954.831.4000, for updates and general hurricane preparedness information.
- Watch for details about the County’s new emergency notification system, AlertBroward, coming in July.
Hurricane Season Post-Storm Helps
To assist with post hurricane issues:
As Floridians continue the process of digging out from the storm, I want to share with you some tips and resources for Hurricane Irma Recovery.
Resident Assistance: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Broward County to the list of counties eligible for individual assistance. That means homeowners with damage that is documented can apply for funding from FEMA.
- Register at DisasterAssistance.gov for information and services from the government on the aid that may be available to you, including transitional sheltering assistance.
- Residents without internet access can use the computers at Broward County libraries to register for FEMA Individual Assistance.
- You can also contact FEMA’s Helpline (800) 621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: (800) 462-7585).
- Your local Red Cross chapter can also help you with food, shelter, and personal goods.
- You can also find assistance through United Way.
- Check with your insurance agent before hiring anyone to work on your property.
- Make sure you have the right kind of coverage to file a claim related to storm damage.
- Be sure to take pictures of the damage to your property before cleaning it up.
- To check on your policy through the National Flood Insurance Program, contact your insurance agent. You can also call 1-800-621-FEMA and select “option 2” learn more and be directed to the right place to file your claim.
- Keep any eye for people who may try to be using this unstable time as a way to swindle unsuspecting victims.
- Con artists asking for up-front payments, offering suspiciously large discounts, or claiming to be government agents are all commonplace after a storm like Irma.
- Be wary of phone calls from entities claiming to be charities. Real charities do not usually ask for donations over the phone or have names that sound like governmental departments.
- Do not give your money or personal information out over the phone.
- If someone is pressuring you with a “limited time offer” chances are it is a scam. Always check out offers with a trusted advisor such as an attorney before agreeing to terms with anyone.
Other Important Tips:
- Touch base with your mortgage lender. Just because your home was damaged does not mean you can skip a payment. However, your mortgage lender might work with you to pause payments given the situation. If you do not know who holds your mortgage, check the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems or call 888-679-6377.
- You also still must pay your credit card bills. If you do not think you will be able to do so, contact your credit card company before the next payment comes due.
- If your home is currently uninhabitable, contact your power company and ask that your service be suspended. This will save you money while you sort out your situation.
- Veterans who need help with shelter or their medications can call 1-800-507-4571 to speak with someone at the VA. Veterans can also check the VA website specifically dedicated to Hurricane Irma for more information.