August came and went in what seemed like the blink of an eye. We finished up our final hurricane prep as well as a few of our on-going summer projects. We received a new executive order that forced us in Ponce to go back to online services (we couldn’t meet the capacity requirements).
In the early fall of 2017 Puerto Rico was hit by two major hurricanes that devastated much of this US territory’s infrastructure. In 2018 many people in the island’s smaller villages and interior are still without power and drinkable water. The loss of jobs because of the storm has increased Puerto Rico’s already high unemployment rate. While Puerto Rico has benefited from immediate support from LCMS Disaster Response, the mission in Puerto Rico is looking into the future to establish a vibrant national church body in the territory.