Maria-hit Puerto Rico passes one-year mark

Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Puerto Rico hurricane floodingSeptember 20 marks one year that Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, where aid continues to pour in.

Samaritan's Purse has been a part of the relief effort for the U.S. territory since day one.

Dan Stephens, field office director for Puerto Rico, says the ministry has helped 351,000 hurricane victims. That's more than 10 percent of the island's population. 

He says rebuilding homes has been the primary focus.

"We're installing permanent roofs on over 400 homes here on the island. We're helping churches repair their buildings and their roofs," he says. "Our intention there is that we want to restore these churches to be places of hope in the community."

Stephens also tells OneNewsNow that, one year later, suffering continues as many homes still need to be repaired.  Samaritan's Purse is partnering with local churches to meet the needs of those still suffering and to share the gospel, he says.

The good news after Maria, he adds, is that the Church is growing after the tragic hurricane. 

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