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The Friend Ships team rode out Hurricane Laura aboard their ship Challenger, six of their seven ships were set adrift after moorings failed. They continue to need our prayers and support, here is their update:
After several hours of relentless winds and pounding rain, the wind uprooted several of our mooring bollards (these are large steel bits that secure ships to the land sunk eight feet in the ground and secured in cement). We tied our ships to these with several lines knowing the force they would be under, hoping the lines would not snap. They did not snap but instead the wind drug these bollards up out of the earth and took off with them and their eight feet of cement, setting six of our seven ships adrift, several sustaining significant damage.
As of now, we haven’t gotten them back to port. All our small boats were sunk. Our warehouses, including an aircraft hangar are completely destroyed or severely damaged. All of our electric lines are snapped and on the ground. Crew members lost portions of their roofs and as you can see in the photos we will post, Port Mercy has extensive damage.
To start, we are securing the ships back to the base and as soon as our team is back in place, will be distributing heavy duty vinyl to the community. Next, we will distribute additional goods and provide food to the hurricane victims as we work to restore the immense damage to Port Mercy. Yet, in spite of this trial, the Lord’s hand was and is with us in so many ways and we are so very grateful for His protection and guidance.
The community is hurting. People are hungry, there is no electricity – lines to the city are down. We need generators, we have a large container of food but we need a generator to keep it cold before we lose it all. We will need diesel fuel.
If you would like to help, here’s how:
Prayers: For the community and for Friend Ships recovery Funds. We almost never ask for financial help but we are in serious need of funds to be able to meet the needs, so many are calling us for help. Goods: If you would like to send goods, please call our office to find out what is needed. 337 433 5022 or email email@example.com. We need a generator as we have a 40’ refrigerated container of food we will use to provide food to the community. It has no power and we urgently need to provide power to it. Personnel: We can use construction teams and welders to assist at Port Mercy. We need cooks and people to help with warehousing and distribution. Call our office at 337 433 5022 if you can help and/or register with the disaster relief form on our website at www.friendships.org. ... See MoreSee Less
Friendships are battened down and ready to provide aid immediately after the hurricane passes. #HurricaneLaura#friendshipsunltdThe Port Mercy team are sheltering aboard FriendShip Challenger moored at our home base in Lake Charles. We are ready to provide disaster relief to the community as soon as the waters recede. Several of our fellow disaster relief agencies have called to say they are ready to join us in providing help. We’ll keep you posted. ... See MoreSee Less
Pat Vickers has been building the 30 ton schooner Ixdos in Thailand, she is nearly ready to be commissioned, but requires mast, rigging and sails before she is ready to sail. It will cost around $ 85,000 to complete her and she will be a full-time part of the Kings Fleet. If you want to learn more or see how you could help, check out his website www.missionship.com/ Let's work together to find a way to help him fulfil this vision and add a new vessel to the mission field! Prayers, Finances and Pracitical support all required! ... See MoreSee Less