When Hurricane Dorian hit The Bahamas on September 1, 2019, the damage was immense. Thousands were left homeless and without food, clean water or shelter. First Christian Church member Lera Braehler's son-in-law Nico Romano and some of his friends, saw a great need and knew they needed to act immediately.
Nico, who lives in Lighthouse Point, Florida, is involved in the "Indian Princess" program, which was created to help dads and daughters grow together, spiritually and mentally. Sponsored by the YMCA, the program is a spin-off of the Indian Guides program established in the 1920's for Dads and Sons. Due to the proximity of Lighthouse Point to the Bahamas, the dads visit the area often to fish and relax. Throughout the years many of the Indian Princess dads have become friends with the local people.
When the hurricane hit, some of the Bahamians reached out to these dads for help. Nico and his wife Katie, along with their friends through the Indian Princess Program began working together to gather much needed relief supplies. and had them loaded onto a boat, ready to go.
No one was helping in this area near Freeport, Bahamas. Out of the kindness of their hearts the dads started to reach out to the Indian princess- The Creek tribe and through the tribe we were able to work together and get the Bahamians what they needed. First Christian Church was pleased to provide a Wholeness Ministry Grant for the purchase of a generator so that a Freeport hotel would be able to house many of the Bahamians that had lost everything.
Though not many relief boats were being given to access to the island, the Indian Princess dads were on a mission to deliver these goods one way or another. Thankfully, three dads were given permission by the government to enter and deliver all the goods, some of the only boats granted access. Bright and early the dads drove 2 hours to the Freeport, Bahamas with the supplies in boxes which their children decorated with words of encouragement and love for the Bahamians who would receive them.
The wholeness grant used to fund this ministry was made possible through your faithful financial support of our church and its ministries and help fund a variety of efforts to make our world a better place.