Tearing through the Bahamas, threatening Georgia and some East Coast states, Hurricane Dorian barreled towards the East Coast at 120 miles per hour. As the strongest storm on record to hit the islands, Dorian posed a strong threat on the U.S., leaving southerners squandering to evacuate the coast. Whether it be family or bonds created on mission trips, members of the Wesleyan community have their hearts deeply invested in the outcome of this vicious storm.
Due to the devastation of this hit, communities were forced to evacuate to keep their families safe. Junior, Katherine Graddy had a piece of her own heart down in Florida with her grandmother and two of her uncles, who have been forced to take very serious, life-preserving precautions. Graddy has expressed from her dialogue with her grandmother in Fort Myers; she said, “The aftermath impacts everyone in Florida. My uncle lives on the West Coast, and he had to cover the windows of his house and quickly evacuate the state. My grandma and other uncle live in Fort Myers, and they had to leave for their safety, even though they weren’t directly in Dorian’s path. Many of my friends in Fort Myers have family all over the state, and even in the Bahamas, and they are having fundraisers in order to rebuild their houses. My old school is having a drive to collect basic necessities for those directly impacted.” The Wesleyan Community has the opportunity to wrap their arms around families who have been personally impacted, as well as use the power of prayer for the people and homes in Florida and the Bahamas.