ICAL has set up a special relief fund for our members in Puerto Rico. Two hurricanes have decimated the island's power system and homes. They need our financial help!
This is not to negate the serious destruction of the earthquake in Mexico City or the disasters from Hurricane Harvey and Irma. People are easier to reach in those areas and are receiving tremendous relief support, some of it from our ICAL Alliance members.
Puerto Rico is different. It is an very large island far off the coast of the USA where over 16,000 miles of power lines are down, the antiquated power plants are damaged, and many roads are torn up from the wind and rain making communication impossible throughout the island of over 3 million people.
Apostles Mickey Medina and Sydney Stairs and all the members of the Puerto Rican Coalition are living in extremely difficult situations since Hurricane Marie tore across the island with 160 mph winds, soon after Hurricane Irma. No one has heard from Ap. Medina since the hurricane.
Apostle John P. Kelly says,
“God has appointed for the church: first apostles…”(1 Cor.12). As apostolic leaders, we function on a higher level as God’s kings and priests. As kings, we are to know the mind of God. As priests, we are to know the heart of God. The following is a series of scriptures for you to reflect upon and be inspired by. They convey the mind and heart of God to motivate us to acts of compassion to our fellow apostolic leaders - and especially now to our family in Puerto Rico.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Col.3:12).
If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad (1 Cor. 12:26).
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body (Heb. 13:3).
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude (1 Pet. 3:8).
On September 14, Hurricane Maria tore across the entire huge island of Puerto Rico as a category 4-5 storm. A massive relief effort is underway, but experts say it will take months to restore power. The lack of power affects everything such as hospitals, food markets, gas pumps, and all communications across the island.
I have called Apostle Mickey Medina (Convenor for the Puerto Rico Coalition) several times– but he has not replied to me or to any of our ICAL family, such as Sydney Stair, since the storm ended. He and his church on the north side where the storm first hit with 160 mph winds and rain.
Apostle Sydney Stair did find a working cell tower and says his family and church people are okay however, he says,
“It looks like we’ve gone back 50 years…many cannot get medical care due to lack of power… Robbers are partying. The rows to buy gasoline, diesel [for generators] keep growing. We still don’t know about our family and friends because the power lines are down. Every day we strengthen ourselves in the Lord and in the power of his strength. Someday we'll wake up and realize that this was just a bad dream, a nightmare. Thank you all for your prayers and solidarity.”
To help our ICAL family on Puerto Rico, we have set up a special account to raise Cash specifically for the ICAL leaders there. Cash can buy their most critical needs such as food, water, fuel and other items that are not being freely handed out by relief agencies. We plan to deliver the cash into the hands of these apostles to distribute as they are led by the Holy Spirit.
Now, I am asking each of our ICAL family members to pray about contributing. We cannot all go to Puerto Rico to help our family – but be can give them Cash, the resource most needed to help them though this extremely difficult time.
This reminds me of when the Apostle Paul asked the new Christians to contribute to the church in Jerusalem. He commended many for cheerfully sharing with those in need. It also reminds me of Nehemiah bringing everyone in Jerusalem together to rebuild the wall. Each family contributed for the protection of everyone and God strengthened them all to re-build in record time.
Finally, Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them…” So, please prayerfully consider giving and give generously to help our family during this critical time.
Building and praying together with Him and you,
John P. Kelly