Hurricane Dorian

October Relief Update (Posted October 23, 2019)

On September 1st Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands as a category 5 hurricane and a day later slammed into Grand Bahamas with winds reaching 185 miles an hour. The devastation is unparalleled in Bahamian history as the storm hovered over the islands for 39 hours, wreaking destruction on everything in its path.

With a ready-made network on the ground in the Bahamas, aircraft to expedite aid, and an extremely generous community, Agape Flights was able to quickly switch to “disaster relief mode” and begin delivering aid to the Bahamas.

“The response has been absolutely incredible,” states Agape CEO Allen Speer. In the first phase of relief efforts, the focus is on immediate needs for survival.

In the thirty days after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, Agape Flights:

  • Made 23 relief flights delivering 138,891 lbs of donated food and emergency supplies to mission partners on the ground in Treasure Cay, Marsh Harbor, Nassau Freeport, Eleuthera, and Governor’s Harbor for distribution through churches, communities, and evacuation centers.
  • Logistics and distribution partners include: Convoy of Hope, Bahamian pastors, Agape missionary affiliates, Bishop Neil Ellis and Bahamian government officials, Mission of Hope, Feeding the Bahamas, Missionary Flights International, Conquest Air Cargo, PGT Innovations, Gingerich Trucking, LLC , TDI Express, Inc., and Bishop Aircraft Leasing, LLC.

110,291 lbs delivered by air + 28,600 lbs delivered by sea =

138,891 total pounds of relief supplies delivered

  • Relief efforts were supported by 128 volunteers, NUMEROUS ministry partners and community organizations, churches and businesses, and individuals. 1,236 donors generously provided $393,216.28 toward Agape’s relief efforts. THANK YOU!

October 1-15: Agape made 5 more relief flights. The work continues to deliver 45,600 pounds of the remaining emergency supplies. The community and Midwest Food Bank Florida Division responded to an “immediate need” for specific food items, volunteers coordinated the packing, and 91 donors contributed an additional $24,795.69 .

All of this is made possible by...amazing generosity. An overwhelming response from individuals, community groups, churches, and businesses have provided a full hangar of donated relief supplies and funds so that we can respond well. Praise God!

For thirteen years prior to the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian,

Agape Flights has delivered supplies and support to the Bahamas.

We are there now.  We will be there months and years from now.

What’s Next?

Agape is making plans to be a part of the Bahamas Church Restoration Project - a plan that has been approved by Bahamian government officials.  The project will focus on restoring the House of God, while equipping the Minister of God, and caring for the family of God.

We are currently not collecting items at this time as we continue to transport the remaining supplies, but please  continue to check the Agape Flights’ website, www.agapeflights.com/hurricane-dorian and Facebook for the latest updates, news, and needs as we move through the next phases of relief in the Bahamas. 

October 10, 2019

Bahamas Relief – Immediate Need

Collection of items will be limited to the specific items on the list
and must be delivered to the Agape hangar by
4:00 PM on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17.

DELIVERY HOURS ARE Monday - Friday 8AM - 4PM
Friday, October 11 – Thursday, October 17

The food will be distributed to families in Freeport, Bahamas.

Kraft Mac and Cheese (dry mix in a box)
Canned soups
Canned beef
Spam
Tuna in water
Canned sardines in tomato juice or oil
Vienna sausages
Ramen Noodles in cups
Carnation evaporated milk

Pop top cans are preferable but not required.

Please help our volunteers by presorting and boxing like items.

 

Click here for a PDF version of this Bahamas Relief – Immediate Need list>>

Hurricane Dorian Relief Brief Summary and Update: 9/25/19

As of Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Number of Dorian Hurricane Relief Volunteers: 128

Estimated pounds of donated supplies received: 170,000

Distributed 115,891 pounds of donated supplies

1314 donors provided: $351,258

 

Distribution includes:

FLIGHTS

20 Agape relief flights delivering over 48,500 pounds of donated relief supplies. (Includes leased Convair aircraft )

 

Other Relief flights flown on behalf of Agape:

25,000 pounds via Missionary Flights International

12,000 pounds via Convoy for Hope

1,400 pounds via Bishop Aircraft Leasing, LLC

 

Total of pounds of supplies delivered via aircraft: 86,000 pounds

 

BY SEA:

16,600 pounds by Mission of Hope

12,000 pounds by Convoy of Hope

 

Deliveries have been made to Treasure Cay, Marsh Harbor, Nassau, Freeport, Eleuthera, and Governor’s Harbor.

 

Agape continues to distribute supplies and hope through partners on the ground in the Bahamas: Convoy of Hope, Bahamian pastors, Agape missionary affiliates, Bishop Neil Ellis and Bahamian government officials, Mission of Hope, and Feeding the Bahamas.

 

Agape has helped to provide paper supplies, diapers and baby items, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies and food for 26,000 people living in 12 evacuation centers in Nassau.  Two of Agape’s missionary affiliates are also housing evacuees in Eleuthera.  Other supplies are being received and distributed by multiple pastors and churches.

 

“I want to say thank you so very much once again for helping me and my congregation express the love of God toward His people in this time of deepest need.  Many persons have been displaced and have lost everything.”

– Pastor Rudolph Roberts, International Faith Ministries, Freeport, Bahamas

 

All of this is made possible by…amazing generosity.

An overwhelming response from individuals, community groups, churches, and businesses have provided a full hangar of donated relief supplies and funds so that we can respond well.  We anticipate 9-10 additional relief flights to deliver the remaining collected supplies of our Phase 1 relief efforts.

Based on the information gathered when Agape CEO, Allen Speer makes an additional assessment trip, we will formulate and share plans for our Phase 2 relief efforts to help restore lives and rebuild communities in the Bahamas.

 

For many years prior to the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian,

        Agape Flights has delivered supplies and support to the Bahamas.

                We are there now. We will be there months and years from now.

September 13, 2019 Phase 1 Relief UPDATE

Hurricane Dorian Ministry Action Response

THANK YOU for your tremendous generosity and outpouring of love for the Bahamas relief efforts.  It’s been a busy two weeks at the hangar receiving items, sorting, coordinating, flying, and delivering hope.  We couldn’t do it without YOU!  Phase 1 of our relief efforts continues to be a success.

Even after continuous full flights to the Bahamas we are looking at an extremely full hangar (you all are AMAZING!)  That being said, we are currently at capacity for Phase 1 relief item donations and will no longer be accepting donated supplies until further notice.

Agape will continue to fly relief supplies and deliver them to trusted mission partners on the ground in the Bahamas who are assuring they get into needed hands and homes.  Although we are no longer seeking item donations, we do still need your help because we are in this for the long haul….

How you can help:

  • PRAY with us We believe in the power of prayer and the people in the Bahamas (including our mission partners) need our prayers. Also, please join us in prayer for Agape volunteers, staff, and aircraft – all are working extremely hard right now and could use your prayers and encouragement.
  • FUEL the flights - Each round trip relief flight to the Bahamas costs $2,500 in fuel. Will you help us fuel flights filled with love, hope, and encouragement to the Bahamas?
  • Stay tuned – Continue to check the Agape website and Facebook for updates, news, and needs. We will post our Phase 2 needs list after receiving further direction from partners on the ground  in the Bahamas.

 

Ways to give financially:  

Online at www.agapeflights.com (choose Relief Fund)

Mail a check, (please specify Relief Fund) to Agape Flights, 100 Airport Ave E, Venice FL, 34285

Phone 941-488-0990 or 941-584-8078

 

 

THANK YOU!

 

We will be happy to assist you in discovering the most effective and efficient ways available to assist in this time of crisis. Call 941-488-0990 or email  for more information and we will respond as quickly as possible.  For updates, pictures, stories, and videos please check out Agape Flights' Facebook page.