The Seventh Day Adventist Church body in Guyana recently rushed aid to some fire victims in Berbice. On Tuesday and again yesterday, there were financial donations to two families who were affected by recent fires in the county.
The members of the Community Service section of the Cumberland Seventh Day Adventist Church in Cumberland, Canje and the Seventh Day Adventist Federation Body in Berbice (which encompasses the Community Service and other outreach section of the church organization) on Tuesday made two financial donations to the Bart Family who were victims of the fire which completely raised their home on June 19, last, (Father’s Day) at Lot 66 King Street Cumberland, East Canje.
Six persons were left homeless after the mid-morning fire completely destroyed their two-storey home while the family was attending a Father’s Day church service in New Amsterdam.
Those left homeless are Evroy Bart, a former supervisor of Republic Bank, his wife Doreen Sutherland and their four children, Natoya Bart a school teacher, Sheena Bart and Elroy Bart, who are in secondary school, and Shaina Bart who is in primary school.
They had been residing at the residence for over eight years since December 25, 2002.
On Tuesday, members of the church, including district Pastor Enoch Hamilton, travelled to the site of the fire where they met with Mrs. Bart and her husband who are now residing in a small cottage nearby.
That cottage was badly scorched because of its location just next door to the destroyed building. There were financial donations to Doreen Sutherland and her family on behalf of the Seventh Day Adventist Churches in Guyana.
They also wished her and her family God’s blessings. Pastor Hamilton and the members also prayed with Doreen Sutherland.
Ms. Sutherland was loud in her praise of the Adventist church body for the tangible and timely gesture.
Claudette Long, Community Service leader of the Cumberland Church and Ms. Doreen Fraser, a member of The Churches Federation Body made the presentations.
The Bart family had arrived home from church after being alerted by a family member about the disaster to find the house in flames.
Ms Sutherland stood before what was left of her home and sang songs of praise to her Lord. “The Lord will restore it all”, she said. “My God is a great God!”
She stated that she has received assistance from some other organizations. The children are staying by some other church members. On Wednesday the Federation also made a timely donation to Mrs. Jean Headley, a retiree and her 21-year-old niece, Latoya Plass, whose dwelling was destroyed just over a month ago by fire at 31 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam. They too were at Church and returned home to see their home engulfed in the flames. Headley had lived at the house for over 24 years. The two lost everything in that inferno.
According to members of the Adventist church, giving is part of the church ministry; especially giving to the less fortunate and those in need.
“It doesn’t matter if the person is from another church.”
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