To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Spirit-Filled Puerto Rican Pastor: "I'm Not the Same Man I was Two Weeks Ago"

Jessilyn Justice : Oct 3, 2017  Charisma News

"I have seen the Lord's hand in every move. The Church is different, but the Church is alive." – Pastor Marvin Suarez

airlift(Puerto Rico)— [CharismaNews.com] Pastor Marvin Suarez and his wife Cuchy saw the creature comforts of life as they knew it wiped away when Hurricane Maria ravaged their island home. (Photo: Local residents wait in line during a water distribution in Bayamon following damages caused by Hurricane Maria/REUTERS /Carlos Barria/via CharismaNews.com)

"We are not the same people we were two weeks ago," the couple say when reached by phone. "Everything is lower. There's no contact with people, we go to their houses because sometimes phones don't work. Everything is completely different."

The two pastor Iglesia La Viña de Mayagüez church along the western coast of Puerto Rico. They're desperate to serve their community but have limited resources due to the storm. Their biggest need? Cash—cold, hard cash.

"This is an experience we've never had before because we are so used to plastic—debit cards, credit cards," Cuchy says. "[It's been] tough for a lot of people because they didn't have enough cash. The banks were closed, and they just opened. This is a different environment. But some aspects [are a] blessing, too. We are more aware of our fragility and our dependency on the internet, the technical stuff and the technology. We have been able to get to know our neighbors, work together at church. We spent a whole day at church just cleaning and fixing things there. It has been not all bad."

As the island attempts to move back into routine—which is extremely limited, due to continued power outages and lack of basic resources—the Suarezes say their community members are tired and grumpy, stuck in lines for hours on end just to attend to basic needs.

So today, the couple will hand out juice and cookies at banks, gas stations—basically wherever they see a line.
"[A bank manager] was telling me that he goes to have some conversations with people in line just to be there for them, just the fact that they're talking to you brings them comfort. That's what we want to do, just be there, comfort them and give them sugar to keep going," Marvin says.

The church campus also has a well on site, which has the couple scrambling to find a water pump so they can distribute the necessity to those around them. They will also soon offer at least one hot meal a day and prayer to anyone who stops by.

"What we've learned from this experience that the church was not hurricane ready. That is something we are going to work on," Marvin says. "For these kind of tropical incidents, we need to have a good generator, install water pumps at the well and be a safe place for people to come right after the hurricane blows over us. Then, even though I have been working with constructors to get the electrical poles put in place, it's impossible, because these guys are subcontracted by the government to deal with bigger stuff. They put all their energy and resources into that.

Without internet and with only spartan phone service, the church is dependent on signs to tell its neighbors about the outreaches. They may have next to nothing, but they know God is still good.

"I have seen the Lord's hand in every move," Marvin says. "The Church is different, but the Church is alive."







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

Choices, Not Race, Determine Success in America, Says Immigrant from Zimbabwe, Now an Author, Small Business Owner

'Pray for' America: Christian Leaders React to the Derek Chauvin Verdict

Ted Cruz Exposes Double Standard on Georgia Elections during Committee Hearing on New Georgia Voting Law

'Woke' Simon and Schuster Employees Try to Cancel Pence Book: Publisher Bites Back

Apple Finally Lets Parler Return to App Store Following Republican Letter

Archaeologists Find Site of Harriet Tubman's Father's Home Where This 'Moses' of the Underground Railroad Got Her Start

'It Was A Pretty Powerful Moment': 6-Year-Old Gets Hero's Welcome Back to School after Completing Cancer Treatment

'It's Real!': Arizona Woman's Near-death Experience Confirms Famous Painting of Jesus

Verdict: Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty of Murdering George Floyd

'Stop Killing Our Children': Benjamin Watson Exposes 'Hollow' Apology for Planned Parenthood's Racist Roots

Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill Banning Planned Parenthood from Public Schools

'We're Not Doing Fauci-ism': Ron DeSantis Defends Florida's COVID Response

Latest Episode of 'At Home With The Robertsons' Tackles Tough Questions about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

WATCH: Arizona Gov. Ducey Declares Border Emergency Because Biden Won't

'Religious Freedom Prevailed': Houston Officials Agree to Permit Synagogue to Meet Following Religious Liberty Lawsuit

'I Heard God Speak to Me': Columbine Survivor Craig Scott Reflects on the Moments That Saved His Life, and How He Found Forgiveness

Biden Admin Axes President Trump's Rules Limiting Experimentation on Aborted Babies

Are Scientists Now Using Human Cells to Create 'Planet of the Apes' Embryos?

Young Pregnant Pro-abortion Leader in Argentina Dies after Legal Abortion

Report: Thousands of Reports of Menstrual Irregularities, Reproductive Dysfunction Following COVID Vaccines



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com