Hurricane Dorian Response 

Last week, Hurricane Dorian moved slowly north, causing days of prolonged destruction over the Bahamas before making landfall in North Carolina. By the time it reached the United States, the storm had weakened considerably. Early satellite data shows that between 75 to 100 percent of the buildings and infrastructure in the worst-hit areas of the Bahamas were damaged. 

Recovery from this much damage will take years. 

Early reports from the Bahamas indicate that all five of the Nazarene churches there were impacted by the hurricane’s Category 5 winds or damaged by serious flooding, with four to five feet of water inundating most buildings. A Nazarene assessment team has already traveled to the Bahamas, bringing aid packages with food and hygiene items. While they are there, they will be able to determine the best response. 

Hurricane Dorian, which is one of the strongest on record, is the first major hurricane to make landfall this year. As the Atlantic hurricane season continues, it is possible that even more damage will come to areas already damaged by Dorian or in the 2018 season. 

Please pray for those who are responding to the storm. 

Damage to Faith Church of the Nazarene, West End, Grand Bahama

How You Can Help

Pray for those who have lost loved ones, and pray for those facing loss of homes and livelihoods. Pray that those who need shelter will be able to find it. Pray for the swift delivery of the supplies and care they need, and pray for the months of recovery ahead. Pray for those who are most vulnerable during and after the storm, especially senior adults, individuals with disabilities, and people living in poverty. Pray for church leaders and churches responding to the needs around them. To send a prayer or note of encouragement, go to

Churches and individuals around the world can provide support through the 2019 Storm Response Fund. Donations will be used for immediate needs, such as water and food, as well as long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.

To send donations by mail:
In the U.S., make checks payable to “General Treasurer” and send them to: 
Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116
Be sure to put 134047 in the Memo area.

In Canada, make checks payable to “Church of the Nazarene Canada” and send them to:
Church of the Nazarene Canada
3657 Ponytrail Drive, Mississauga, ON | L4X 1W5
Be sure to put 134047 in the Memo area.

For any other country, give through your local church or district, designating your gift to 2019 Storm Response.