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Help us help the people of Ha'apai
$1,355 raised
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Almost two years ago our family sold everything we had in the U.S. and moved to the South Pacific island of Tonga. Our purpose here is to love and serve the Tongan people and share what God has done for us.  A month ago we had Cyclone warnings ...

Almost two years ago our family sold everything we had in the U.S. and moved to the South Pacific island of Tonga. Our purpose here is to love and serve the Tongan people and share what God has done for us.  A month ago we had Cyclone warnings so we did the best we could to tie down our house and secure everything.  Thankfully, Cyclone Ian missed the main island we live on but unfortunately the category 5 storm destroyed the Tongan island group of Ha'apai.  

There is nothing left.  Chris has gone up twice with the group Samaritan's Purse and witnessed the devastation.  Houses gone, Completely gone.  Water tanks (the island's main source of drinking and washing) ruined or dirty.  Crops gone.  Trees uprooted and bare.  Animals dropping from the heat.  This once beautiful island has been stripped bare and left struggling to put their lives back together.  Any hope of  tourism income is gone for the next few years.  Food and water prices skyrocketing as the storm destroyed food crops.

Samaritan's Purse is sending tarps to help and they are sending Chris to help distribute tarps to some of the outer islands.  Samaritan's Purse has been awesome and they are sponsering Chris to do this.  Chris's expenses are covered but we are family and we feel strongly we do these things together. Our original plan was to stay up there for 3 months since we were told we had a free place to stay.  But that fell through so our plan is to stay from 10 days to 2 weeks.  We are looking to raise the money so our whole family can go and help.  The money raised will cover our lodging, food, and water for ourselves and to give to the people who need it.  We will help deliver tarps to the islands and help put them on.

http://news.yahoo.com/strong-cyclone-hits-tonga-killing-least-1-012835953.html

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