The Bahamas has always taken great pride in being a Christian nation and has never been shy about expressing the fact that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.
Hurricane Joaquin is not the first hurricane to create a stumbling block to our national development but history has shown that each time The Bahamas was knocked down we have collectively turn the stumbling block into a stepping stone by getting up and emerging even stronger and better. This recent tragedy and our current national rebuilding, recovery and restorative undertaking will be no different.
WE AS A NATION WILL EMERGE FROM THIS TRIAL WITH A MUCH STRONGER NATIONAL RESOLVE AND WITH GREATER COMPASSION. WE WILL BE BETTER OVERALL!
So in a spirit of charity, goodwill and in tribute to that courageous and indomitable spirit that defines the Bahamian people, I present the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, with a check in the amount of $50,000 to assist with the ongoing relief efforts.
Additionally, I take this opportunity to thank all those you have actively participated in this impressive national relief effort and make another clarion appeal to those who have not yet joined this movement of love and sharing, to please become a part of this national relief and rebuilding effort on behalf of our affected brothers and sisters in the central and southern Bahamas during their time of trial, difficulty and great need. It is the right thing to do.
It is written, ‘Love thy neighbor and thyself.’
It is also written that what we have done unto the least among our brethren, we have done unto God. These principles of love form the foundation of our Christian teachings.
Today it is me but tomorrow it could be you.