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A Thank You Letter from Victims of Hurricane Matthew

(Photo: Bishop Neil Ellis, GUF, The Bahamas)

As Hurricane Matthew damaged homes and brought devastation to many communities in the U.S. and the Caribbean, The Fellowship reached out in support of our ministry friends who needed to rebuild their communities. We provided $10,000 apiece in emergency relief to four of the largest African-American Christian church groups to help pay for food, medicine, power generators, baby care items, building and home repair materials for damaged churches and homes.

We recently received this moving letter from one of the churches provided a Fellowship grant:

Dear Rabbi Eckstein,

Let me, on behalf of the Global United Fellowship, extend sincerest gratitude to The Fellowship for the expression of love and kindness in the form of the grant following the passage of Hurricane Matthew.

Mount Tabor [his church] is located in the Pinewood Gardens community [Bahamas] and many of the residents there were severely affected by roof damages and flooding, and many were without light and running water for approximately 12-16 days.

On Tuesday, October 11, we visited 505 homes and took to each home a care package containing bread, drinking water, canned goods, rice, grits, cookies, etc. We also had a water truck accompany us to fill up containers of water. This is how we used the funds. No churches benefited as we felt that the “people’s needs” were more important at the time.

Thank you so much for the kind consideration of our people.

Amazed by God’s Grace,

Neil C. Ellis

Presiding Prelate

Over the past several years, The Fellowship has been building bridges with these African-American denominations, among the largest in the U.S. and which together represent tens of millions of people in North America and around the world. Over the past year, The Fellowship hosted leaders of these key denominations on trips to Israel to experience the Holy Land firsthand. We continue to reach out to these communities and can’t wait to see how our bond and friendship will grow.

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