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Stripped of their meager possessions, the poor


have few resources after disaster strikes. Hurricanes, earthquakes and mudslides are doubly tragic. Their fragile shacks crumble under the pounding forces of hurricanes, or are buried in thick streams of mud caused by earthquakes and mudslides.


Homes can be rebuilt, possessions replaced. But lives


are forever lost. Sometimes all that’s left for survivors is faith. Faith survived for Uroy Thompson, 30, after


losing his two young daughters when Hurricane Ivan’s floodwaters swept over Jamaica in 2004. Their house began to flood as the water started rising. Uroy and Rebecca decided to evacuate. Uroy carried his 3-year- old daughter under one arm, and his 6-year-old son under another; Rebecca carried their other daughter in her arms. The water kept rising.


They prayed. And prayed. “It was the longest night.


I prayed hard all night. I prayed from beginning to end,” Uroy said.


The wind whipped the chest-high water into a white froth. The family fought to make their way toward higher


ground. As Uroy and Rebecca struggled to walk through the raging water, the storm surge engulfed them, drowning their poor, precious little girls in their arms. Only their 6-year-old son survived.


Sobbing afterward in what remained of their home, his wife clutched their daughters’ birth certificates while Uroy


believed that God would help them endure the piercing grief. Faith was all Uroy, his wife and son had left, and they clung to it like a rock. It was through our compassionate


donors that the community was rebuilt, and Uroy’s family and many other families who suffered horrific loss after the storm were helped. f


“I accept that it was God’s will,” Uroy said softly. “I still have faith in Him, and I know that


He will help us get through this.”


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