Puerto Rico is rising up from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but the U.S. territory continues to need The United Methodist Church’s help.
Thanks to your generosity, Bishop Bryan presented Bishop Hector Ortiz, bishop of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, with a check for $30,000 during the Council of Bishops meeting this week at Lake Junaluska.
“The spirit of our people is not destroyed,” Bishop Ortiz told the Council of Bishops. “The people of Puerto Rico are resilient. Led by the Holy Spirit, we are rising up.”
But, he added, “We can’t do it alone.”
He pointed to the ways church members are already helping the long recovery. With the support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and several United Methodist conferences, Ortiz said, the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico is providing essential supplies, health clinics and pastoral care to a storm-swept people.