St. Eustatius gives thanks at end of hurricane season

Methodist School and Junior Choir performing “Every Praise is to Our God” during the service of thanksgiving.


ST. EUSTATIUS–A post-hurricane thanksgiving service was held on St. Eustatius Monday to give thanks for making it through a devastating season marked by death and destruction throughout the Caribbean region.

  The service was held at Bethel Methodist Chapel, where the attendees were welcomed by Church Stewart Maureen Rawlings.

  Religious leaders and congregants from the Methodist Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church, as well as several other churches on the island were in attendance.

  During the service, reverend of Bethel Methodist Church Vincia Celestine thanked “God for sparing our lives and being merciful to the island.”

  Prayers of general thanksgiving were said by Pastor Mevrille Hazel of Bible Baptist Church. He reminded everyone that even though Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused destruction to homes, these homes can be repaired with aid from the Dutch Government. “The contractors will have work and the trees have new growth,” Pastor Hazel said.

  Pastor Kathleen Plunkett of Apostolic Faith Mission was to say a prayer for all those persons affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, but due to illness she could not be present. Therefore, Tamara Richardson took up the mantle.

  The Methodist School and Junior Choir rendered an inspirational version of the song: “Every Praise is to Our God.”

  The thanksgiving service was well-attended even though many persons on the island were not aware that there was a service of this nature.

Source: The Daily Herald