+ When will donated goods arrive in the Bahamas?
Missionary Flights (MFI) is currently flying goods into West End and Freeport. In Freeport, the Salvation Army is receiving our goods and delivering them to the community. We are cleared to bring in items duty free in Grand Bahama and Abaco. MFI plans to fly in our DC-3 to the Marsh Harbour airport as soon as the runway is clear of debris/water and a load of 7,000 pounds of relief supplies is prepared. Our contacts on the ground must also be available to get the supplies from the airport to distribution points, or directly to boats, in order to get supplies out to other surrounding Islands.
+ Why is Disaster Relief funding important?
There are many costs associated with transporting goods. Our DC-3 aircraft costs about $5 for every mile that we fly. It is roughly 220 miles from our Hangar in Fort Pierce, FL, to Marsh Harbour. At a bare minimum, one round trip flight of relief will cost $2,200. Multiply this times the number of flights to distribute donated goods and the numbers will add up. Your donations to our disaster relief efforts will not only pay for the cost to fly the plane, but may also be used to purchase relief items as needed or used to financially assist our trusted pastors in the Bahamas.
+ Why should you use MFI?
Honestly, we know that we are not the only ones providing relief for the people of the Bahamas. Many other strong organizations are already doing it. We applaud the U.S. Coast Guard who made rescues even during the storm. In this moment, we want you to give as you feel the Lord has directed you. We have provided hurricane relief in the Caribbean for decades including responding in recent years to Hurricane Matthew, Irma, and Maria. We have relationships with many trusted pastors on Abaco and surrounding islands and will work with them to distribute the items. We know that we are accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ to Stand in the Gap with the supplies and funding that is donated to us and for the people that we have been equipped to help.
+ Why are you not accepting water?
Over the last few days we have received a massive amount of water donations. In order to immediately meet needs, we must reduce the amount of water that is in our hangar and reserve space for other items.