We returned to church and told the Elders and Sisters that it was treacherous outside and that we needed to end the party. It was decided that the two Elders and two Sisters from Vieux Fort would spend the night, the sisters with us and the Elders with a set of Elders who lived below the Church. Elder Gubler asked Elder Larson who had driving privileges to take the truck with the other Elders to their apartment up North while we had the car with the Sisters. It was difficult distinguishing the road with the other terrain as there was so much water. We were half way home when we got a call from the Elders saying they had ran the truck into a deep ditch. We quickly turned around and went back to the Church. The mishap happened down the road from the Church, so the Elders in the truck walked back to the Church. After not being able to find anyone to pull out the truck, it was decided to have all eight Elders stay in the apartment below the Church. We found out later that they all went downtown Castries helping push stuck vehicles and carrying people across flooded streets.
We then proceeded with the Sisters back to our apartment. On the way we went through deep water where a bridge was flooded and was so nervous about stalling the car as there were a number of cars stalled. Then we encountered another bridge which was flooded and nobody was moving. We thought about heading back to the Church but was stuck between the two bridges that were flooded. We could not go North or South. I called a member to ask if there was another way around, but there was not. The power was out and it was completely dark.
The days after the storm, Elder Gubler worked with Church Headquarters in Salt Lake, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Trinidad, and Florida to get relief supplies delivered to St. Lucia. There are currently 2000 hygiene kits on the way and money was supplied to purchase drinking water. He has been working with the government who will help deliver these supplies. We also want to coordinate with the Church the delivery of other items, such as clothing and blankets. The humanitarian efforts of the Church are big. I'm so thankful to be a member of this Church who helps so many countries around the world in times of disasters. The Missionaries have also been giving service to others in need. Many of the people went days without water. The Vieux Fort Missionaries went a whole week without water. Luckily, they had emergency water that they stored. We thought that we would have to pull them out of Vieux Fort, but the water was turned on New Years Day.
This Christmas has been very memorable and rewarding. We're thankful that we were here to assist the Missionaries and also help St. Lucia. I have included a link showing the devastion of the storm.
I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you all a wonderful safe New Year.
Mission truck, thankfully, Elder Gubler
drove it out. We were so afraid it was
going to tip over.
Driving through mud on the way to Vieux
Fort, Christmas Day.
Damage in Vieux Fort.
Damage to road to Vieux Fort
Picture from news article, we saw
several vehicles in strange places.
A lot of mud!
Christmas Eve party
Missionaries listening to devotional on
Zone Conference in St. Vincent
The Sisters at Zone Conference