At least a dozen Alliance families have experienced severe to total loss of their homes in and around Panama City, Florida. Currently, local Alliance churches with the support of CAMA Services are working hard to help restore the significant amount of damage that this town suffered from Hurricane Michael. Enid Cherry, assistant to the Southern District superintendent, wrote on October 15:
“Phil Hagar, Southern District superintendent, is in Panama City with representatives from CAMA Services and our pastors to assess the situation and develop an action plan for relief efforts. We sincerely appreciate those who have responded with offers to help and donate, and those who are faithfully praying for the communities, families, and individuals who are recovering from this disaster.
“We are seeking God’s provision as we attempt to meet the needs in Panama City, since just last year we sent the entire balance of our disaster relief fund to provide relief to those in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria. God is already providing!
“A church outside our district collected enough resources to fill a 26-foot truck with tarps, generators, chainsaws, and other essential materials that are unavailable but in great demand. We already stand amazed at the ways God uses His people to solve problems and answer prayers.”
Phil Lohmeyer, a disaster coordinator who assists CAMA Services in situations like these, reported that:
“Panama City and the area look like a war zone. Electric power remains out, and the best estimate is that it will be restored October 28. There is a lot of fear, and there has been looting and violence because of the scarce resources. The largest need is for financial support, as this will be a long-term recovery process.”