On A Wing And A Prayer

SAMARITANS Purse equipment arriving in Nassau.

SAMARITANS Purse equipment arriving in Nassau.

THE Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is sending chaplains to Nassau to help with the Samaritan’s Purse emergency field hospital that is being set up to treat COVID-19 patients.

The team is a crisis-chaplaincy ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

“After Hurricane Dorian, we sent more than 100 crisis-trained chaplains to four locations across The Bahamas.

“We consider it a blessing for our chaplains to return to the islands to serve alongside Samaritan’s Purse with the opportunity to share the hope found in Jesus Christ with the doctors, nurses, and the community,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the RRT.

“These coronavirus deployments are groundbreaking and different than anything we have done before.

“We have deployed to more than 450 natural and man-made disasters, but until this year we had never responded to a health crisis.”

RRT chaplains also served at emergency field hospitals that were set up in Cremona, Italy, New York City, and the Navajo Nation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week it was announced that Samaritan’s Purse – which offered assistance to Abaco and Grand Bahama in the wake of Hurricane Dorian – has partnered with the government to provide a 28-bed COVID-19 isolation and treatment unit.

The move will help to increase patient capacity as the country tries to deal with the pandemic.

The facility will be tents set up next to Princess Margaret Hospital. It will also serve as a COVID-19 referral centre for The Bahamas. It will not include ICU treatment. No ventilators will be provided nor operated by Samaritan’s Purse.

Samaritan’s Purse will provide the unit and all staffing to operate for three to six weeks. There will be 30 staff members, including medical professionals and operations staff.

The organisation will also provide infection prevention control training to protect Bahamian healthcare workers. Public health staff will work alongside Samaritan’s Purse. The treatment unit will be donated to the government upon Samaritan’s Purse’s departure. The set-up of the unit is expected to begin by the end of the week.

Samaritan’s Purse is an international, non-denominational, evangelical, Christian disaster relief organisation.


TalRussell 2 weeks, 1 day ago

The traveling Billy Graham rapid response pastoral team comrades, goin' have to deploy comrades be's equipped more than just sets wings and prayers to be buckin' heads 'a different, more tribally entrenched than any strain virus kinds kettle's of colonialism Sinfishes, the likes not even found in any spot across all of our African motherland. Shakehead once for Yeah, Twice for Not? Amen!


licks2 2 weeks ago

Carry ya hip and go dive in the sea somewhere. . .this country done lost it way with ignorant political minions in place of decision making! Welcome SP workers. . .I hope yinna never allow these dumb peoples them to lead any of yall activities!! Thanks for the help! Please ignore stupid comments like this one above!! There are many of us in this nation who are not connected to these lame brain political ninnies!! Thank you SP. . .


TalRussell 2 weeks ago

My Comrade, you might want shakehead relax brain for why you're responsive posting as if I'd sent you off PMH undergo a bilateral joint replacement?


benniesun 2 weeks ago

ignorant: Destitute of knowledge, either in general or with respect to a particular fact or subject

naïve: lack of sophistication or worldliness - not knowing what's going on

stupid: slow of mind, unimaginative, obtuse, insensitive

trust: If you trust someone, you believe that they are honest and sincere and will not deliberately do anything to harm you.

christian charity: an oxymoron


Greentea 2 weeks ago

"christian charity: an oxymoron" lmao!


TalRussell 2 weeks ago

My Comrade, there is no oxymoron in the contribution freely provided by members snd volunteers Samaritan's Purse to thousands of colony's POAL, including several forever thankful family members.


juju 2 weeks ago

Samaritan’s Purse helped Abaconians tremendously. They are a God-send. Am I the only Abaconian who appreciates SP? It is just sad that our Government cannot provide care to the people.


bahamianson 2 weeks ago

I thought we didn't like foreigners coming here. Send them back, we don't need their help. We can help ourselves. Send those white foreigners back. I get it, we only want their money, we don't want them.


xtreme2x 2 weeks ago

It would have been great if government would have used some permanent building that will be available for other uses after covid-19 and convert it to same setup as what SP is doing. but it is all good.

with the doctors and nurses getting covid-19 and complaining about other matters. It is time authorities consider hiring outside DOCTORS AND NURSES TO WORK.


tribanon 2 weeks ago

The less they have to do with our most incompetent and corrupt Minnis-led FNM administration, all the better.


DDK 1 week, 5 days ago

bahamianson, it is sadly and patently obvious that "we" are far too ignorant and corrupt to help ourselves. Without outside help many of us would be starving and thirsting to death. Unpleasant facts and therefore we must be eternally grateful to the international help rendered as our corrupt governments are both greedy and clueless.


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