Just a little update on our situation. We believe that we have accounted for approximately 75 to 80% of the saints. We know of 6 households that have lost everything. The rest of the saints, although with some property losses, are ok. Three meeting halls suffered much: Trujillo Alto, Arecibo, and Toa Alta.
The infrastructure of the island continues to be weak. Although many provisions are in the ports of PR, the government has not been able to effectively distribute them to the communities, stores, etc.
The government is giving priority to the hospitals, and 53 are already functioning. Because they have priority in receiving diesel and gas, other businesses are not yet receiving at the same speed. As such, the lines to buy gasoline are about 5 hours in metro areas, and 10 to 12 in other parts of the island. Many Puerto Ricans are moving off the island to the states these days, as some of the airlines are presenting very low offers.
Please not that US airmail is not distributing correspondence. If someone wants to know if a letter or package has come, it is necessary to go to the US mail offices to check. Of course, there are very long lines. Please tell the saints not to use this service at this time. UPS is also not working in the island these days.
The saints are beginning to meet according to their capacity. We had a very sweet table with the saints praising and full of thanksgiving. We are just full of expectation seeking the Lord on how He wants to move these days.
If you would like to donate to the saints in Puerto Rico, please send an offering to the Church in Irvine and designate it clearly “for Puerto Rico.”