Thinking about summer? Plan a mission trip to aid the victims of Hurricane Matthew. The storm caused death and destruction in the Caribbean and southeastern U.S. from September 28 to October 10, 2016. Consider a follow-up trip next year since these areas will need help with cleanup and reconstruction for years to come.

Hurricane Matthew Annihilates the Caribbean

In the Caribbean, Hurricane Matthew obliterated Haiti with massive flooding, causing an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to over 200,000 homes and other structures. The hurricane then soaked parts of Cuba, creating devastating floods. Finally, it ravaged the Bahamas with widespread flooding and huge storm surges. The storm destroyed many homes, roads, schools, businesses and government buildings.

Deadly Storm Thrashes Southeastern U.S.

After pounding the Caribbean, Hurricane Matthew moved on to the southeastern U.S. The storm hit North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia, causing major flooding and power outages in all four states. North Carolina took the brunt of the storm, with an estimated $1.5 billion in damage to over 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings. Many areas are still flooded – people had to leave their homes, and many businesses are still unable to open.

See the following posts for more information on areas you can help through mission trips: 

Mission Trip Ideas and Other Outings for Your 12-Month Youth Calendar

New Orleans Mission Trip Ideas


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