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Dear BMS Friends,
There was a tragedy in the village of Seine Bight two days ago.  A fire destroyed a series of apartments known locally as the "Long Barracks."  These are very small, single room, low-income apartments that were located north of our Christ Lutheran Church building on the opposite side of the side street.  Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but all the apartments and their contents were completely destroyed.  Many families, some with kids, lost everything.   Here's a news story of the event with an interview of our friend Kirwin:
BMS immediately began working with Kirwin, the village council, and our missionaries on the ground to organize a relief effort, but just as a final plan was beginning to take shape we received the wonderful news that the greater Seine Bight community and village council were doing an excellent job of rallying and providing the necessary support for the fire victims all on their own.  The advice we are receiving from our local contacts in Seine Bight was to hold off on our financial and supply support for the time being to allow and encourage the internal, local support of the village. 
Many of you have already reached out and asked how you can help.  Thank you for that.  We appreciate your love and concern.  For now we ask that you join us, our missionaries on the ground, and the members of Christ Lutheran Church of Seine Bight in prayer for the victims and the efforts of the community.  There may very well be opportunities for us to help the victims in the future in some unique ways.  They have a long road ahead of them.  If and when those more long-term needs pop up we will keep in contact with you concerning what you can do to help.

God Bless You,
Pastor Duane Meissner  

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