Bahamian Victim of Hurricane Dorian Praises God for Miraculous Survival

Chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team cover Carmen Jones and her granddaughter, Jahnyah, in prayer after hearing how they survived Hurricane Dorian. (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

It’s been two months since Hurricane Dorian pummeled the Bahamas, leaving at least 61 dead, hundreds missing and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) has witnessed many make a profession of faith since deploying to the islands. They’re offering prayer and a listening ear to residents like Carmen Jones, who told chaplains she thought she was going to die.

As water poured into Carmen Jones’ home in Freeport, Grand Bahama, she prayed for help to come. She and her two grandchildren were caught in the strongest hurricane to ever hit the islands.

“Rescue never came,” Carmen explained to Billy Graham chaplains Miguel Cabrera and Gary Cain, sitting on her front porch amid the wreckage.

She recounted her 72-hour journey of survival.

Water was up to her neck when Carmen instructed Jahnyah (“Nyah”), 11, and Jahiaer, 8, to head to “the manhole,” or attic.

“None of us could swim,” Carmen said, describing how her grandchildren clung to her as she paddled down the hallway.

“I went underwater twice … almost drowned, but God blessed Nyah. Nyah pushed me back up—I don’t know how she did it.”

Placing a two-foot ladder below the manhole, they pushed Jahiaer, who was nearly hypothermic, into the attic. Then Carmen helped lift Nyah before trying to go up herself.

“I made an attempt to go up and fell back in the water—bajoom!” Carmen exclaimed.

Popping up from the waves, Carmen headed for the ladder again while saying to God, “I can’t make this.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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