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Port St. Lucie church vows to help rebuild churches in Bahamas after Dorian

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(WPEC)

The spirit of the Bahamian people rises from the rubble that Hurricane Dorian left in its path.

"She gave me a hug and kiss," said Brian Roskins, a Jensen Beach man who traveled to the Bahamas recently with items that were donated by a church in Port St. Lucie. "She grabbed me and pulled me in and couldn't thank me and the Lord enough."

Roskins said many families who have survived the rage of the storm's deadly hurricane-force winds and rain have found hope.

In a cellphone video that was recorded by Roskins, children are seen with a woman laughing and smiling as they were gifted food, water and toiletries.

"Thank you," is what the children said while waving to the camera.

Surrounded by destruction, this family - who lost everything - was able to smile again.

Roskins, who fought back tears, described what it's now like in the Bahamas.

"But until you can see it. It's hard to believe. You don't want to believe it. And when you see it, you can feel it and you can see the emotions on these people's faces. It's heartbreaking."

The heartache compelled Roskins and his church to lend a helpful hand. He and the City Church of the Treasure Coast are donating more than food and water.

"They're going to need pastors, volunteers who will pray," said Pastor Tim. "Not just rebuild the structure, the physical structure but also help to rebuild their hearts."

While holding hands, Pastor Tim and other churchgoers hold the people of Bahamas in prayer.

"There were tears that were flowing as we lifted up the people of the Bahamas," said Pastor Tim.

He said the City Church of the Treasure Coast will help in any way possible with the reconstruction of the island and its churches.

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