On Sunday, May 20, Pastor Evelyn Torres-Ramirez traveled from Lares, Puerto Rico to First Presbyterian Church in West Elmira. She wanted to thank the church for sending a group of volunteers to help rebuild her community’s homes.
Torres-Ramirez, a church pastor from Lares, witnessed the destruction Hurricanes Irma and Maria left on the Carribean island in 2017. Homes were destroyed, leaving people to pick up the remnants. She also witnessed the generosity and hard work those volunteers did.
The volunteers went to Lares to repair hurricane-damaged homes. They made multiple trips and raised money, equipment, and tools to make sure those homes could be repaired.
“Seeing the church in action where a member of the body of Christ from so far have come to where I am,” Torres-Ramirez said, “and has helped brothers and sisters that are in need only reinforces this belief that we are all alike.”
Torres-Ramirez was First Presbyterian Church’s VIP guest Sunday morning during church service. She was the point-of-contact for the volunteers in Lares and her church served as a home-base for the group.
She returns to Puerto Rico on Monday and said she hopes the partnership between the churches continues.