A Word From Mr. Satterly—September 5, 2019

He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves, ‘Quiet, be still!’ Then the wind died down, and it was completely calm.” — Mark 4:35–41

Dear WA Community,

After watching Hurricane Dorian hover over the Bahamas, this scripture seems the appropriate one to recall. The storm not only reminds us of the power and might of our God over all things, but it also highlights the brokenness of our world. As we begin to see the full scope of our neighbor’s devastation, the early reports and images are shocking. They echo how this is not the way things are supposed to be. Encountering the storm in Mark 4, Jesus stood up and overpowered it. When we face earthly destruction, we must remember He conquered not only death, but He is conquering the brokenness of our world.

Gratefully spared from the hurricane’s path, we return to normal activities. However, we come face-to-face with the reality that many will not. Because this storm dealt an unprecedented amount of damage to our neighbors, only the U.S. Coast Guard and sizable government/non-government organizations can currently access the most distressed areas. The primary need is emergency medical care, shelter, food, supplies, and access to clean water. With over 150 churches represented within the WA community, we encourage you first to join your church’s efforts to help the Bahamas.

Westminster Academy will collaborate with Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (CRPC) in hurricane relief efforts to support Samaritan’s Purse. Yesterday, this Christian relief organization landed aircraft in the Bahamas with experts in disaster response as well as supplies. Their team says the storm was more catastrophic than they first thought in both damage and human life. If you would like to support their efforts financially, please visit On that page, you will also see the emergency supplies the church is gathering to distribute to Banyan Air.

Samaritan’s Purse provides us the best course to initially engage. Many in our school community have connections with the Bahamas. There will be opportunities for more direct participation in the weeks and months ahead. In our Portrait of a Graduate, we proclaim that our graduates are compassionate contributors who seek to help those who cannot help themselves. In the aftermath of this catastrophic storm, we believe the opportunities to show the love of Christ and come to the aid of others will ultimately bring glory to our great God.

Continue to pray for the Bahamas. Please also remember the Samaritan’s Purse team as they respond first with relief and then by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Finally, pray for those who remain in the storm’s path.

Grace and Peace,


Joel T. Satterly