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First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Ryan Tucker asked his congregation on Sunday for a love offering to fund a plane flight loaded with supplies bound for the Bahamas after the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian.

Within 24 hours of Tucker’s appeal to his Orangeburg congregation, members of First Baptist raised $8,748 to fund four flights of supplies to the Bahamas.

The flights are flown by Missionary Flights International based out of Fort Pierce, Florida. This non-profit organization was founded in 1964 and transports affiliated missionaries, supplies and hope to areas affected by devastation, now including the people of the Bahamas.

Kevin Straton is a pilot for Missionary Flights International and a life-long friend of Tucker’s. Straton has visited First Baptist on several occasions to speak about the services provided by Missionary Flights International.

First Baptist is now asking other members of the Orangeburg community to join in providing hope and healing to the Bahamian people. Donations may be sent to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 637, Orangeburg, S.C. 29116 with a designation for Bahamas relief.

All assistance must be in the form of monetary donations. Physical items cannot be accepted.

NOTE: The update to this story corrects the spelling of Kevin Straton's name.

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