Kentucky missionary family survives Irma; ready to help community
SAN JUAN, P.r. - As Hurricane Irma continues to devastate areas of Florida and surrounding islands, one Kentucky family who moved to Puerto Rico a few months ago has made it through their first hurricane experience.
"The locals here were coming by and saying we missed the big one."
The Sharpeta family moved to Puerto Rico as missionaries earlier this year along with their four children. They focus their time working at a local church.
The family says they have never experienced anything like what they went through when Erma made way into their community.
"Our house was so tight that in the back room it has metal shutters and that was probably the scariest room to be in because the metal shutters were shaking and producing quite a bit of racket." says Andy Sharpeta.
Luckily the families home did not suffer any major damage but they say they now want to turn their attention to the reason they came down here in the first place; to help people.
"Still cleaning up here and then we need to get into the community."
The family of six says they will be holding their second church service this Sunday and then will hit the streets of Puerto Rico to help anyone in need.