Kentucky missionaries living in Hurricane Maria's destruction staying focused on mission

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- A family that sold everything they owned to move to Puerto Rico for mission work is still recovering from Hurricane Maria nearly three weeks after it left its wrath on the area.

The Sharpetas are on the island of Vieques, less than 10 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico where Maria slammed the islands.

"They estimate electricity will be out for the next six months and the evidence of that is seen everywhere," says Andy Sharpeta. "As you drive around you're constantly driving over downed wires."

The family moved to the area not expecting to go into a future disaster zone. Although they say things are not in good shape, they say the reason they are down there will continue to be their goal.

"We're here to start the church and a church in any area of the world has to help its community and that's a spiritual help. To get to the heart, you obviously have to help them with the physical."

The family left WKYT a voicemail a couple weeks ago painting a picture of what they are in the middle of. They say currently downtown Puerto Rico is the hub for supplies that are quickly running out every day. They say only a few satellite phones are floating around for people to use to call loved ones.

The Sharpetas now continue to ask Kentuckians to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.

"We're thinking about Kentucky, thinking about you guys back home and, of course, appreciate all of your prayers."

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