Restoration has begun following the destruction of some 30 units at the Ramon’s Village Resort in San Pedro. The establishment, which has been in operation since 1982, was partially destroyed by fire on Tuesday night. The institution’s design and construction personnel have been on the ground assessing damages and owner, Richard Headrick arrived in the country yesterday to make preparations for structure rebuilding. But this morning, there was rebuilding of the spirit, on the rubble grounds of the estate. Mr Headrick, General Manager Ramon Nunez and staff members were joined by the Evangelical Alliance of Pastors and Leaders for a time of devotion and prayer. Member of the Evangelical Alliance, Clive Welsh, shared with us details of the morning’s heartening meet.
It was this morning that Mr Richard Headrick, who is the owner of Ramon’s Village, had a time of devotions with his staff. He is an outstanding Christian man. He just really encouraged his staff from Isaiah chapter 61, focusing on God bringing beauty from ashes. He prayed with his staff and then he asked the Evangelical Alliance of San Pedro if we would pray for him and for the leadership as they begin the rebuilding process. It was quite an honor for us just to stand with them in prayer, and just be of encouragement and support to them at this time.
The alliance has had close ties with the resort and so they felt that it was their duty to lend encouragement to the proprietors and staff, who have for so long been there for them.
One of the biggest reasons is that we’ve had a relationship with Ramon’s, who had opened up their restaurant for us to meet once a month where we have our monthly meeting. He’s really been a blessing and encouragement, not to us personally, but to the various ministries here in San Pedro. We thought it was not just fitting, but our responsibility to come alongside of them in their time of devastation and great loss.
Clive Welch, a resident of San Pedro, was present during the almost 2and a half hour effort to get the fire under control. He recollected that night and further shared on what the past couple days have been like for the islanders.
I met with the staff briefly yesterday morning. They were still saddened by the loss. I think their main concern was just that they would be out of jobs. There are still a lot of emotions. One of the workers there found a salt shaker and a napkin holder, and she almost burst into tears when she found it in the rubble. So the sentiments are still quite emotional. Today however, after Mr Headrick shared with them, he really encouraged the staff that there is not going to be any loss of work, that they’re going to be rebuilding, and those who perhaps have never lifted a hammer will be assisting in that process. So he’s really encouraging them that they’re going to rebuild, and it’s going to be bigger and better than before, and that each one will still have a job. As much as they humanly can they will keep everyone employed and just to press on.
Towards the end they had all of the staff and the owners meet on the beach for some picture times. They made really fun and light of the situation, as each employee had a shovel in hand or something, just indicating that they were ready to get back to work.
The night of the fire, I was down there with my camera, and to just see the bucket parade forming, not just with residents and employees, but there were tourists and visitors from all over just pitching in with the water brigade line, probably about 50 people, just dousing the remains of the fire.
So you can see the community is really bouncing back. They’re really supporting of this, and Ramon’s is a part of the community. I think the community, by and large, is really jumping in, and just lending a hand . We felt it was just necessary to prayerfully support them, and just be a source of encouragement and spiritual exultation at this time, just the fact that God is in control. We may not understand what he’s doing but we know that He is in control and all things jsu work together for the good.
As we mentioned, forty of its cabanas and dive shop facility that weren’t affected by the fire are fully functional and open for business.