Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
“About 90% of the island is still without electricity, and around half without water supplies”, says Gisela Muñoz, of ABU (IFES) in Puerto Rico. Churches are working together to help rebuild the country.
A doctor visiting the Dominican Republic shares his thoughts after the storm.
At leas 14 people have died and many areas are left "barely habitable." Irma has been downgraded to a category four, but officials warn that it remains "extremely dangerous".