Here is a note from some of our contacts in Guatemala. Could you take a minute and pray today for the people of Guatemala?
The Pacaya Volcano which is located 8 miles south of the Children’s Home (and 15 miles south of the airport) erupted on Thursday night about 7. It began raining small lava rocks and sand on the Children’s Home. Those living closer to the volcano had larger rocks falling. We understand that 3 people were killed.
The airport was shut down almost immediately. We had a summer intern on the way on a flight and he was diverted to San Salvador. He spent the night there and came on a bus with other passengers the next evening. We are thankful for Ethan’s arrival!
What started out as a Tropical Depression became Tropical Storm Agatha off of the Pacific Coast of El Salvador, Guatemala and southern Mexico. We have received a bunch of rain and it rained so much yesterday that we understand one day rainfall total records were broken going back to at least 1949. Some areas received more than 10 inches in a few hours. This has caused cleanup efforts for the airport runway to be delayed, and we are told that the airport may be closed for another 3-5 days.
However, there is much for which we can pray:
Our clinic is currently without a doctor. Pray that God will bring us his person to fill that position as soon as possible.
Ana Maria, our clinic receptionist, called this morning. Her family had to flee for their lives from their house last night due to a mud/rock slide. Their house is now filled with several inches of water and mud. Large boulders and tree trunks are strewn everywhere. We praise the Lord for protecting their lives!
The government just announced this morning that schools (both public and private) will remain closed the entire coming week. We are getting calls from neighbors, near and far, for help. A pastor friend reports 17 families near his church suffered roof damage on their houses, 5 of these are urgent and need immediate repair. They also need blankets and clothing. We are expecting the need for temporary shelter, food, clothing, medicine, etc. to increase. Though the storm made landfall on Guatemala’s south coast near the Mexican border and has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression, it is still dumping rain on the country and is forecast to do so for the next 2-3 days. So far it has left 13 dead, 24 missing and thousands evacuated from their homes.
Pray that we will be able to respond to as many folks with needs as possible and that the Lord will provide the resources to meet those needs. Our prayer is: "Lord, here we are, use us as You so desire. Allow us to minister to folks in your name, being your hands and feet, and showing them You."
We are all safe and for that we are thankful.
Kendon, Wendy and the NLCH Team