MISSIONARY ASSISTANCE FOR CENTRAL AMERICA HURRICANE

Distributing to the necessity of the saints. Romans 12:13

You Didn’t See it in the NEWS

While the eyes of our nation are turned inwards with concerns about Covid-19, losses of livelihoods due to attempts by our government to control the spread of the illness, and political infighting, Central America, is facing a crisis of epic proportions.

Few national news outlets are reporting, but concerning Honduras alone, The Guardian states:

The last time Honduras suffered a natural disaster of this scale was in 1998, when Hurricane Mitch – the worst natural disaster in Central American history… devastated much of the country’s infrastructure. Central America is now facing a looming humanitarian crisis which may be of even greater proportions…..Just two weeks after Hurricane Eta brought widespread flooding and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, Honduras was battered by a second hurricane, Iota, leaving a level of destruction in its wake that rivals the worst natural disasters in the region’s history. The second, much larger storm, has destroyed many areas largely spared by Eta and increased the flood damage in already stricken areas…

November 2020 – A Double Punch

Again, as in 1998 when the harvest season was getting underway, Central America has been devastated by not one, but two hurricanes. Before 2020, only four category 4 or 5 hurricanes had ever made landfall in Nicaragua. Now two have landed within two weeks, traveling mainly though Honduras and southern Guatemala, but affecting the entire region from Tabasco in Southern Mexico to the north, all through Central America to Costa Rica and Panama in the south.

Due to the storms, hundreds of thousands have fled their homes, leaving nearly everything behind. They are crowded into shelters, simply existing there with minimal resources where they will be subject to disease, illness and malnutrition. The Guardian continues:

This unprecedented double blow comes on top of the Covid-19 pandemic, which had already depleted government resources and left many people unemployed in one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Back then the international community rushed in with billions in aid. This time around global attention – and depleted finances – are focused on the coronavirus pandemic…

After the Storm, A Bright Outlook – History

In 1998, as Mitch passed slowly over the land, what would have normally been three years’ worth of rain saturated Central America in just five days. Flood and wind swept away homes, contaminating ground water and destroying dams, bridges and roadways. As the harvest was just beginning, severe crop damage contributed to the deprivations. At that time, we were in contact with many of the pastors in the hardest hit regions of Honduras and Nicaragua.

Thankfully, no lives were lost, but the believers in many areas were in great need of physical assistance. We were able to travel there, taking with us emergency supplies and financial assistance. The need for ongoing support became evident as the people not only required the basics such as food, pure drinking water and medical supplies, but needed to rebuild homes and livelihoods. The believers in these countries were willing to do the work, making great sacrifices in time and energy to help those in need, but lacking the financial resources.  Over the next year and beyond as needed, we were able to provide financial help through the generous giving of those who could share. We heard later that the assistance from Believer’s International literally meant the difference between life and death, by making it possible for them to feed their families, rebuild and plant new crops.

 

 

How Can We Help?

...Is the question many have been asking.

Reports are just now starting to trickle in as we re-establish contact. To date, we have received no report of the loss of life, but there does exist a need for financial assistance. Judging by our experience with the relief and recovery needs after hurricane Mitch, we expect to hear of similar needs for food, pure water, medical supplies and building materials. Through trusted contacts in each area we will assess the situation and determine the level of assistance as we are led of the Lord to provide. As always, the brethren in these countries want and expect to do their part so they will provide time and labor. In the past, we have found it is best to send money and allow them to purchase supplies and equipment within their own countries. We avoid not only exorbitant import fees and delays, but also support the local economies.

An interesting side note: Recently, the brethren in Honduras took possession of Church Age books intended for distribution in Central America. After languishing for months in customs due to complications caused by Covid-19, the books were finally released just about the same time as the storms struck. Believers in Canada and the US willingly sponsored the printing, so the books arrived free of charge. Within each country the believers there will do their part by traveling to pick up, or pay for delivery of the books.  In total, deliveries of 5,000 Church Age books each went to:

Mexico: for distribution in Mexico
Honduras: for distribution in Central America
Columbia: for distribution on the west coast of South America
Uruguay: for distribution in central and eastern South America

Needs?

Currently we are just beginning to receive reports of the needs, but there are 3 situations for which we are already planning to provide.

  1. Brother Enrique: Needs help to rebuild a house washed away by the flood.
  2. Brother Nilson: The church constructed of split bamboo with a tin roof was blown away. We will help to rebuild, perhaps using a material a bit better than bamboo if it can be found.
  3. Brother Maldonado: Known to many believers in remote locations, he has received a call for assistance to rebuild 2 houses that have been completely destroyed in a mountain village. The villagers will harvest the lumber they need from the forest, but we can provide tin roofing and nails. If possible, we will also purchase a chain saw to assist them in harvesting the lumber. After the materials are purchased, then the trip begins. He will hire a boat to travel 8 hours upstream on the river. The villagers will meet him, after which they will hand-carry the supplies on a 7-hour hike up into the mountains. This brother is a consecrated and dedicated missionary to his own people.

Future Plans

Check back later. We will add photos and periodic updates to the website as more information becomes available.

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