...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