That day the local pastor began knocking on doors to warn people to get out and to assess their conditions. As the water rose people scrambled for higher ground, in most cases that was the roof of their homes. There they were trapped with no food or water or a safe way of getting down. Whole families from the town were stuck there. Then David heard the rescue helicopter flying overhead. The crew were instructing everyone to prepare only the children as a first priority taking them to a nearby refuge center. David was one of the children taken from his parents arms into a helicopter not knowing if he would see them again.
Hurricane Mitch killed over 11,000 people due to flooding and mudslides caused by the tremendous amount of rain it brought. Honduras was hardest hit. Following any disaster of this nature there are several other social impacts; school attendance decreases, diseases spreads, food production is diminished and malnutrition rates increase in places where the rate is already high.
Now, in November 2020, hurricane Eta has once again unleashed destruction in Central America and the exact same area as back in 1998. David’s town once again was flooded and residents belongings floated away. David is here in Canada working and struggles with the news that his family did not have clean water or food for 5 days. There is little he is can do to help them so far away. He would like to send money home but right now there isn’t any infrastructure to support that.
As a wise pastor once taught, in the face of disaster look for the helpers. And we can see that through this story. David’s parents and pastors supporting their community, the rescue workers and family friends taking David in back in 1998. And now in 2020 we want to share with you that some of our brothers in Christ, fellow greenhouse workers took it upon themselves to take an offering of money to support the workers whose families are directly affected by this disaster. We hope to connect those funds with missionaries providing relief in the area.
We just want to take these minutes to share with you this story and to ask that you pray for the lives of those affected near and afar. Also for God to restore homes, reunite families, provide necessities and especially for hope and faith that for many has been lost.