Guatemala Volcano Response Update
After the volcano...
A report from Guatamala
After the eruption of Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala on June 3, 2018, local Nazarene churches immediately offered help. Various churches and districts from the Mesoamerica Region sent aid, supported regionally and globally. The local Church of the Nazarene in Escuintla opened its doors to receive, sort, package, and deliver what was received to those most impacted by the disaster. Members of the congregation assembled 300 crisis care kits. The local districts partnered with Guatemalan government emergency agencies to distribute donations and reach out to evacuees. A team of doctors from Mexico organized quickly and spent a week working among evacuees. One local team volunteered to clean and maintain bathrooms in the shelters. This is the church at work in the midst of a crisis!
The Guatemalan government then requested the church minister in shelters among children suffering from the trauma of forced displacement. Volunteer teams participated at different shelters providing emotional and spiritual care to these children through the use of puppets, crafts, songs, and Bible stories. Through these outreaches, many children opened their heart to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Moving forward, the church will continue meeting immediate needs, and plans are underway to strategically design a response that will “come alongside” displaced families, providing long-term care in tandem with governmental response. Connections are being made with several humanitarian aid organizations for additional donations that will aid most in the days to come. Churches are planning to augment the construction of government-issued temporary housing for evacuees with additional rooms for families in need, as well as providing basic furniture and water filters.
The church in Guatemala is thankful to be part of a global church who have prayed and supported their brothers and sisters in need. Continue to pray for the people in Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Alotenango, and church and district leaders as they continue to extend compassion in the days to come.
Coordinadora, Ministerios de Compasión
Area NorCentral, Región Mesoamerica
Photos: Comunicaciones NorCentral