Nazarenes Affected by Earthquakes in Guatemala28 September 2011
After 4 earthquakes hit about 30 miles southeast of Guatemala City in a matter of 90 minutes on Monday, September 26, 2011, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is responding to the needs of the people in the Southeast District of Guatemala. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes, and the city of Cuilapa has been declared in a state of emergency for 30 days. Many stores, banks, and government offices have closed, and all schools have cancelled classes for the time being. There are 48 families of the Church of the Nazarene in Cuilapa and its mission type churches, including the pastor and his family, that have been moved to temporary housing, sleeping in tents and under tarps in the courtyard of the hospital, a school, and in soccer fields.
District leaders and the area coordinator of NCM, Ronee Poe, have visited the affected sights and are evaluating the situation further. The Church of the Nazarene has already provided water for over 2,000 people and there is a plan is in progress to take food to each families of the Church of the Nazarene as well as providing other resources to the community. The local church in Cuilapa is working with NCM and Evangelism by organizing Vacation Bible Schools with the children, Bible studies and prayer meetings with the adults, and JESUS Film showings in the areas where people are temporarily housed.
Please pray for the people affected by these earthquakes.
-Source: Ronee Poe, NCM Area CA-4, Mesoamerica Region