We have all been shocked by the images coming out of the area around the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala this week. Many of us who have visited our ministry centre and programs there are familiar with seeing this volcano, just a few miles from our Duenas program, rumbling and sending up puffs of smoke and ash now and again – but nothing on this scale!
Our Guatemala Director, Steve McDaniel, and his wife Ana, were in the US when the eruption occurred but have been in constant touch with our teams in Guatemala. All our buildings and staff are safe, but not unaffected. A deacon at one of the churches has lost 8 members of his family – his parents, grandparents and 4 siblings. They lived in the village of El Rodeo, which was directly in the path of the lava flow. Everything is covered in a thick layer of ash and the air is thick with it also.
“Thanks to all of you for your prayers, concerns and generosity for our ministry in Guatemala. Although this situation developed very quickly it will not go away quickly. In addition to the lives that have been lost, many families have been displaced from their homes and have lost everything.
One of our Guards, Julio lives with his family in a small town called Rodeo. This area was hit very hard by the volcano. Julio and his family have been evacuated to Escuintla and today we sent food and supplies to them. I spoke with Julio and he informed me that he still has 10+family members unaccounted for. The government has completely closed Rodeo and has informed the people that they may not ever be able to return to their lands.
Even in this tragic situation God is moving. Although I feel bad that I can not personally be present, I take solace in that I have a very capable team. Today I sent my Associate Pastor Mario and Administrator Nery and they were able to not only provide material relief, but a powerful time of ministry took place also. Tomorrow we are sending 2 of our Living Water doctors to Escuintla along with more supplies. Once again thank you for helping. Together we are making a difference.”
At present we do not have information on individual children who attend the feeding programs, but those with a DU or JT prefix to their child number do live in the affected area, particularly DU children.
If you would like to help the victims of this disaster, please use the ‘donate’ button on the home page of our website, www.adopt-a-child.com, choosing the country where you live, and marking your donation for ‘Fuego Fund’