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Churches respond after hurricanes, earthquake strike Latin America


The Category 5 storm weakened as it crossed Nicaragua, sparing much of neighboring Honduras. Workers with medical mission Predisan helped officials in the city of Catacamas prepare community shelters and transport families from low-lying areas to the shelters, said Martha Rivera, the ministry’s executive director.
“Thank God that things turned out better than we expected,” Rivera said.
Two weeks before Felix, Hurricane Dean claimed lives and damaged church buildings as it stormed through the region. The storm damaged church members’ homes and the Jamaica School of Preaching in Kingston. Francis Yorke, the school’s deputy director, and churches across the island are distributing aid.
The Church of Christ Primary School in Corozal, Belize, was used as an emergency shelter as Dean made landfall, said Bob Wolfert, director of North Belize Medical Missions in Bryan, Texas. Wolfert and Belize church members surveyed the damage recently and delivered supplies to help people rebuild their homes.
“The more deliveries we made … the more people would stop us and want us to see their situation,” he said. “Every story was sad. The damage was devastating. The need is real.”
Meanwhile, churches continue to send aid to the South American nation of Peru after a mid-August earthquake killed more than 500 people and destroyed more than 60,000 homes. Tomas Parillo and other Peruvian church members are assessing needs. Ministries, including Global Samaritan Resources, White’s Ferry Road Relief Ministries and Healing Hands International, are assisting in relief efforts.
Ministries responding to natural disasters in Latin America:
Healing Hands International, Nashville, Tenn. — collecting funds for victims of multiple disasters.
 
Good Samaritan Resources, Abilene, Texas, collecting funds for hurricane victims and other needs in Central America.
 
Mision Para Cristo, Nicaragua, collecting funds for hurricane victims in Nicaragua.
 
West Broward Church of Christ, Plantation, Fla., collecting funds for hurricane victims in Jamaica.
 
North Belize Medical Missions, Belize, collecting funds for hurricane victims in Belize. Contact Central Church of Christ, 1600 E 29th St., Bryan, TX 77802.

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