Our village in Guatemala has been devastated by flooding from Hurricane Eta! Praise the Lord all the families are safe but they have lost their homes and all their belongings. Our church, school, leather shop are destroyed as well….But we are not! We will rise up from this….Together!
The future is in God’s hands and for that we are thankful. We don’t know what is going to happen but He does. I have faith that however he uses this trial in all our lives, and however hard it will be to walk this out, it is going to be good. Because God is good! We will see great change and great blessings! We know he has not brought us to this place to leave us. He has prepared us all for the work he has ahead. We will eagerly go where he leads and we are ready to do whatever He asks of us! Please pray with us!
Thank you so much for coming to this page so you can bring help and hope to these families through your financial donation!
Right now our biggest concern is meeting the most basic needs like food, water, clothing, shoes. We will also need to set up a kitchen for cooking with plates, cups, etc for these families to use at the shelter that will house them until new homes can be built. We are certain the needs will grow substantially very quickly. Please prayerfully consider how you can help!
Please make checks payable to Passion 4 Guatemala and write in memo Hurricane fund
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Passion 4 Guatemala, 445 Abbitt Branch Road, Appomattox, VA 24522
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When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; Isaiah 43:2-3a
Thank you again for your donation! Please check back for updates on our progress in the rebuilding this village!
Thank you so much to everyone that has been messaging us your prayers and concern for everyone here. It has been overwhelming to say the least! Walking through the village is incredibly heartbreaking and no video or picture can capture the devastation…5 homes from Hope of Life village were washed completely away! Most are filled with nothing more than sand and debris from the river. These families only have what they carried out that night and a few things some families could salvage. They have no clothes or shoes except what they had on their back that night or carried in a bag.
The river receded by the next morning and left a totally new landscape in its path. The rivers path now runs through the road leading to Hope of Life International. The river left 5 feet of sand and sediment in some places and carved a 20 foot ravine through the middle of the village.
The families went back to see what they could salvage but it was very little. They are now living in Pata Galana, Llano Verde and with family and friends throughout the community. They are devastated and scared and the uncertainty of their future has them feeling even more uncertain of what to do.
The one thing we keep hearing from the families is “please don’t forget us!” They are so afraid of being forgotten! They are afraid to use any money to rent because they are afraid they will be forgotten and the money will run out and they will be homeless. One mom asked if her children would be able to finish school..would we still give them scholarships because she wants her family to be educated.
One of the fathers found a place for his family but they can not continue to live there for an extended period because of COVID and the lack of work here. And now the flooding has cut all access to here from the east and west. The bridge in Gualan is washed away as is the bridge here at HOL.
He asked us if they did this would we forget them! It broke my heart! We assured him that wouldn’t happen. We told him how it blessed us to see him do what is best for his family. And that they are our family, we love them and we will continue to do all we can for them.
They are mourning all that was lost (security, safety, neighbors)and they are seeking answers to ease their concerns. And at the same time they are hopeful! They are praising God that their lives were spared and they have each other! They know God is with them and that their lives have value! They see the destruction but they also see the miracle that God saved each life!
They are not forgotten! By God or us!
No matter where they go or what the future holds, We will not forget them! Passion 4 Guatemala and Hope of Life International has already started receiving many donations to help these families! We will rebuild but the reality is that they need help now! Would you please consider giving?
I wanted to take a moment to update you all on the progress here on the ground in Guatemala. It has been a crazy busy few days! The families have moved to Rosario, which is about 10 minutes from Hope of Life International. HOL, ladies from Llano Verde, groups from around Guatemala and Passion 4 Guatemala have been providing these families with their meals, clothing and water. It has been such a blessing to see everyone come together to bring these families what they need.
Foods bags were given out yesterday to families that are living with other families or renting rooms. The others will be taken to Rosario so the families will have food there and the mothers will begin to cook for themselves. The moms are looking forward to this! Yesterday morning we did some excavating around the leather shop to see what we could find. The team is hoping to make bracelets out of the leather to sell to help raise money to rebuild! We were able to recover some backpacks and leather.
We found a huge pipe that has running water from the village and we cleaned everything up! It was a blessing for all of us to get together and work together to accomplish this yesterday!
Yesterday afternoon and into the evening, laughter could be heard everywhere at the school in Rosario! It was such a sweet sound of God restoring joy and hope to these families. We know the road ahead will be challenging but we know God is holding each precious life in his hand. He is the giver of peace and joy and hope! Plans are already moving forward to rebuild and we hope to announce soon where that will happen. Thank you so much to everyone that has been giving so generously! If you haven’t given, would you please consider help