Relieving Hurricane and Earthquake Victims

by AMG Staff

Hurricane Stan recently devastated Guatemala. Hundreds of people died and thousands of homes were destroyed due to heavy rain and mudslides. Bridges and roads were washed away. Food and other necessities were in short supply for many days. The devastation was so severe that some areas where villages once stood have been declared mass graves. Recovery efforts were never begun.

Many of the areas in which AMG ministers were affected.

In Guatemala City, AMG's eight projects stayed open to offer assistance to children and families where possible. Temporary shelter was offered for families whose homes were flooded or damaged.

In the western province of Xela, the flooding tragically took the life of one sponsored child. Two AMG projects were completely flooded, and the pastor of the church that administers one of AMG's projects lost his home. AMG rushed food supplies and whatever assistance it could to that area as well.

Several projects in the east of the country were also closed. The road to one site was washed way and a bridge connecting two projects was also washed out. Crops were lost, and with them the annual income of many families with sponsored children.

Half a world away in Pakistan, the death toll from the recent earthquake exceeded 70,000 lives. Even so, AMG coworkers report that this tragedy presented a great opportunity to show Christian love in areas that are normally closed to the gospel. Much-needed items included tents to serve as temporary shelters, blankets, and basics such as food and water.

Over the past twelve months, AMG has been given opportunities to minister to victims of many disasters—the tsunami and earthquake in Asia, the two major hurricanes in the United States, and more recently, the disasters in Guatemala and Pakistan. We thank God for the opportunity to step in and help. We also thank God for the many generous folks who joined the effort through their prayers and gifts.

Please pray for our continuing relief efforts and for our co-workers as they minister in the name of Christ to all those who have been devastated by these disasters. 

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