November 2020

Hurricane Eta - Guatemala

Storm Eta

Context

Hurricane Eta first hit Nicaragua on 3rd November as a major hurricane with winds of 140mph and torrential rains. It then weakened into a tropical depression as it moved into neighbouring Honduras and later Guatemala. The storm is still regaining strength as it moves over Cuba and heads to Florida Keys.

There are around 150 people feared dead in Guatemala, 100 of them being killed by devastating landslides. Approximately 12,000 people are currently without a home across the North Eastern states. The President, Alejandro Giammattei, said rescue efforts are limited by the country having only one helicopter adequate for these operations. “We have a lot of people trapped [whom] we have not been able to reach,” he said. A state of emergency has been declared in many areas.

What is Potter’s House doing?

Our ministry partner, Potter’s House, is particularly concerned about Chiquimula, where it has a community centre and many projects. Some of you may sponsor a child there. The area has been badly affected by Hurricane Eta, with more than 5,000 people having been evacuated. Today (Monday 9th November), Potter’s House is sending a truck to Chiquimula, filled with food and supplies for families in shelters.

What can I do?

Please pray with us:

  • That the truck of supplies sent by Potter’s House will arrive safely in Chiquimula and will be a great help to families who are currently evacuated from their homes and left with nothing.
  • That Potter’s House team members would be a light in their community in Chiquimula, showing Jesus' compassion and love to those suffering.
  • For all those who have lost loved ones because of Hurricane Eta, that the Lord would bring comfort and peace.
  • For successful ongoing rescue efforts. Pray that people currently missing would be found alive and receive the care they need.
  • For Hurricane Eta to slow down and reduce in power so that it wouldn’t devastate anywhere else.

If you do feel able to give at this time, your donations will be much appreciated and will help Potter’s House to fund both the truck filled with food and supplies and ongoing relief. Thank you.