November 2020

Hurricane Eta Update

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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. In Guatemala, almost 100 people remain missing today, feared to be buried by a landslide.

Our ministry partner, Potter’s House, was particularly concerned about Chiquimula, where it has a community centre and many projects. The region was badly affected when Hurricane Eta caused the river Jupilingo (pictured below) to flood. The river runs alongside the towns of Camotan and Jocotan. Potter’s House organised to send a truck to these towns, filled with food and supplies for families seeking protection in shelters.

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Thank you to all of you who have been praying for Guatemala at this difficult time. And thank you to those who have donated - in just 2 weeks, you have raised over £1,200 for the ongoing relief efforts of Potter’s House. Praise God! You have already made such a difference to the lives of many…

Potter’s House Relief Efforts

We are pleased to share with you that the truck arrived safely, as planned, on Monday 9th November. Potter’s house distributed food and hygiene items, as well as clothes and work boots, to 120 families (around 600 people). Some of these families are sheltering at a local church which has allowed them to stay in their facilities. As you can see in the photos, this distribution was helped by the Police. In the long term, Potter’s House will continue working to build these communities' capacity to withstand events such as Hurricane Eta.

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