The recent disastrous flood waters swept through the homes of almost all the members of 2 of Pastor Apolinaria’s churches in Montellanos and Imbert. They have suffered tremendous loss. As the pastor of the Montellanos church brought us through the homes, each person told us the same story. On Friday evening the river rose from chest high in some of their houses to the top of the ceiling in others.
|A home hanging over|
the edge of a riverbank
All that is left in many homes are a muddy floor and four walls. They look like small abandoned buildings. In most houses, the beds, couches, clothes, and cooking utensils were either swept away or are not usable. In one of the worst areas affected by the flood, 9 homes are hanging over the edge of the river bank. A little help is coming in the form of used beds, but the local politicians go by a list of who to help. Most of the Christians are being skipped. The pastor has been working tirelessly to help the people. All of the people left homeless in his congregation are sleeping in the church.
Many people we talked to told us they know that God spared their lives and believe He can restore their belongings.
|People's few belongings laying|
in the street
The pastor of the Imbert church said that this stormed destroyed about 750 homes, 10 of which belonged to his church members. His house also flooded and, after getting his family to safety, he went from house to house helping to rescue other families. Sunday’s church service was cut short as there were still a lot of families stuck inside of their homes. The pastor went out with a couple of men to bring everybody to safety.
The pastor said he saw a lot of homes being taken by the river and that he had never seen anything like this before.
Please keep in prayer those affected by the flooding, that God would send the desperately needed help to restore these small homes and all the belongings that the flood waters either swept away or ruined.
God bless you,
Rev. George & Sister Candy Teachman