Paraguay: December 2015 Flood Relief
Asunción, Paraguay (Map)
Total Received Through February 6, 2016: $1250 USD
Target Goal: $5,000 USD
Update February 9, 2016 on Paraguay Flood Relief
“Thank-you for caring!” – visiting a few of the many families affected
“No one sees us. No one stops to talk to us… Please pray that I am able to provide for my family and go back to our home. Thank-you for caring!” Pablo is a husband and father, with concerns that anyone might have. But he is also facing discouragement and despair – his home has been completely under water since before the Christmas holidays, reason why his family is living in a refuge right on the busy costal avenue, where they will probably remain for most of this year. As he is not able to make enough income for his family with the sale of fruits on the street side downtown, his wife also has to go, to sell meals there.
This past week, together with kids from “Discover” youth camp we visited Pablo and Rosalina and their young son in their shack home, amidst a swarm of flies and in the bleating heat of the pavement. They apologized for their muddy appearance as they had just come back from going through their flooded neighborhood to check on their pigs, which stayed on higher ground near their home. Our objective was simply to pray with people in the shelter community, and to hear what their specific prayer-needs are. Pablo’s words went deep. How often do we walk by or not even consider the needs of those affected? In Paraguay, we have grown accustomed to the “riverside” communities, usually high risk impoverished “squatter” neighborhoods where violence abounds. Our Society tends to label, criticize, and discard them. And yet they are people hungry for love, families fighting for survival and a chance at better lives, even against the odds such as the current floods drastically affecting their life.
Putting love into action, even just to provide some basic form of relief to these families and in that way speak Hope and Life into their lives – that is what this is all about. But sometimes even our front row workers and organizations get discouraged, as the need is so great and the resources are few. It was then in God’s perfect timing, that last week we were able to deliver first amount of funds raised through this “Paraguay Flood Relief” – truly a miraculous provision for the “Solidary Churches” working group. It may not be much considering the great number of people affected, but it is an important step forward. We know God is working to bring relief, change and restoration to these vulnerable families in Paraguay. Please consider if He is calling YOU to see, pray and take action. Feel free to give, or share this opportunity with others, as we join internationally as a Church to bring God’s presence to these people.
Budget Prayer Target:
The needs to be met are undefined at this point, as the situation of emergency may extend and spread. However, as an immediate prayer target, we could utilize a minimum of $5000 USD, to be used to attain and distribute the most necessary items and resources, according to current information of State Authorities.
Paraguay Flood Relief First Letter
Posted Dec 31, 2015
Our plan of ACTION:
Bring the Love of Christ to families and individuals who have been internally displaced from their homes as a result of the recent flooding in Paraguay, a national natural disaster predicted to extend over a period of 9 months, which already affected more than 200,000 people of Paraguay.
This will be carried out through specific action of the Church, nationally and worldwide, to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom in a comprehensive way, in order to heal, feed, free, restore and give hope to the underprivileged and to serve them, as Jesus did.
In particular, resources will be raised to supply the immediate and longer-term needs of displaced persons caused by the floods, especially of the more vulnerable children and youth and their families, devoting goods such as non-perishable foods, hygiene items, clothing, building materials for refuge shelters, water and portable lavatories.
read more of the first letter here