“Subtropical Storm Alberto” doesn’t sound like something dangerous. But many churches and homes are flooded.
ACTION Cuba’s director Brian Stewart and his wife flew out of Cuba on Friday when the rain was just beginning to fall. It was the front end of a system called Subtropical Storm Alberto. Since this type of storm does not normally include high winds, they were not worried at the time. Now there is cause for concern.
The storm has dumped water on Cuba for 72 hours straight, and for even longer in some areas. Many of ACTION’s pastor colleagues are preparing their churches to become evacuation centers, ready to receive families that have been flooded out of their homes.
These pastors are asking the ACTION Cuba team to mobilize just as it has after hurricanes.
Here are a couple of specific requests, among others:
• In Perrotty church planters William and Doris, who lost a home due to the hurricane last year, had to abandon their new home as it began to collapse because of the heavy rains. They are living under tarps.
• En Sabanilla pastor Norge says the flooding has ruined the crops in his entire area. He asks for drinking water, canned food, mattresses, and buckets in order to help his town.
There are reports from several pastors, and they all echo the same sentiment: please send help.
Please be in prayer for these pastors, who desire to help their congregations and their towns. When our Cuba director visited Cuba last week, they noticed the scarcity of fruit and vegetables, which was due to the lost harvest because of Hurricane Irma last fall. It is hard to believe even more crops are now lost this year. Lord, please help Cuba!
Our Cuba team is standing ready to mobilize — to purchase and deliver needed water, food, and other relief supplies — once funds are available. If you would like to donate to the team’s relief efforts, please click here.
To stay updated on the situation and see pictures and prayer requests as we receive them, follow www.facebook.com/ACTIONdisasterresponse/. To learn more about ACTION’s ongoing ministry in Cuba, visit www.actioninternational.org/cuba.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Matt and Amy Dunn
International Coordinators of Disaster Response