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Devastation in Central America after two hurricanes ravage the region: here's how you can pray

by Kelly Valencia

Countries in Central America are reeling after two hurricanes hit the region in a fortnight.

At least 26 people have died, and more than 100,000 are in emergency shelters where there is an increased risk of coronavirus spreading.  

Speaking to Premier, Andrew Ford from the International Christian Fellowship Church in Honduras said their country is in dire need.

“We had eight months of a lockdown, so the economy was hurting, but we still had an infrastructure of a country. And now the infrastructure has been wiped out for the most part. So now there's no infrastructure and there's no economy to speak of.”

Christian charities from the UK have been sending relief to those countries devastated by Hurricanes Eta and Iota. However, those organisations leading the relief effort have said access to the most affected zones has been difficult.

In Honduras, the local church has played an active role in responding to the unfolding crisis. Andrew Ford added: “We've not only just been providing food relief, shelter and clothing, but also showing them the love of Jesus and being the hands and feet.

“There has been a good response so far. I think that doors will be opened, and God can turn this catastrophic event into something that will be miraculous in the end.”

Earlier this week, a video emerged of police in Honduras joining churchgoers to pray as Hurricane Iota struck the country.

For Andrew Ford, the most important things to be praying for are peace, comfort and wisdom.

“Pray that the people that are giving relief are intentional and wise in their decisions and how to implement relief efforts. A lot of times, it's easy just to throw money to the wind and put band aids on things. But God has called the church to be intentional and do things with excellence.

“Pray for the people of Honduras. Pray that they will find comfort and peace in our Saviour Jesus Christ and that they will have the determination to rise above this. There are so many prayers needs, but I think peace, comfort and wisdom in these situations are the greatest things.”

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