Volcano Fuego Eruption

June 13, 2018

Disaster Update. Volcano Fuego continues to spew ash and pyroclastic materials. This dangerous condition is complicated by the heavy rains, which are creating mudslides carrying this material down the mountainside. Many roads are closed and the area near the major eruption remains dangerous. The volcanologists are indicating that they believe activity will continue for another week.
 
We have been working closely with certain non-profits and agencies that we know well, with a commitment to targeting efforts areas of identifiable need, to ensure that the right aid is going to the right place in a transparent and efficient way.
 
So far, we have distributed antibiotics, medicines, nebulizers, diapers, towels, hygiene kits, sheets, water, mouthwash, vitamins, cleaning products, toothbrushes, 35 gallons of hand sanitizer, protective eye gear, masks, and have committed to replacing the volunteer firefighters’ uniforms for the Antigua corps, their uniforms having been destroyed in light of the intensity of the fires. 
 
This week, local non-profits including Faith In Practice are meeting again (the first meeting having taken place shortly after the initial eruption), to reassess the needs and the best way to respond to those needs. There has been a great deal of international aid flowing into Guatemala, which has been challenging for those on the front-lines who have been trying to organize and maintain a sense of order. There is also a fear among them that once the imminent disaster is over, there will be no more support. We, and the other non-profits, are taking this into consideration as we plan for the future.
 
Thank you for your continued prayers for Guatemala. She needs them now more than ever before.
Linda
 
Rev Linda McCarty
President & CEO
 
Picture: Faith In Practice donates to the Antigua Volunteer Fire Department
Picture: Faith In Practice donates to Escuintla hospital near ground zero
 

June 8, 2018 

Disaster Update. Thank you to all who have made donations to support efforts on the ground following the devastating eruption of Volcano Fuego. Heavy rains have exacerbated the conditions and recovery efforts have been hampered. Roads remain closed and travel difficult. In addition, there have been tremors in the country, this time northeast of Mazatenango.* Currently, we are donating antibiotics, analgesics, pain relievers, masks, medical supplies (including gauze, dressings, slings, etc.), hand sanitizer, medical gloves, sheets, diapers, towels, water, work gloves and ear protection, water. This is the start as organizations near the most affected areas continue to mobilize and better assess the need. 
 
As of now, we are donating directly to Guatemala’s emergency services department, the shelters near ground zero, the National Hospital in Escuintla, and the pediatric burn unit in Guatemala City. Locations are currently overrun with food, so we are holding off sending foodstuffs, but are staging at the Casa de Fe, in order to be ready when the supplies in most affected areas begin to abate. These are our initial responses. We intend to continue to support the areas most affected through two specific non-profits, for, as international aid reduces, the need for aid will increase. 
 
Please continue to keep Guatemala in your prayers. With the rains, increased tremor activity, and the massive clean-up required, this disaster will be with us for some time and there is a risk that things may worsen. 
 
Thank you so much for your outpouring of concern and love.
Linda
 
Rev Linda McCarty
President & CEO
 
*Mazatenango is approximately 80 miles west of Volcano Fuego.
 
 

June 6, 2018

Disaster Update. Faith In Practice is coordinating with other non-profits in Antigua to provide medicines and supplies to those working in the most heavily affected areas following a major volcanic eruption which occurred on Sunday. The situation remains uncertain with additional seismic activity and heavy rains anticipated. Should you wish to donate to support our efforts, you may do so by clicking here.
 
The most severely burned victims have been evacuated to the United States in Galveston and Houston. Mexico has also accepted some victims. The number of wounded is uncertain, but those suffering from significant burns are numbering around 50, although we are hearing that number reduce, as some victims are succumbing to their injuries. At this point, the efforts to find those buried have become more of a recovery rather than rescue effort.
Please hold our brothers and sisters in Guatemala in prayer. Entire families have been wiped out. The rescue workers and firefighters are exhausted, and the work remains very dangerous as eruptions continue. And, with the weather conditions, mud slides, at the very least, are expected. 
 
Our two teams currently in Guatemala will be returning to the states shortly and we have cancelled next week’s surgical team. 
 
Trusting in the One who forever journeys with us personally and intimately in the depths of our darkest nights, the One who leads us from that darkness into new life,

Linda

 

Rev Linda McCarty
President & CEO

 

June 5, 2018

Disaster Update. The local Antigua non-profits are meeting to discuss a coordinated response to the devasting eruption of Volcano Fuego, which occurred on June 3. Faith In Practice, of course, is participating. We will be donating medical supplies and medicines to known non-profits in the affected areas as well as to the volunteer fire departments. Currently, there is no need for food, water or clothing. We will keep you posted on needs as they arise. 
 
Please hold our brothers and sisters in Guatemala in prayer. Entire families have been wiped out. They are still looking for those surely buried. These, our family, live on the edge every single day, and now they are facing a deep grief and loss. We believe in and have seen the power of prayer. So, please stop a moment and say a prayer. They shall know it, feel it, and it will strengthen them. It shall strengthen them as you surround them with your love.
 
We have two teams currently in Guatemala. They are continuing their work and the Obras hospital remains open. Please hold them, too, in prayer as they continue to serve with courage and faith.
 
Trusting in the One who forever journeys with us personally and intimately in the depths of our darkest nights, the One who leads us from that darkness into new life,
 
Linda
 
Rev Linda McCarty
President & CEO
 
If you would like to make a donation to help Faith In Practice as we provide medical supplies and meet other basic needs of the victims and their families, click here.
 

June 4, 2018

As many of you have heard, the volcano Fuego erupted yesterday. There are many dead, wounded, and others are left homeless. Please keep our brothers and sisters in prayer during this very difficult time. Especially for those with severe burns.

 

We currently have two teams in Guatemala right now. Our volunteers and our Guatemalan staff are well and in good spirits. Antigua is covered in ash, but it is not in any danger. We are keeping a close eye on developments. Please keep the teams in prayer as well as they continue to serve those in great need in our beautiful Guatemala. As they continue to follow Jesus in the midst of the storm, as they follow the One who says with love, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”

 

Blessings, Rev. Linda McCarty, President and CEO