Floods and high winds impacted ministry partners and left many poor families in need of aid.
Immediately after Hurricane Earl swept across Belize on August 4, our staff mobilized to help, working with in-country Christians to get aid to those in greatest need. Our mission team flew to key areas and reported flooded streets, ruined houses, major power shortages, and damage to some of our partners’ critical facilities. By God’s grace, no lives have been lost, but the impact in some areas is severe, impacting the poor in profound and tragic ways.
Fortunately, Cross International was able to secure pallets of food and medical packs for immediate distribution to hurricane survivors, and the feeding outreach is already underway. The medical supplies Cross is helping ship included key items churches find particularly useful in times like these, including oral rehydration salts, Aspirin to bring down fever, the antibiotic Amoxicillin, and Cephalexin to treat infections.
These supplies are urgently needed by families who have lost all their possessions in the storm and lack access to a hospital or clinic to treat hurricane-related injuries and other medical emergencies. In time, after Church leaders assess damages and create a plan to help poor communities recover, Cross International may post specific opportunities for service in its project catalog.
Your prayers are crucial as our staff continues to monitor the unfolding crisis and explore how we can most effectively aid the ongoing relief effort. As always, a gift to Cross International fund for greatest needs can help us in this important work because it gives us the freedom to respond immediately as needs arise. If you have contributed to our Fund for Greatest Need, thank you! And if you would like to make a contribution for that purpose now, click here.