(Bolivia CNSAM). On February 25, 2014 a small group led by the Santa Cruz District Superintendent, Rev. Nolberto Fernández, made a trip from Santa Cruz to the city of Trinidad to see the reality of the flooding that has taken place over these last few days. The road was long and full of obstacles, but thanks to God the group made it to their destination.
The rains and flooding that have hit Bolivia over the last few weeks have left 59 people dead, more than 59,800 families harmed, and 108 thousand heads of cattle dead according to the Vice minister of Rural Development, Víctor Hugo Vásquez. The public officer admitted that the official stats are provisional “because we are still in the process of evaluating the areas affected because we cannot enter due to the fact that some areas are still flooded.” (www.informador.com)
The small group led by Rev. Fernandez could only reach the capital city of the Department because the road to the Providences was flooded. There are thousands of people who have lost everything and are now taking refuge in tents without the basic needs and the cattle are living in the main route because the fields are under water. Thousands have been forced to leave their homes behind and have lost all of their belongings, crops, and animals due to these floods.
The Church shines brightest in the most difficult times! The Church of the Nazarene is responding to this crisis with the love of Christ through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Rev Nolberto Fernandez is coordinating the distribution of essentials to those most affected by the floods and at the same time opening new missions in three areas of the city Trinidad. The Church of the Nazarene does not have a presence in this city, but God is opening the doors so that the Nazarenes can take root in Trinidad and the Department of Beni. Please pray for those affected by the flooding and for the extension of the Kingdom through the love of Christ.
Source: Barry Carney.