We had a very busy day today but what a blessing it was. We started off by preparing plates of pancakes and handing them out in the area where we are focusing our efforts. We spent some time helping to clean out the house belonging to our teachers. After lunch, we had a meeting with the other local BMDMI missionaries and the pastor of the local church where we are coordinating the relief efforts. For Todd the afternoon was spent riding around searching for open stores that had some emergency supplies we needed for people to get through the next day or two and then delivering them to the church for distribution, and Katie took someone to buy a few clothing essentials. We got a good deal accomplished today and look forward to finding ways to help in the days ahead. What a great and practical way to practice our Spanish.
During our meeting today, we discussed the most important needs and which ones we can help with. Thanks to all of you for your faithful giving to our ministry, we have already been able to purchase and deliver to the local church a decent supply of personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and clothing. Other BMDMI missionaries setup a clean water station. We’ve provided an area for families to come and wash their clothes, and area churches are helping with feeding. We have 5 pallets of mana packs, some blankets, towels, and mattresses being delivered tomorrow via our agency.
There is no government infrastructure here to help the people and it’s been amazing to see neighbors helping neighbors, churches feeding the hungry, clothing those in need, visiting people in the affected areas.
Our most pressing need right now is for beds and bedding. Churches have opened their doors for people to come sleep but no one will leave their homes for fear of them being looted of the few possessions not taken by the floods. We are trying to secure pricing from a manufacturer of mattresses (2-4 inch) but think we will be able to get them for 20-40 each. Just in the small area we are focusing (around the local church) there are 250 families impacted who no longer have beds. We’re asking for donations of any amount, made through our agency and designated for Siguatepeque flood. We will use that money to purchase as many mattresses as we can along with more hygiene and cleaning supplies.
So what can you do? Please pray for everyone impacted by the floods. While the water has receded the rains have not stopped. Pray for the local churches and for those helping with the relief efforts. If you would like to make a one time donation to these relief efforts, please visit https://giving.bmdmi.org/bmdmi-missionary, select Todd and Katie Moody and type Sigua Relief in the comments.
Again, a big thank you to those who have and continue to support our ministry efforts here in Honduras. May God be glorified in all that we do.