I may have some problems with the Presbyterian Church (USA), but I’m thankful that they’ve alerted me to the damage that Hurricane Stan is inflicting on Central America and Mexico. It’s easy for this to get lost with the news of Katrina, Rita, and the earthquake in Asia.
As an example, in Guatemala:
Almost all of the bridges on the Pacific lowlands have been destroyed by overflowing rivers, with many people taking refuge on their roofs. There is no transportation from Quetzaltenango to Guatemala City. At the moment 150 deaths are reported. The immediate need is for food and water, but supplies cannot be delivered until roads are cleared and bridges minimally repaired.
Granted, it’s on a much smaller scale, but these folks’ lives have been upended, and they have real needs.