On November 3, Hurricane Eta (category 4) struck Honduras and caused widespread flooding and damage. Two weeks later Hurricane Iota (also category 4) struck Nicaragua. The most devastating damage caused by the two hurricanes occurred in Honduras. The churches in San Pedro Sula and La Lima have been affected, and as many as 40 saints have lost everything due to the destruction of the hurricane, with many saints sheltering at the meeting hall in San Pedro Sula while the flood waters recede. Despite a lack of electricity and a shortage of bedding, the church has been pouring out to take care of these saints in trying to get food, water, and medicine. As the saints return to their homes, they face a pressing situation. They must clean the mud out of their houses before it becomes clay, while in constant danger of being exposed to infection from decomposing animals in the streets. This is in addition to the pandemic that has already significantly affected the country.
For the saints who have lost everything, the brothers estimate that it will cost approximately $3,000 per family to repurchase their basic necessities, including clothing, appliances, furniture, etc. The church in Anaheim and LME have offered to receive offerings on behalf of the saints in Honduras.
Here are links to 2 videos prepared by the saints there to show the extent of the damage in Honduras:
- Video of Flooding in Honduras After Hurricane Eta (video)
- Damage in a saints’ home in Honduras (video)
Please see details on how to give below.
Designated offerings for the saints affected by the two hurricanes may be wired to LME, mailed to the church in Anaheim, or given online to the church in Anaheim using the following information:
To send an offering by wire transfer to LME:
For bank wiring information please download LME Wire Instructions. Those who wish to receive a receipt or a yearly acknowledgement letter should send an email to email@example.com and either provide a valid mailing address or give LME permission to email the receipt and/or the yearly acknowledgement letter. Please designate your offering for “Central America Hurricane Relief.” Finally, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let LME know the amount and date of the wire transfer.
To send a check by regular mail (US donors only):
Make the check out to: “Church in Anaheim — So Cal Spa Speaking Work”
Memo: Central America Hurricane Relief
Church in Anaheim – So Cal Spa Speaking Work
P. O. Box 8583
Anaheim, CA 92812
To give online using a credit or debit card or by PayPal (US donors only):
Please donate at churchinanaheim.org/donations. Specify the purpose of your donation as “Central America Hurricane Relief.”
Some saints in Honduras coordinated to activate a GoFundMe account and to send it out personally to many saints. This is a legitimate account, and the funds are being received. For any larger offerings we suggest using the church in Anaheim account for the sake of accountability.