UPDATE: The giving through the church in Anaheim for the saints and churches affected by the recent hurricanes in Honduras and Nicaragua has been generous and sufficient. Following the example in Exodus 36:3-7, the brothers in Anaheim feel they should not continue to receive donations through Anaheim for this particular need (please see their letter below).
“[And all the wise men who did all the work of the sanctuary] spoke to Moses, saying, The people are bringing much more than enough for the service of the work which Jehovah commanded us to do. And Moses gave commandment… So the people were restrained from bringing. For the material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to do it.” – Exodus 36:5-7
We are very happy to report that the giving through the church in Anaheim for the hurricane relief in Central America, especially in Honduras, has been more than sufficient to meet the need. We thank the Lord for His supply and care for His Body through the members of His Body. We are confident that the giving of the saints is a “sweet-smelling savor, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God” (Phil. 4:18).
Following the example in Exodus 36:3-7, at this time we would ask the saints to send no more gifts to the church in Anaheim for the Central America hurricane relief (mainly the relief for Honduras). This will enable the saints to continue to give, as the Lord leads, for other needs, including the needs of the local churches and the Lord’s work for the spreading of His recovery.
May the Lord’s super abounding grace be with you all,
ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 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: