Thank you for your immediate response to our pressing repair and relief needs here in Monterrey, as a result of Hurricane Alex. As a staff, we have been praying that we would be available in the aftermath of the storm to meet people’s emotional and physical needs.
Thank you for joining us as:
1. We have begun repairs to the Back2Back campus. We are repairing both existing water damage (to the roads, dorms, walls, etc…), as well as reinforcing existing systems (water drainage, septic systems) so that in the event that we were to have a similar tragedy in the future, our systems would be better able to handle it.
2. We have been providing daily meals to families in Rio 3, an impoverished community that we serve. We have been coming alongside ministry partners in the area, such as Olga and her family, as they have been meeting the needs of the estimated 1,000 homeless individuals in the Rio. This has required both financial and human resources. The rebuilding will be continuing for a while, but with your help, we have been able to offer food, medicine, water and building supplies.
3. In the other Rio communities that we serve (Cadereyta and Meme’s Rio), we have provided meals, clean water, cleaning crews, encouragement and help as they clean out their homes. The jobs of many in the communities have been impacted by the rain (they collect or recycle garbage for example). As a result, many have experienced weeks without employment. The staff has been attentive to those needs and grateful for your contributions.
4. Our children’s homes have all been visited by staff and summer groups and most of the clean-up is completed. The majority of them experienced little physical damage, just water damage and the inconvenience of clean-up. We have found ourselves continually grateful for God’s protection during the storm.
The hurricane and its effects are still talked about daily in the city. You can’t drive anywhere without seeing the effect on roads and bridges. We have been praying and are mindful of our responsibility to speak truth and use this experience to strengthen our own faith, our understanding of the Lord and our relationships with those we serve. Thank you for continually giving us the tools we need to reach out to the community.