Flooding in Mexico
No this is not a Katrina post. This will be much worse as the government of Mexico has nowhere near the resources of the United States to deal with something like this. This is short recap of what is happening right now in Tabasco, Mexico, just east of one of the areas where I work and serve in Oaxaca with Adventures in Life. Like Oaxaca, the population is majority indigenous, rural, and poor. The last week or so has brought constant rain to the state leaving 80 percent of the state under water. Depending on where you live in the state capital, Villahermosa, [pictured above] the water is between 6 and 19 feet deep inn the entire city.
President Felipe Calderon has called out the military to help, activating the entire air force to evacuate victims and ferry supplies from other parts of the country. There is not one road into or out of the capital that is now passable and the waters are continuing to rise. Busses have been mobilized to ferry survivors to safer places, and anyone with a boat is being asked to help out as well, yet over 800,000 have been affected.
Calderon said the the other day the flood was of biblical proportions. Tabasco Governor, Andres Granier predicted that the entire agricultural crop of Tabasco had been lost, ensuring more poverty in an area where people live on subsistence farming. Even in an area normally besieged by floods, the intensity of this years flooding of the Grijalva River caught people by surprise.
And yet in all of this, faced with the loss of everything, where do people turn to try and understand and move on. I was moved by this picture. Just a woman praying for God's help. I have seen entire villages wiped out in Mexico. And I have seen what God can bring out of a tragedy like this. But God calls us in the book of James to be more than people of prayer. He calls us to be people of action. So please, contact the Red Cross and send a donation to tangibly show our support to our neighbors to the south.
For more info on the floods, check out some of these excellent articles and their accompanying videos.
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