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OCMC News - Prayers Needed for Guatemala After "Fuego" Volcano of Fire Erupts

by Caitlyn Sargent (Posted 6/12/2018)

OCMC News - Prayers Needed for Guatemala After "Fuego" Volcano of Fire Erupts
Fr. Mihail Castellanos, vicar of the Orthodox Church (Ecumenical Patriarchate) in Guatemala, comforts one of the victims of the volcanic eruption.

On Sunday June 4th, 2018, the Volcano of Fire erupted near the capital city of Guatemala, killing a confirmed total of 69 with the death toll expected to rise as the full extent of damage is surveyed.

As of right now, there are five long-term OCMC missionaries serving in Guatemala. None of them were harmed in the eruption, and Jesse Brandow reports, “To the best of my knowledge, the Orthodox faithful are safe as well.”

Fr. Mihail Castellanos has been helping the victims. He is the director of the Centro Pedagógico school in Nueva Concepción, and the vicar of the Orthodox Church (Ecumenical Patriarchate) in Guatemala. Along with students and staff he has been bringing assistance to those in need.

Jesse Brandow says, “It has been very inspiring for me to see how Guatemalans are rising up to help their fellow countrymen during this natural disaster. Even the poorest are selling cans and scraping together a few coins to give something to those in even greater need. Glory to God!”

Many close by the volcano have been affected severely by the eruption. According to the New York Times, villages near the foot of the volcano have been completely covered, and some 3,000 individuals have been displaced in evacuations with many missing.

What we can do now is pray. Pray for those lost to the eruption, that they may find eternal rest with the Lord. Pray for those who have lost their homes or their families. And pray for Christ’s guidance during this hard time for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Now, more than ever, missionaries and mission team volunteers are needed. There are still spots available for the short-term team to Aguacate, Guatemala (August 1 – 8, 2018). Volunteer in the Fr. Giron Clinic, and help those who need it most.

Please pray for the people of Guatemala and for the OCMC missionaries working in the area, especially during this tragic time.

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