Mexico floods temporarily disrupt ministry

By July 17, 2008

Mexico (MNN) — A tropical wave
struck southern Mexico while an active monsoon season keeps north
underwater. Rainfall has been over 50%
above average for the season.

To the southeast, the heavy rains
temporarily affected three of Compassion
International's
child development centers. Most of the affected families have
returned home with just a few remaining with relatives or neighbors until their
homes can be strengthened.

Compassion Mexico's team is
acting as the hands and feet of Christ by distributing aid. Their response has been ongoing since last
month.

Tropical depression Arthur was
the first storm that made landfall in June. Since then, powerful rains have hit
Chiapas, Veracruz, Tabasco and Oaxaca. 

One Compassion child development
center in the Juchitan area was used as shelter, along with two schools. At least ten child development centers were affected
by the rains, though there is no report of serious injury. 

Even though this crisis has
passed, there are concerns for the immediate future. Short-term forecasts are calling for more rains,
especially in the south and the northwest.

The long-term outlook is calling for an
above-average tropical season. Tropical storms are the main and most
destructive source of flooding, and a severe tropical season could result in
catastrophic floods in Mexico.

Praise God for protecting all
Compassion-assisted children and their families during the heavy rains. Please pray for those who have to rebuild
homes, and pray that crops will be unharmed. 

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