Sudden and abnormal warming of the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Peru has unleashed torrential downpours leading to landslides and massive flooding. These weather conditions, caused by El Niño, has brought strong rains, electrical storms, and hurricane-like winds. Local news outlets have reported numerous deaths and destruction of highways and crops due to the flood waters. As many as 70,000 Peruvians have become homeless as a result of the relentless rainfall.
Much of Peru is in a state of emergency, and local authorities believe the flooding could continue for another month.
Julio Velasquez, National Overseer of Peru, has contacted General Headquarters regarding the status of the Church in Peru. The two church buildings in Casma have flooded, and both buildings’ clay walls have been soaked and fallen. In Trujillo, the pastor’s clay home has suffered much damage and is practically uninhabitable. The buildings in Piura have also been damaged by the rain.
The World Mission Department is asking everyone to pray for Peru, its citizens, and our church families in Peru. A relief fund has been established at General Headquarters to assist the people of this country. Brother Velasquez reports some of the greatest needs are building supplies and food.
If you would like to help our brothers and sisters in Peru with this urgent need, please send a financial contribution to the Peru Flooding Relief Fund. May God bless you for your compassionate giving.