Verbo Church in Puerto Cabezas seeks to minister to the people of their community as they build relationships and demonstrate Christ’s love by providing medical attention, feeding hungry children, providing jobs, and visiting those in prison.
Hurricane Eta Relief
Hurricane Eta Relief
As you may be aware the Eastern coast of Nicaragua was recently impacted by hurricane Eta. This was a category 4 hurricane that did extensive damage.
Pastor Earl reports the hurricane has been very destructive. Many buildings have lost their roofs and in the rural communities many homes had been destroyed from the winds and flooding. This is in an area with very little government involvement or assistance. As you can see from the photos and video there is extensive damage.
We’d like to ask our faith family to prayerfully consider donating some money to meet some of the immediate needs that Pastor Earl shared:
- Puerto Cabezas Feeding Efforts: Rice and Beans – people are starving as much of their food supplies were destroyed in the rains and flooding. Earl is hoping to provide two meals a day in his feeding center in Puerto Cabezas to help with the lack of food. He has contacts where he can buy food.
- Rio Coco Feeding Efforts: Rice and Beans – many of the rural communities along the Rio Coco river have lost their farms and food supplies. He can get food to these communities and has contacts there to ensure equitable distribution.
- Building Supplies – many homes and buildings lost roofing in the storm. The standard corrugated metal roofing common throughout Central America did not fare well. This will take longer but Earl would like to help replace the roofs of many homes as well as parts of his own home and church that were damaged.
- Cleanup and Transportation – there are huge piles of debris and much of the infrastructure in Puerto Cabezas has been destroyed. No one has any idea when power will be restored. Many people lost everything and have no clothes other than what they are wearing. Earl can help people get back on their feet with just a little financial help.
Many times when we hear about a natural disaster like this we want to help but aren’t sure if our money will really get to the people on the ground who need it. We are confident every dollar donated will be used to help people and families who are suffering. It will all go directly to help people in need in Puerto Cabezas and the surrounding native communities.
We are inviting people to make special gifts to our Practical Love fund, online or by check to Rolling Hills. Every gift beyond the normal monthly gifts to Practical Love will go to this need. They will be wired directly to Pastor Earl’s Church Account.
We are also gathering information about disaster relief organizations that we hope are planning to come alongside Pastor Earl in this effort.
Verbo Church in Puerto Cabezas seeks to minister to the people of their community as they build relationships and demonstrate Christ’s love by providing medical attention, feeding hungry children, providing jobs, and visiting those in prison. Through the faithfulness of Verbo Church, the Kingdom of God is being extended into their community, region and nation. They are discipling and helping 10 pastors and churches along the Rio Coco as part of this effort.
Led by Pastor Earl Bowie, Verbo Church has a growing, vibrant congregation. The Church also oversees two Verbo Christian Schools with approximately 1000 students, and the Casa Bernabe Orphanage. Currently, the orphanage is home to 100 children, ages 2-21. Pastor Earl was himself orphaned early in life and was raised by his grandparents. Pastor Earl now oversees the Verbo Churches throughout Nicaragua and is leading a movement of God in the midst of a difficult season.
In April 2018, demonstrations against some government decisions turned violent and resulted in many deaths. The civil unrest continues at this writing and the US State Department has issued a Travel Advisory rating of 3- Reconsider Travel. We have canceled four planned mission teams and are awaiting improved conditions to resume sending teams.