Caribbean: Honduras – YWAM team minutes from the eye of Hurricane Felix

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ue, 4 Sep 2007 12:38:28 -0400From: Douglas E. Houston < [email protected] >

Subject: Please pray for YWAM team minutes from the eye of Hurricane Felix

Hi everyone,

I wanted to ask everyone to pray for an emergency situation here in Honduras with one of our YWAM teams in the direct path of Hurricane Felix.

The YWAM Ahuás, Honduras - Discipleship Training School (or DTS) is currently on outreach in the Mosquitia area of Honduras in a Tawahka Indian village called "Yapuwás", on the banks of the Patuca River. The team is composed of 7 Miskito Indian DTS students, 2 staff (also Miskito) and 1 staff (Cathy Argueta) from our base here in YWAM Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Through a miracle we were able to communicate with the team leaders yesterday (Monday, Sept 3) and the YWAM Ahuas base director (Jarle Hofstad) who also pilots a small one-engine plane. At that point it was too late to evacuate the team (a rather long procedure because of how isolated the area is….no roads, only access by river) and any evacuation would have put them closer to the eye of Hurricane Felix. It was decided that they should stay in Yapuwás but spend the night in the Community Health Center, which is one of the only concrete block structures in the community. This is probably where everyone in Yapuwás is right now, if they can fit. Besides the hurricane winds there is also a danger of life-threatening flooding.

Unfortunately, today (Tues) we have learned that Hurricane Felix turned further south upon landfall and they are directly in the path of the eye of the hurricane. At this writing (9:30 am, Tues) they are minutes from being hit with a category 5 hurricane (update as I am writing – Felix has been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane but still with winds of 120 miles per hour – KEEP PRAYING!). Jarle Hofstad will fly over the village as soon as the weather is flyable, which will probably be late Wednesday or sometime Thursday, to assess the situation and hopefully locate the team. The closest landing strip is in a village called "Wampusirpi" which is a 5-hour boat ride upriver (of course, depending on the river).

The remainder of Honduras is also bracing for disastrous flooding and schools have been called off in almost all of the country for Tuesday and Wednesday. Most residents here are remembering the disaster of Hurricane Mitch in 1998 which killed over 10,000 people and left almost a million homeless.

Prayer Points:

• That Hurricane Felix will continue to weaken!!!

• For the protection of the 10 YWAMers currently in the Tawahkan village "Yapuwás" and for the physical property of the YWAM Ahuás base also in its path.

• For the protection of all Hondurans and other Central Americans in Hurricane Felix' path, including the Tawahkan indians.

• That God would use the YWAM team to minister to the Tawahka Indians in this difficult time.

• That we would be able to reestablish communications with the YWAM team ASAP on Wedn or Thurs.

For more information contact:

(504) 234-2165 (Douglas Houston, home), (504) 3381-1535 (cell phone) [email protected]

(504) 3398-5981 (Jarle Hofstad, cell phone)

[email protected]

Thanks for your prayers,

Doug Houston

YWAM Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Rev. Gerald A. Seale, DD,

General Secretary and CEO,

Evangelical Association of the Caribbean,

41 Excel Road, Elizabeth Park, Christ Church BB15092, Barbados,

Tel: 1-246-427-9746

Web Site: www.caribbeanevangelical.org

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