As God takes care of us, let’s take care of our neighbors losing everything to Eta’s floods

  • Carolyn Barker-Villena
  • Nov 6, 2020

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us...


On Tuesday night in Baltimore a beautiful sunset spread across the sky. I was taking a walk with my 79-year old mother who looked up and calmy stated, “The hand of God is watching over us.”

Barker-Villena's mother enjoying the sunset, November 2020. Photo by Carolyn Barker-Villena/LWR

I played that scene and her words over and over in my head as the elections results came in that night and over the last few days, but also because I knew that 3,000 miles south of Baltimore, a tropical storm was raging. Known as Tropical Depression “Eta,” the storm has slowly and powerfully made its way over Nicaragua and up towards Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

For the last 3 days Eta has blanketed the region with intense rainfall, adding to what were already saturated landscapes from a heavy rainy season. Weather experts estimate that total precipitation from the storm could reach over three feet. As a result, rivers and streams are flooding over, electricity is out, landslides are blocking access to already isolated villages, bridges are collapsing, roads are shut down and both small towns and large cities like San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras are facing threats of massive flash floods.  Homes are being destroyed and livelihoods too. Farmers like Williams Saravia are at risk of losing their precious cocoa and coffee trees that LWR has helped them invest in for years. Harvest season had just started meaning that thousands of pounds of cocoa and coffee beans that were drying are now soaked and ruined.

God’s hand is watching over us here in the United States as we await news on the future of our country and continue battling rapidly increasing COVID cases. But it is also calling to us to not forget our neighbors to the south. Our neighbors who have been on lockdown for months in response to the pandemic. Our neighbors who were already struggling to feed their families even before COVID destroyed the weak economy in their country. Our neighbors who are now facing yet another insurmountable obstacle as Eta pounds down on their homes.

Our neighbors need our help and our love. Our neighbors need you.

Carolyn Barker-Villena, Nov 6, 2020 email