Donna and I have been living in San Jose' del Cabo since Dec. 2013. We have been led down there to do what we can to make a difference. We live on a boat. It is like living in a motor home on the water. It is the base from which we can have our "Gathering" on Sunday mornings and work on our various outreach projects. As many of you know our home was hit with a category 3 hurricane on Monday September 15. The effects have been devastating to the community of Cabo San Lucas and our area of Puerto Los Cabos, La Playita, San Jose' del Cabo. Now, over a week later we are getting the reports.
September 15, 2014
Odile hit hard! Winds up to 145 mph. Eleven inches of rain an hour. It hit dead on!
-all power lost
-no food or water
-roads and brides distroyed
-100,000 people homeless
-every thing damaged
-chaos on the streets
-500,000 people stunned
-the airport destroyed
September 21, 2014
After of week of no communications, no words, and no pictures, we now the following information.:
-The President of Mexico has been on the ground in Los Cabos for days... making things happen.
-Over 200 ground crews have arrived to help restore power
-The Military Corp of Engineers shipped in to clear the roads
-Food and water coming in by boat and emergency planes (airport still closed)
-9,000 Mexican troops called in to help restore order
-30,000 tourist and expats evacuated
With the tourists returning home, we finally have had photos. The best one is the picture above. It is not a photo that I bought online to illustrate a point, it is a real picture of real people who found themselves in the most beautiful place in the world after the storm.
After the storm, the Sun rises. The seas calm down. Nature returns to its normal beautiful self.
If the photographer was to walk on the water and take the picture of the hotel in the background, you would see nothing but devastation and destruction from the force of the storm. Broken windows, downed power lines, water in the wrong places, trees laying in the road and people crying.
But here in the chaos is peace. Prayer does that for us. It turns our attention away from the chaos of life and allows us to see that there is a new day.
The Mexican people are smart, hard-working, and resilient. They are re-building quickly. As of today, September 23, 2014, I read that almost all of the hotels are aiming to be opened within two to three weeks. Food, water, fuel, and the essentials of life are all being restored. As far as we know all of our friends are safe and unharmed.
"Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord, your God, it is he that goes with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you."
*If you are interested in supporting us and the restoration of San Jose' del Cabo you can go to RobertSchullerMinistries.org and click-on "donate" which can be found on the right side of the home page. Please specify "hurricane relief" in the memo when donating. Thank you.
God Loves You and So Do I. Robert A. Schuller