The other day I wrote an article about the gospel and the flooding in Brazil. This morning I saw an article in a foreign newspaper (and now on CNN) that says the number of deaths due to flooding and mudslides has passed 500.
Brazil has been facing unprecedented rainfall this month has not seen a day without it. Three major cities have suffered the most deaths: Petrópolis, Teresopolis, and Nova Friburgo. In one town seven firemen were buried under a mudslide, switching the roll from the one rescuing to the one being rescued. Only three survived. The newly-elected president, Dilma Rousseffj, visited some of the areas affected by the floods to offer encouragement and a sign of government support.
Government officials expect the number of deaths to continue rising along with the floodwaters. People travel through makeshift morgues hoping to find loved ones. Blood banks are desperately low.
The article also pointed out that the areas devastated by the floods are suffering severe price inflation on food supplies up to 500%. Armed groups have begun robbing people and stealing from buildings affected by the flooding.
Christian groups will most certainly be providing aid if they haven’t already started to. I encourage you to stop what you’re doing right now and pray for the people of Brazil. Pray that God would bring people to saving faith because of this tragedy. Pray for the relief workers’ safety and boldness to share the gospel. And pray that the rains would stop.