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Philippines Volcano Update: Effects Linger from January 12 Eruption

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By Carl Stagner

On January 12, a prominent volcano, known as Taal, erupted south of Manila. Somewhat eclipsed by major headlines since the new year, the eruption nevertheless wreaked havoc on parts of the Philippines. Even as the weeks pass and government lowers the level of alert, the harmful effects of the eruption on daily life linger. While 376,000 displaced residents were recently allowed to return home, the ash and smoke left behind remain a serious problem. Ivy Jean So, contact on the ground for the Church of God in the area, offers a brief update on the ongoing disaster and recommendations for how the broader movement can best keep them in prayer. Continue reading

Disaster Relief Update: Guatemala “Volcano of Fire”

On Sunday, June 3, Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego—“Volcano of Fire”—erupted, spewing dangerous ash, gases, and lava from its 12,346-foot summit. To date, various news sources have indicated that at least 109 persons have been killed. Media coverage has shown footage of the massive and tragic devastation through the week, and now Church of God Ministries has heard from the Church of God in Guatemala. Continue reading

Cotopaxi Awakens: Missionary Offers Update on Ecuador’s Active Volcano

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By Carl Stagner

On August 14, the sleeping giant awakened. Spewing debris and sending plumes of smoke three miles into the sky, Cotopaxi became active once again. Ashes from the massive volcano have ignited seventeen wildfires, claiming the lives of three firefighters and injuring several more. Threatening a quarter of a million people in Ecuador, the eruption of Cotopaxi has warranted the government to bring the national alert level to Yellow, the lowest of concern. Jon and Karen Lambert have served as missionaries for the Church of God to Ecuador since 1997. Jon offers the latest on-the-ground perspective and insight. Continue reading