What is the Impact of El Niño?
“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.”
2 Corinthians 9:8
After 36 years, we have seen our share of El Niños. The one that I will remember the most was in 1993 when we were asked by the city of Tijuana to build with families that had been displaced and were being given land in what we now know as Valle Verde. Pastor Fausto planted a church that has served that community well for over 20 years.
California is in desperate need of rain. This drought is considered to be the worst in history, so the rain of El Niño is a welcome relief to this parched land.
But what is a blessing on one side of the border can be a burden to those on the other side of the border. Fragile homes swept away and a family loses everything they have, which is already very little. A mom or dad cannot get to their day job, which provides money to buy food for their family, because the roads have been washed out. And sometimes there is loss of life.
As Steve, Scott and I assessed the damage at the back of Rosarito that was the hardest hit by our first wave of El Niño, we saw a ravine full of sewage. Since this wasn’t our first El Niño, we could visualize the flow of water that literally bent back part of a concrete wall like an accordion.
Standing out in the middle of the street looking at the damage to our left, we turned to the right and saw the impact of Amor. In the midst of destruction was an Amor house, still standing with the family safe and sound!
El Niño of 2016 is here and so is Amor. Last week a group from All Nations Church of Los Angeles came and built in spite of the rain and cold, for the simple reason that God called them to come and they kept their commitment. This past weekend, Santa Margarita Community Church. Impact blessing.
We reached out and you came through with donations to our El Niño relief fund. What we have received will allow us to give our Pastors additional resources needed to serve in their communities. Impact blessing.
A burden turned into a blessing. We see that in the story of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’, better known as Joseph in Genesis. Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, landed in Egypt via Israel, and ended up being used by God to save his family and his people from a terrible famine.
Over the next couple of months, we are going to be depending on you to answer the call of being a blessing during times of burden. El Niño is not done and we have much to do. Amor is positioned to serve families that are the most affected and our Pastors will have the opportunity to make Jesus known! Impact blessing.
Join us on a trip in 2016 and be the blessing ‘that needs to be done!’