“Is that volcano close to where you live in Mexico?”

On March 20 we experienced an earthquake measuring 7.6 or so in our part of Mexico. This is about the same number of the earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people in Haiti a couple of years ago. Miraculously there were no reports of deaths in this Mexico earthquake.

Mallory's bicycle was in a partially covered are behind our house but the volcanic ash still got it.
Mallory’s bicycle was in a partially covered area behind our house but it was still covered with ashes.

A few weeks after that there was another smaller earthquake in central Mexico. Again no deaths reported. Since then there have been a few, much smaller quakes. And earlier this week Popocatepetl a “slightly active” volcano between Mexico City and Puebla, became more active. It is located 24.6 miles from our house.

Monday it began spewing tiny bits of molten rock and a huge plume of smoke and ash which billowed more than a mile into the air. While driving Monday evening, Tonja said that she could see what looked like sleet in the headlights of the car, and we woke up Tuesday morning with a layer of gray powdery ash on our cars, bicycle seats, plants and anything else outside. We’ve also been experiencing some throat irritation, headaches, and sinus trouble lately. Hmmm?! I wonder if its related.

To say the least, these recent events have gotten my attention, as well as everyone else who lives in this area. So I’ve been observing people–watching them to see how they are reacting–asking everyone how it makes them feel. I had a great conversation with a Cholula taxi driver yesterday who told me that he thinks most Mexicans see these recent events as signs from God. He has noticed that most people are a little more nervous or anxious these days. And he said that he, himself felt a little afraid of what could happen in the future and definitely thinks that the earthquakes and the vocanic activity are related to one another.

Popocatepetl ashes.
Here you can see the ashes that Popocatepetl left on our neighbor’s car.

When I asked the young adults in our small group Wednesday night, several said that they thought something more serious might be around the corner but they are not afraid. Elsa (31) said, “I’m not worried if something happens because I have Jesus Christ and I know I will go to heaven. I have peace.” Victor (27) reminded us that we should make good use of the opportunity to share with others the hope we have in the midst of uncertainty. Good stuff, huh?

We, as Christ’s church want to be ready for action whenever it is necesary. It was encouraging to me to hear these young adults share of their confidence in Christ and their willingness to do whatever needed in case something happens. We closed our small group time by stepping out into the street in front of our house and praying together for Puebla/Cholula and for our preparedness to share with those who are doubting, worried, afraid or whatever.

Mosaico is a part of the body of Christ and we ask that you join us in praying that we would be ready, willing and able to reach out to those here whose foundation may be as unstable as an earthquake and to be poised to meet any needs that arrise if a more serious disaster occurs. Pray for our safety, but also pray for our ministry and opportunities to put our faith in action.

Praising the God who is more powerful than earthquakes and volcanoes,

Todd, Tonja, Mitchell, Mallory, and Lizzet Hancock

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