Two weeks ago Julia
left Mexico as it was preparing for what was sure to be the worst natural
disaster it had ever seen. Julia is a friend of mine who spent a week with the
children of an orphanage- reading with them, providing food for them, and
telling them of the hope that lies in the love of Jesus Christ.
During the time
that Julia was in Mexico, forecasts indicated that Hurricane Patricia would
leave nothing but devastation in her wake. She was the strongest hurricane ever
to be reported. Many were worried about the effects that the storm would have
on infrastructure, especially in the already impoverished parts of the country.
She had to leave them there, scared and wondering what awaited them in the days
“The people there
are so beautiful and selfless, no one deserves this, but especially not them”
Mexico was well
prepared though. Many people were moved to shelters and other places of safety,
and all necessary precautions were taken well in advance. Nation-wide prayer
was also held throughout the country; emblematic of the fact that Mexico has
one of the highest percentages of Christians in the World.
As the people of
Mexico sat, waiting for the worst, something began to happen. The category 5
storm began to dissipate. By the time she made landfall Patricia had already
digressed from a category 5 to a category 3 storm. Dry air and the mountains of
Mexico decreased the wind speeds and de-organized the eye of the storm in an
amazing last minute attempt to salvage this beautiful country.
Patricia certainly did not avoid Mexico. She left destruction in her path-storm surges, power outages,
and uprooted trees throughout. But with a total energy of only a quarter of
Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005, Patricia was certainly
not as bad as she could have been.
It’s two weeks
after the storm, and people are trying their best to return back to normal
“The church was full this morning-everyone went
and thanked Him,” said Amada Abraham, a street vendor asked about how her town
Today the people
of Mexico are more than thankful as the remnants of Patricia, now a Tropical
Depression, move across the U.S. The strongest Hurricane ever recorded left a
total death toll of 0. It reminds us that all hope is never lost, things can
change, and perhaps God is still in the business of miracles.
Chase Encalade is a Sophomore English for Corporate Communications major at Christian Brothers University and a staff writer at the Galleon.
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