Adventist members stand ready to help those who have lost their homes or have had to evacuate.
On September 19, 2021, a volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, caused lava to flow through the streets of populated areas, setting homes on fire and destroying property. At least 10,000 people were evacuated. No casualties were reported.
According to information from La Palma Seventh-day Adventist Church pastor Maicer Romero, the eruption did not affect the local congregation, which is about a 30-minute drive from the volcano. The lava road to the beach had caused the displacement of only one member of the church and his family, as of September 20.
“Our brother’s house has not been affected at this time, and we pray that it will remain so,” Romero said. “If the lava runs its course, our church member should be safe. However, we continue to pray for the protection of the Lord. And we also pray for the victims.
Romero commented that the La Palma eruption affects areas where people have second homes, but it does not appear to affect major cities. Lava is on its way to the beach, he said.
“There is no material damage to the church or to the property of church members,” Romero reported. He has been in constant contact with members of the congregation and the regional administration of the Spanish Union Conference of Churches of the Adventist Church.
Adventists ready to help those affected
Romero is also in contact with the town hall of Los Llanos, where most of the displaced residents have been accommodated. “We are ready to see what the community needs,” Romero said. “When we find out, we will respond as we always have. ADRA Spain and ADRA La Palma are ready to handle the assistance, as they have done in previous fires, ”he explained.
Romero called on Adventist church members to pray for those affected. “It is a difficult situation because many banana plantations have been lost,” he said. “It is the livelihood of many residents of La Palma. In addition, the areas affected by the lava can no longer be used for agriculture, ”explained Romero.
As of September 27, government officials reported that the eruption appeared to end, with less movement of ash and lava, as it reached one of the mountains in its path. Church leaders have asked members to stay in touch, praying for the islanders.
This story is based on the version posted by the Inter-European Division news site.