In St.Vincent and the Grenadines, volcano eruptions affect the nation and the Church
17 Apr 2021 | CARU Communications
The island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been affected by a series of explosions by the La Soufrière volcano located in the north of the main island of St.Vincent. The volcano began to explosively erupt last Friday 9th, April 2021. For the past week, periodic eruptions have covered the nation with ash and have affected other island nations such as Barbados in the north.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a southern Caribbean nation comprising a main island, St. Vincent, and a chain of smaller islands known as the Grenadines. St.Vincent and the Grenadines Mission is one of three Missions and seven Conferences in the Caribbean Union.
According to Pastor Kerry Kerr, Communication Director of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Mission of Seventh-day Adventist the Mission Session that was carded to be held from April 14th to 17th, 2021 has been postponed until further notice due to the national disruption caused.
Pastor Kerry Kerr also shared that ''there are no reported loss of life and most persons were evacuated. Reports are that several homes have been destroyed but no one is sure who they belong to as yet. The nation has to wait until the volcano cools down to assess the damage. All damage reports are from eyewitnesses taken from the sea, so none can identify who are affected". Pastor Kerr further stated that the Adventist Church has five shelters being operated to help citizens. Apart from this, the mission is doing some cooking. "Additionally we are going to be providing Psychosocial help by doing some counselling with the persons who have been affected by the volcano". Even while sharing with the CARU Communications team, he commented it is exhausting to be constantly cleaning up just to ensure the continued health and well-being of persons and livestock.
President of the Caribbean Union, Pastor Dr Kern Tobias shared the following message:
The people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been dealt a very bad hand. After reeling from the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic, they have had to face the inundation of ashes from the La Soufriere Volcano. I am encouraged by the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me…. to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” The Caribbean Union Conference sympathizes with our brothers and sisters and all the citizens of SVG and pledges our full support for them. It is regrettable but inevitable that the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mission Session has been postponed because of the unfavorable circumstances. We pray that God will continue to succor and support all citizens during this most challenging time.
The SVG Mission as part of its response to this crisis has set up a page on its website to identify critical supplies such as medicines and food as part of its relief effort. The website can be found here ( https://svgadventists.org/volcano-relief-svg/ ). The church and the wider community is grateful to Almighty God there is no reported loss of life.
SVG national government leaders have expressed their gratitude for Caribbean citizens and organizations who have responded with love, kindness and caring in this time of crisis for the nation.