Volcano Impacts Alliance Workers

By Raymond Ebbett, serving in Spain

Europe was reminded this past week that science and technology have very real limitations. One volcano with an impossible-to-pronounce name (Eyjafjallajoekull) trumped 65,000 airline flights . . . just like that. People throughout the world were stranded in one place or another, unable to get home or to their planned destinations.

In France, Alliance worker Marcia Berry is unable to attend her father’s April 22 memorial service due to the closure of airports because of volcanic ash. Marcia, who had already made airline reservations to spend Mother’s Day with her parents, says, “As I have shared the situation with people here in Toulouse, I have so clearly realized God’s hand on the timing of arriving home. It will be hard to miss [the memorial], but it will be even more important to spend the following two weeks with my mother.” 

Several other Alliance people were affected by the volcano ash and were forced to change their plans, trusting God’s sovereignty.

With all the earthquakes and natural disasters of recent months, we have been reminded that life is fragile. I don’t pretend to know all that God wants to tell us, but certainly these events should get our attention and help us to recognize our need for Him.

Thank you for praying for our workers and churches during this time.

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