Hearts Turning to Jesus in Hurricane Otis Recovery

By   •   January 23, 2024

Chaplains have prayed with more than 2,000 people in Mexico since Hurricane Otis. Over 250 people have made decisions to give their lives to Jesus Christ and experience His lasting hope and joy.

Many in Acapulco, Mexico, are still suffering in the aftermath of the horrible Category 5 hurricane that ripped through their city on October 25.

“There are a lot of people who are sleeping outside under tarps because the hurricane took the roof of their house,” said Manny Castro—a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplain who served in Acapulco.

“Hundreds of people are waiting in line every day for hours to get a refrigerator and a mattress that the government is handing out.”

Chaplains ministered to the people of Acapulco as they tried to rebuild their lives while grappling with the immense destruction around them.

One family—a husband, wife, and her father—crouched together under a piece of furniture in their home as the hurricane ripped off the roof.

While grateful to have survived the storm, they shared with chaplains that they wondered why God would allow such a terrible hurricane to happen.

Castro shared with them about the hope we can have—even when our circumstances are painful and difficult to understand.

As he led them through “Steps to Peace With God”—a short booklet about how to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ—all three family members decided they wanted to commit their lives to God.

Not Forgotten by God

“In the beginning, the people here didn’t have much hope,” Castro explained.

“They are more hopeful now. They know that chaplains are here to help, love on them, and they are excited about us being here.”

>> Franklin Graham is holding a Festival of Hope in Mexico City on February 17 and 18.

Chaplains offered emotional and spiritual care to those receiving aid from Samaritan’s Purse—including tarps, mosquito nets, nails, and solar-powered lights and cellphone chargers.

One resident Castro spoke with said, “Thank you for being here. We thought God had forgotten about us.”

Please continue to pray for many people in Acapulco to come to know Jesus Christ.