[Episcopal News Service]
We are praying hard after the tragedy provoked by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Tennessee. In El Salvador we have not experienced hurricanes but other kinds of tragedies, and we do know the suffering of the people just as the other countries in Central America know. Therefore on behalf of Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Nicaraguans, Costa Ricans and Panamians and in my position as Diocesan Bishop of El Salvador and Primate of the Anglican Church of the Central America Region, I would like to say we join in prayers asking for protection and the necessary strength to overcome this natural disaster and we are sure, because you are courageous people, you will recover and rebuild your lives promptly.
In a very special way, we are thinking of our friends in the most affected areas: the Rt. Rev. Charles Jenkins in Louisiana; the Rev. Thomas Deppe from St. Paul's, Mobile, Alabama, and the Rev. Tommy Dillon from St. Augustine's in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as St. Luke's in Baton Rouge. All of them have somehow accompanied our mission in El Salvador. We know too, the Diocese of Mississippi has been a companion diocese to Panama for a long time and the Diocese of Texas which has always been in solidarity with us. Receive our friendship, love and solidarity as we are certain our Lord will guide your way out of this tragedy and will continue blessing with abundance.
The Most. Rev. Martín Barahona
Bishop of El Salvador and Primate of IARCA