Child Searching for her familes possessions in the aftermath of the floodUrgent Request for Disaster Relief!

Many of you probably saw the U.S. news reporting the terrible tropical storm that swept through Guaymas October 4th, 2015. It occurred while pilgrims from the Casa Franciscana Outreach where at the Mission to celebrate the transitus of St. Francis and they witnessed the devastation. One of them took the pictures that we are including a child searching for belongings, a destroyed car demonstrating the force of the water.

Under the water and boulders that came rushing down the hills are mattresses, pots and pans, clothes, blankets and the other meager possessions needed for basic survival by the poor who live in this area. For those of you that have been to Guaymas, you may remember the homes with cardboard roofs or no roofs. They are the people we serve they are our brothers and sisters. They had little and now they have nothing.

We have hundreds of families left homeless — children without a place to sleep or food to eat.

Please help in any way you can with prayers and financial support. When disasters like this occur, the old and the young suffer the most.

Our Friars and Mission staff are working tirelessly to serve the poorest-of-the-poor in their struggle to stay alive and protect their loved-ones, both old and young. I am asking you to think of your family and what you would do if you lost everything in a few brief moments with no relatives to take you in or social agencies or insurance to provide any relief. That is the situation facing us here in Guaymas.

Our dining rooms continue service but due to the blockage of paths and roads, many especially the children and elderly are not able to come down to eat. Our social workers and other staff, at their own risk, are doing their best to gather and deliver food, clothes, medicines and supply shelter, but this unexpected catastrophe is stressing our current resources to the maximum.

Please take this time to count your own blessings and, while I thank you for your generosity in the past, I am imploring you to show your mercy and caring by helping us to help these suffering, storm ravished poor. My prayers and love continue for you who see God in the faces of all His people and do not turn your back on them. Any small gift, multiplied, like the fishes and loaves, is a big gift. Please, also, pray for us to endure this test of our faith.

You who supply seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness (2 Cor 9:10) and God will surely bless you.
Wishing you peace and grace,
Fr. Martin Ibarra, OFM
Casa Franciscana Mission

Flooding in the Barrios of Guaymas

The CFO is a Non-Profit Corporation, founded in the early 1980's. It is ministry under the direction of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, Oakland, California.

An all volunteer organization, the Outreach is rooted in the principles, traditions and philosophies of the Franciscan Order.

Its sole purpose is to provide financial support for the Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas. As an entity of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, the Outreach is the U.S. link to the Guaymas Mission. Through the Outreach, benefactors are able to provide financial support for the Guaymas Mission, and in-turn receive a tax deduction for their generosity.

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