When I found out about the tsunami in Japan this morning, my prayers went up for all of those suffering from the devastating effects of this horrible, horrible disaster.
Then my thoughts went racing across the Pacific to the coast of Panama.
I found a live feed to a Panama News Television Station.
It's like their CNN.
The news is in Spanish, but I was happy to be able to understand most of it without too much effort.
The newscaster said the country is under a tsunami ALERT. And then he explained the important difference between an alert and an alarm
(I may not have translated those over directly in to English)
Sort of like watch and a warning.
"Es importante mantener la calma; ser pendientes de tota la informacion."
Basically he was trying to communicate that it's important to maintain a sense of calm; to use this time to make sure everyone is prepared for whatever might happen. And as of the time of this post, there are still about 7-10 hours before the waves will reach them.
With 18 hours from disaster to impact,
I am at peace, knowing that the church will have sufficient time to take good care of its missionaries.