Friday, March 11, 2011

"alerta"

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.

8 comments:

shirlgirl said...

I never thought of Panama. Let's pray for the safety of all. My friend's granddaughter is in Japan going to school. She texted her mother and then called her. She is safe and back at her host family's home. Praise God for that. She lives in Toyko.

LL said...

Scary stuff! I have good friends vacationing in HAwaii right now, it's becomes so real when you have loved ones in the area.
Prayers for Elder Yonder.

Doran & Jody said...

Smoley hokes....keeping fingers crossed and prayers sent heavenward.

Swimmingmom said...

I was watching a video of the earthquqke and Sunami and it is hard to take in. I too didn't think of Panama. Scary,. scary

Darleen said...

Not easy being a missionary mom or a missionary "auntie". My nephew is in Tokyo right now but we have received news that all the missionaries in his mission are safe. Lots of prayers for our wonderful missionary boys.

Primarymary said...

Richard and his wife and youngest son live about 20 miles from Tokyo. Richard said, this was the first time during a quake he felt it prudent to leave his house, twice. They are fine, but my nephew couldn't get home from school, because the trains stopped running. He was able to stay with a friend's family.
I will pray for your missionary's continued safety.

Jo Jo said...

Interesting stories you've gathered here!

Jenny said...

Church’s Missionaries in Japan All Safe and Accounted For

SALT LAKE CITY | 12 March 2011 | Church leaders confirmed this morning that all missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Japan are safe and accounted for. The Church had been working diligently to make contact with missionaries in Sendai despite difficulty with communication systems and traveling in and around the city.