Presbytery in Prayer – Praying for those affected by Volcanoes


On June 3, the Fuego Volcano, located 27 miles southwest of Guatemala City erupted sending lava flowing down the mountain, covering villages with lava, ash and lahar.  The official number is over 100 people who have died and 200 more are missing.  Many were injured and burned. Several have been evacuated to the United States for treatment.

PDA is responding in collaboration with partner CEDEPCA, the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America, which is headquartered in Guatemala City. A $10,000 solidarity grant has been approved and continued support is being discussed.


It’s been weeks since Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began erupting on the big island. The lava flow continues to press on to the ocean. Large fissures open up daily. Many people have lost everything or have been cut off from their homes and businesses. When the lava hits the ocean, it creates a cloud of toxic steam. This week lava flow reached Green Lake, a fresh water reservoir. The lava filled the lake and evaporated the water within a few hours. PDA continues to be in communication with representatives in Hawaii according to Jim Kirk, PDA’s associate for national disaster response.

Holy One, whose desire for all peoples is wholeness, life abundant, and peace:

Hear us as we pray in sorrow for lives lost and communities shattered by volcano eruptions.

As your servant Elijah fled for his life into the wilderness and found bread for the journey,

may survivors of these disasters find, in the outpouring of their neighbors’ care, 
shelter, sustenance and companionship.

In the sheer silence that follows

When the cries for help are stilled and
the cameras and the news cycle have moved on to
another tragedy,
Calling us to bear witness
Calling us to remember
Calling us to bring ourselves to

A ministry of prayerful presence and potent generosity.

Let us have an answer when your voice inquires,

What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Let us answer with our prayers
Let us answer with generous gifts
Let us join together, an international community of healing,

To rebuild, to restore, and in time, to rejoice

That in a world that suffers, Light still shines,

And darkness, dust and lava shall not overcome it.

In the name of the Human One we pray, Amen

Adapted from a prayer by Rev. Laurie Krause, Director of PDA


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

For Gifts for  Guatemala Disaster Assistance 

More information on the Hawaiian Volcano Eruptions