Mudslides have been wreaking havoc in California in the last few weeks, tragically killing 43 in Santa Barbara and an estimated 20 in Montecito, CA.
On Sunday, searchers had found the body of the latest victim: 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa, whose 6-year-old son, Peerawat, was also killed. Sutthithepa’s 2-year-old daughter, Lydia, is missing.
Tragically, searchers in the city have given up hope of finding any remaining survivors. The odds of finding anyone alive have dwindled in the days since the devastating catastrophe occurred, and the search was abandoned.
“This decision was not made lightly,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, there was some optimistic news. Delbert Weltzin, 62, was found alive and well by rescuers. Five people remain missing: Faviola Calderon, 28; John “Jack” Cantin, 17; John “Jack” Keating, 53; Lydia Sutthithepa, 2.
Will you please pray for those who remain trapped in the rubble?
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”