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Fatal Bus Accident in Honduras


On the morning of October 31, 2014, a bus transporting 57 Jehovah’s Witnesses, who had volunteered to provide Bible education in Las Flores Lempira, crashed en route from San Carlos Choloma. The accident resulted in the death of the commercial bus driver and thirteen Witness passengers, which included two fourteen-year-old girls and an eight-year-old girl. The 44 surviving Witnesses were taken to the hospital for examination. Only two required extensive medical care but have since been released. Fellow worshippers are providing comfort and practical assistance. On November 1, 2014, the first funeral was held in Choloma for nine of the victims who died in the crash. Some 3,000 people attended.

José Castillo, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Honduras, stated: “We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community and the various agencies that have come to the aid of those affected by this tragedy.”

Media Contact(s):

International: J. R. Brown, Office of Public Information, tel. +1 718 560 5000

Honduras: José Castillo Adriano, tel. +504 9998 0895

Mexico: Gamaliel Camarillo, tel. +52 555 133 3048


Jehovah’s Witnesses in Mexico Aid Victims of Hurricane Odile


In the aftermath of Hurricane Odile, which hit the coast of Baja California Sur on Monday, September 15, 2014, Jehovah’s Witnesses from the surrounding area provided food, water, and medicine to their members affected by the storm. No Witnesses were killed or injured in what proved to be the strongest storm to hit the peninsula since 1967. However, the storm destroyed 82 of the Witnesses’ homes and severely damaged 85 others, displacing 125 families. Those displaced were given shelter in the homes of fellow worshippers. Four days before the hurricane struck, relief committees of Witness volunteers sent letters to congregations in the area outlining how to prepare. Witness elders also arranged to relocate congregation members who lived in vulnerable structures to the homes of other Witnesses. The branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Mexico sent over 20 tons of relief provisions to the disaster area.

Media Contact(s):

International: J. R. Brown, Office of Public Information, tel. +1 718 560 5000

Mexico: Gamaliel Camarillo, tel. +52 555 133 3048