September 06, 2015

This picture was taken from an airplane window. foto courtesy of Jaime Palacio

Bursts of ash spew from the snow-encircled crater of the Cotopaxi Volcanoand fall in gusts on this village where the locals struggle to herd sheep and cattle to safety.

Capped by glaciers, the 19,350-foot (5,987-meter) volcano is one of the world's most feared due to its location just 30 miles (50 kilometers) from theEcuadorean capital Quito.

Although officials say there currently is no such risk, a major eruption could hurl rock and mudflows into zones that are home to more than 300,000 people. The government has set a yellow precautionary alert, the lowest of three levels.

Congratulations to the Phelps

  1. Congratulations to Aaron and Stefanie (Rich) Phelps on the birth of their son,Charles Atlas Phelps born at 10:53 PM on September 3, 2015. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 6 oz. and is 21 inches long. Charles has a full head of dark hair and a great set of lungs. Both mother and baby are doing well. Thank you for your prayers.

    Please pray for Bryan and Jennifer Rich who are expecting their first baby the second week of September. Bryan and Stefanie are the children of Dwight and Carolyn Rich who are the proud grandparents and the NAF Directors