On April 16, 2016 a 7.8 earthquake rocked the nation of Ecuador, killing more than 400 people and injuring over 2,500. At the epicenter of the quake, the coastal town of Pedernales, many people have been left without food, water, shelter or medicine.
+ In addition to the destruction found at the epicenter, many towns and villages along the coast have been decimated. While both governmental and non-governmental agencies have rushed to meet the immediate needs in these areas, there will be ongoing cleanup and restoration needed in the weeks and months ahead.
In this time of slow recovery, the people of Ecuador not only have great physical needs, but also spiritual needs as they grapple with grave loss and the questions of “why”? In light of this tragedy, we want to offer you the chance to be a part of this restoration process and to become a part of shining God’s love to those who so desperately need it at this time. This June we are assembling a relief team to address both the physical and spiritual needs of the people on the ground. We want to not just share messages of love, but show love by helping to those who are in deep pain.
While we don’t know what the exact needs on the ground will be 2 months down the road we do know that there will be need and we will be ready to serve and shine the light of Christ in this nation. We are looking for open hearts and able hands, people who are just willing to dive in and serve. It may mean distributing food & water, removing piles of rubble, helping construct new homes, or ministering to those who have experienced great loss. Below are three ways that you can get involved.