Many of you have probably heard about the 7.8-magnitude earthquake which struck Ecuador’s coast on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. We as a family were all in Quito, ready to watch Caleb’s drama performance. We are very thankful that we were together at the time of the earthquake. Our family is doing well, and we have not had any damage in Ibarra or in Quito.
On Ecuador’s coast, however, the destruction is staggering. It was the largest earthquake since the 7.2-magnitude quake of 1987. Two groups from the mission church are among the first-responders. Please pray for their efforts.
The death toll has reached 500 as of April 19 and is continuing to rise as the search and rescue efforts proceed. Hundreds of people are still missing and thousands of injured need treatment. Please pray for the families who have lost loved ones and for all the emergency helpers.
As part of the Liebenzell Mission team of Ecuador, we are in the process of evaluating how and where we can help. The government and other aid organizations request that all help be coordinated through their officials. Our team leader visited the affected areas and spoke to officials. Our churches are also part of the Christian Emergency Committee which is meeting to organize aid, volunteers and training to the communities on the Ecuadorian coast.
We also see the need to provide long-term aid. In addition to the immediate help being given, crisis counseling and reconstruction support are tasks in which we want to be involved.
Thank you for all your prayers and financial support. May the Lord bless your richly.
Dana & Daniel, Benjamin, Caleb, Jessica, Sabrina and Alexa