Aftershocks hit Ecuador, country still in need

By May 20, 2016

Ecuador (MNN) – Aftershocks continue to hit Ecuador more than a month after the 7.8 quake that devastated the same coastal region on April 16.

Wednesday quakes, according to Reuters, reached magnitudes 6.7 and 6.8, causing light damage, electricity outages, and sending people into the streets in fear. One man was killed and many were injured in the chaos.

Quakes were felt hundreds of miles away from the epicenter.

Image courtesy of Compassion International.

Image courtesy of Compassion International.

The country faces major repair costs and emotional damage already. Reuters puts the government’s estimates of damage at $2 billion with 29,000 people homeless. Each additional tremor threatens to further damage infrastructure, and people are scared.

Coming alongside

Since the quakes last month, Compassion International’s Ecuador staff has been scrambling to assess and meet the needs of the communities, families, and children they serve.

Compassion helps children all over Ecuador. (Image courtesy of Compassion via Instagram).

Compassion helps children all over Ecuador. (Image courtesy of Compassion via Instagram).

They have over 70,000 children in their program in Ecuador with 13,000 in 30 miles of the effected region. Four church partners had to close down their buildings due to structural damage.

In disasters like these, victims can lack basic provisions of food, water, and shelter. In the pain of loss, they might also lack hope. As they attempt to return to normal life, they fear more loss.

The need

Compassion and their church partners seek to answer any need they can. They aim to help communities long-term as they grapple for sustainability. In addition, they share the hope found in Christ—a hope that cannot be destroyed.

They are asking for your help, primarily through prayer.

Compassion shared the following prayer list last month:

• Pray for the local officials and government, that their efforts at relief and rebuilding will be swift and fruitful. Pray for effective mobilization of resources and volunteers.

• Pray for the victims and families of the deceased, that God will provide them with quick recoveries and comfort in their grief.

• Pray for miraculous stories of survival as people are pulled from the rubble and the endurance of those carrying out rescue efforts.

• Pray for the Compassion Ecuador staff and our local church partners as they assess the needs of the children and their families.

• Pray for the children in our program and their families, that the “God who sees” will provide safety and be with them through this tragedy.

They also need financial assistance. You can contribute to the Ecuador emergency fund here.

4 Comments

  • Master says:

    Lord be in control of everything that is happening in this place

  • Tami Carter says:

    Dear brothers & sisters in Ecuador, We are so sorry for this tragedy in your country May our all knowing God bring good out of this seemingly horrible situation. May people turn to the Living God for all of their needs, both emotional & physical. May our sponsored boy, Ariel Richard & his family be safe & fully trusting in their God, Jesus Christ, to do exceedingly more than they could ever imagine. Our daily prayers are with you & all of those who have suffered & been affected by this earthquake. To God be the glory for His indescribable love for all of His children throughout the world. TRUST IN GOD!!!

  • Heidy Tort says:

    Dios Los bendiga. That means God bless you all. May the richness and blessing pour out to AL ecuatorianos and all the ministries working to help on the restablization of Ecuador and it’s people. I hope I said the word wright. May the blessings of the Lord and healing phisically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally after such big disasters like these be with all Ecuatorianos and ministries, political members, rescuers and President. May God restore hope, give new ideas, restore above all people’s faith in Jesus of Nazareth, the living Christ, the Son of God who lives and speared his blood for all of us. Let me know how or what I can help

  • Your Name says:

    Dios Los bendiga. That means God bless you all. May the richness and blessing pour out to AL ecuatorianos and all the ministries working to help on the restablization of Ecuador and it’s people. I hope I said the word wright. May the blessings of the Lord and healing phisically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally after such big disasters like these be with all Ecuatorianos and ministries, political members, rescuers and President. May God restore hope, give new ideas, restore above all people’s faith in Jesus of Nazareth, the living Christ, the Son of God who lives and speared his blood for all of us. Let me know how or what I can help

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