Peru (MNN) — Though most of American media has moved on from the devastating 8.0 magnitude earthquake in Peru, the needs remain dire. Buckner International responded quickly to the quake and delivered 800 blankets, shoes, socks, underwear and diapers to the displaced in the provinces of Chinca and Canete, located south of Lima.
Leslie Chace, director of Latin American Ministries, accompanied Buckner staff in Peru and government representatives from the Ministry of Women and Social Work to distribute the aid among hundreds of children and families living in displacement camps. Almost all the homes in this region were destroyed.
"It was so shocking and sad to see the children and the elderly, all starving for love," Chace said. "The minute they saw us, they started forming lines to receive any aid we could give. They were all so thankful. We would hug them and tell them God loves them. It was very powerful."
Buckner has partnered with government agencies in Peru to provide foster care and orphanage reform since 2006. Responding to this tragedy as a unified team, in conjunction with the mayors from each affected city, was "encouraging," Chace said.
"The government staff had waited for us to go with them to see everything firsthand," Chace said. "It was very emotional but encouraging to be a part of a team that's really seeking to help and respond to the needs."
The blankets and aid Buckner distributed were purchased in Peru from donations received shortly following the quake. Shoes for Orphan Souls will be sending another container filled with shoes and donations within the next week.
All of these efforts are done in Jesus' name. The goal is to provide physical and spiritual assistance to help provide opportunities for Christians to share their faith. Pray that God uses this activity to lead many people to himself.
According to government reports, more than 500 people were killed and 1,000 injured in the Aug. 16 quake. It is estimated that 34,410 houses, four hospitals, and countless churches have been destroyed.