Strong quake off Pacific coast of Guatemala.

By November 8, 2012

Guatemala (MNN) — A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Guatemala yesterday off the Pacific coast, rocking the capital and shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City and El Salvador.

Emergency officials say reports of injuries and collapsed buildings are trickling in because phone systems have been down in most of the country since a September quake.

Paradise Bound Ministries issued an immediate prayer alert. They indicated the epicenter was near many of the villages where they work, including La Reina and La Bendicion. In addition, since the quake struck near the volcano that erupted in September, many of the affected villages will be the same. The team is still trying to establish communication in the villages.

The good news: at first report, the Paradise Bound staff and their families are all accounted for, and their mission base is undamaged.

Over 15 years of ministry, Paradise Bound Ministries has developed a comprehensive and growing suite of programs meeting the needs of children, families, and villages for basic sustenance, medical care, and Christian ministry.

As a result, teams can provide regular medical care, pastoral training, and discipleship training. They also help rebuild homes for families, and run Open Doors Orphanage.

Thank God for keeping the staff safe. Pray for wisdom as they begin to assess damages in the surrounding communities in the days ahead, and ask God to provide the resources needed.

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