The official death toll of the 7.8 Earthquake which hit on April 16 is now 654. Strong aftershocks  – some of more than 6 on the Richter scale – continue to rock this region. Over 16,600 people were injured and  many are still missing. Waterborne disease is now threatening; it will probably take years to replace all the roads and infrastructure. This post will be updated regularly with new information on SIM’s response to the disaster as it comes to hand.

For details on how to contribute to SIM’s disaster relief project, click here

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May 26: A surprising result from rebuilding

by John WoldhuiecuadorRebuilds

We arrived in the small town of Coaque, Ecuador, and ended up at a small plot of land and with 25 volunteers from three mission organizations and multiple local churches, building a new home for Sami.

During the week we held church meetings in the evenings. Nearly 60 adults and children attended every night to hear the preaching and a number came to faith. During the day volunteers led outreach ministries to women and children that were well attended. We sat down with the community president to ask him how we could help long term. The president’s invitation was surprising.

“After seeing all that you’ve done in our community this week, what we really need is a church,” he said. “I’ve seen you build this week, giving bricks and cement to many people who needed it. However each night as the community has gathered together to hear you preach and watch the movies I can see our community needs Jesus, that’s what we really need.”

God is at work, even through the aftermath of this earthquake!  We are thankful we could do this work in partnership with a local church, and we hope to maintain these relationships with the Coaque community. SIM Ecuador is planning another work trip to this community in early August.

For details on how you can contribute to SIM’s disaster relief project, click here

May 18: Aftershocks continue

Magnitude-6.7 temblor and another measuring 6.8 strike as aftershocks continue to rock Ecuador following April’s devastating quake. More…

 

May 15: rebuilding –  Three  Ecuador churches plus SIM Ecuador  and World Adventure are sending a team of 25 volunteers, for one week to build 2 houses. They will be building in a community very close to the epicentre in Matla which is a rural community 10 minutes outside of Pedernales (one of the hardest hit areas from Earthquake). They are partnering with a local church in this community. This will be the first of 3 or 4 trips to the coast  to build more homes. John Woldhuis, Dustan King, Michael Reeves, David Ludeña and David Cook are some of the SIM team who will be constructing these houses with the Ecuadorians who are going to help build.
Amanda King will be going to minister to the children; since the earthquake in this area there is no longer school building and school has been cancelled by the Government for four months.
Please pray for physical, spiritual and mental protection, and wisdom as they counsel people. What they will see and experience will impact them all  in different ways.
Pray that through these trips the local church in Matla and Perdanales can be supported and encouraged and that more people will come to know God through this tragedy.

To follow their progress, like this facebook page: Loja Construye

 

14 May: Images of earthquake relief on local TV: 593Ecuador. Impacto Mundial, SIM, BGR, IMB and Ecuador Baptist Convention efforts are noted in the broadcast, with highlights of work we are doing in El Matal (see  7:35, 10:07, and 11:05):

 

 

29 April: Ecuadorian Air Force

Who would have thought that the Ecuadorian Air Force would join hands with a mission agency? Yesterday, Impacto Mundial (Sending Agency for SIM Ecuador) managed to send supplies by aeroplane to the most affected areas of the Ecuadorian Coast.

As more things are collected the need is getting more and more specific. Yesterday it was matches, batteries, oats and powdered milk; today we are talking about tents, mattresses and mats. We continue to work with those collecting needed items to respond appropriately.

 

22 April: Training For Immediate Assistance Impacto Mundial Guayaquil 01 - Julieta Murillo

Julieta Murillo and Maria Lola Moreno were returning from an Impacto Mundial meeting in Ambato on Saturday evening of 16th April when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck. On arriving in Guayaquil they immediately mobilised their team to start coordinating a response to the devastating earthquake along the coastal towns. Two teams have been formed, Maria Lola coordinating the team for the collection and organisation of needed assistance, including medical supplies, masks, water, food and clothing. Julieta is taking her response team to distribute aid and supply help in various cities and towns including Portoviejo, Manta, Canoa, San Vicente and Bahía.  An intensive training was conducted on Monday (18th April) to help prepare for the task ahead. The response team have been travelling into an area for two days and then returning to Guayaquil to recuperate. It is confronting and exhausting work, services are absent, including electricity, communication is limited, there is a lack of water and food and no petrol stations open to refuel cars.

 

April 21: Convoy to Deliver Much Needed AidOn the road - David Martinez

David Martinez, SIM missionary travelled under guard to the earthquake affected zone to deliver much needed aid.  During the previous days, Radio Ondas de Esperanza (Waves of Hope) announced that it would be collecting supplies from people to take to the coast.  David’s car and trailer were packed as he headed down with this love offering.

 

April 21:  Responding to the Earthquake

Following the devastating April 16 earthquake, SIM Ecuador is leading a response team to provide housing and other aid for some of the affected people.

Emergency Relief:  Our workers living in the coastal city of Guayaquil immediately  responded, providing water, food and clothes, transporting it into parts of the affected area of Portoviejo and Manta.  Several aid transports are being carried out from Loja, where most of our missionaries live.  Our radio station Ondas de Esperanza is  a delivery point for supplies collected from local believers in that southern province, including the most needed: water and medicine. These are then sent in big trucks towards the coast.

Recovery:  SIM’s  extended response to the crisis will be in reconstruction and pastoral care. We are coordinating a team of builders and counsellors to be sent out in mid-May, in conjunction with local churches.  The goal is to enable people to begin to go about their daily lives and resume some kind of normal existence. We  are eager to “adopt” a small community so that in the midst of many needy places, it is not forgotten.

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The official death toll of the 7.8 Earthquake which hit on April 16 is now 654. Over 16,600 people were injured and  58 are still missing. Waterborne disease is now threatening; it will probably take years to replace all the roads and infrastructure. This post will be updated regularly with new information on SIM’s response to the disaster as it comes to hand.

For details on how to contribute to SIM’s disaster relief project, click here

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