A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on August 12, not far from the capital of Quito, followed by numerous aftershocks. A second quake, 4.7-magnitude, followed on August 16, again followed by aftershocks. Buildings were destroyed and several lives have been lost in their wake. While initial reports indicate that all area Church of God individuals are safe, at least one church building near the epicenter sustained serious damage. It will take some time to assess the full extent of the damage and determine any need for assistance.
Missionaries Jon and Karen Lambert are on the ground in Ecuador, continuing to offer the hope and love of Jesus Christ during assessment and clean-up. The Disaster Relief Committee at Church of God Ministries has been in contact with the Lamberts and will continue to monitor the needs. Please continue to pray for the work and witness of the Lamberts and the Church of a God in Ecuador as they face certain challenges in the coming days and weeks.
The Disaster Relief Fund enables the Church of God to respond swiftly and decisively when disaster strikes. You can help. Donate today at www.jesusisthesubject.org/disaster-relief.
News and information about disasters, and questions about disaster relief, can be directed to Stephen R. Lewis, chair of the Disaster Relief Committee at Church of God Ministries, at 800-848-2464, ext. 2198, or SLewis@chog.org.
“During this time some prophets traveled from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up in one of the meetings and predicted by the Spirit that a great famine was coming upon the entire Roman world. (This was fulfilled during the reign of Claudius.) So the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the brothers and sisters in Judea, everyone giving as much as they could.”—Acts 11:27–29 NLT