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Earthquake Update: Prayers Urged as Puerto Rico Continues to Shake

Earthquake-caused home damage in Puerto Rico.

By Carl Stagner

It had been more than a century since the island of Puerto Rico had suffered a strong earthquake. On December 28, the US territory was caught by surprise with what has been called a “swarm,” beginning with a 4.7-magnitude earthquake that day and a 5.0-magnitude quake early the following day. Numerous earthquakes have struck the land in the weeks since, including a powerful 6.4-magnitude on January 7 and a recent one that measured at 5.0 on February 4. Mary Ann Martinez, Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano) representative to the Ministries Council of the Church of God, and local/regional pastor in Puerto Rico, offers the Church of God movement an update on the ongoing critical situation. Continue reading

When God’s People Respond to Disaster

Photo: Rebuilding after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

By Christy Anderson

When tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires strike, people want to know how they can help. Individuals try to find ways to contact their loved ones to let them know that they are safe. Others call for more help. When called, the Church of God activates the Disaster Relief Team. This team assesses the situation and sends funds to affected areas as needed. These funds make it possible for on-the-ground teams to provide food, medicine, and other resources where the need is the greatest. As said by Scottish philosopher Adam Smith, “To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.” Continue reading