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
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Street flooding in Puerto Rico (credit: Caleb Garcia).
By Carl Stagner
Puerto Rico, you are not forgotten. Politics and pop culture may have taken over the headlines in recent days, but the Church of God continues to pray for you and assess widespread destruction left behind by Hurricane Maria. The reports from the ground are sobering; decimated accurately describes the landscape, as an estimated 90 percent of structures sustained serious damage (especially those made of wood), including 80 percent of the electrical transmission infrastructure. Some estimates paint a grim picture, as power may not be restored for several months for the more than three million Americans who call Puerto Rico home. Puerto Rico is also home to three Church of God congregations, now desperately trying to clean up, while continuing fervently to represent the hope of Christ amid the humanitarian crisis of a lifetime. Early this week, the Church of God in Puerto Rico provided an update. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Caribbean, damage, Disaster Relief, DRC, earthquake, electricity, flooding, humanitarian crisis, Hurricane Maria, island, Marcos Garcia, Mary Ann Martinez Garcia, Mexico City, power outage, Puerto Rico, wind damage, winds