Ecuador Ravaged by Earthquake
On April 16, 2016, at 7:58 in the evening an earthquake hit coastal villages about 110 miles from Quito, Ecuador at the point of 7.8 on the richter scale with 659 people killed and 27,732 injured. Praise the Lord for the 1st Responders to such tragedy of 13,500 military and police persons and countless agencies from other countries.
Yet any survivor of such natural disasters will tell you that it is when all is settled and close to the anniversary that the storm hits their hearts and minds. The surfacing feelings, triggered reactions, invasive memories, reactive and protective fears are all what they most need help with. It is a time when people and children need help to turn towards God rather than blame God!
HOPE Response Team went May 23 - June 7, 2017
Ecuador 1st responders
Results of the trip....
Zone Zero was under guard but open to locals.
Sad silence filled our group as we entered.
We lived with them even with running water only 2 times per week, plastic on walls and dirt floors.
Homes built by both Christian organizations and the government were springing up to replace the tents.
The focus of our team as "HOPE Responders" was to visit the survivors with the hope of Christ Jesus.
There was a tenderness and openness among the people that they were remembered.
A memorial with names and ages of those lost was put up which brought many to tears.
Door-to-door visits with tracts on "Hope in Christ."
Prayers to receive Christ and his healing, over 167.
Preaching and teaching.
Sharing HOPE stories and HIS story in public schools.
Puppet skits on "kid troubles" and Jesus as a friend.
"Day of the Child" with the gift of Jesus and donated clothes.
Children's ministry as many shared as though it happened yesterday.
Taught seminary institutes of the HOPE Response to Loss, Pain and Grief for 4 hour sessions to pastors, prison chaplains, psychologists and other caregivers.
Those with a heart for sharing this HOPE to children, adults, married couples, and elderly! God has brought together a team that has all kinds of abilities and giftings from teaching, to music, to story-telling and crisis intervention that are willing to use their gifts and grow still more in doing it.
The HOPE RESPONSE is all about sharing the hope of Christ in times of loss, pain and grief. Our team includes spanish speakers so that the teachings go to the head and heart! There are those called to be “goers” and others called to be “senders” so we ask that you prayerfully consider coming alongside of this team as a strong prayer and financial supporter of the needs the “goer” will face.
Disaster "HOPE Responders"
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