Missions Blog

Apr 21

Ecuador Earthquake Relief

2016 | by Clint | Category: Disaster Relief,Giving Opportunity,Global

Because Jesus cares for the hurting, we ought to care for the hurting, and sacrifice and suffer with them in prayer, word, and deed. We do not have a disaster relief program but there are several out there that are good and efficient at helping and sharing the love of Jesus. Check out this approach to the Ecuador earthquake that hit Saturday night, April 16, then prayerfully consider giving to help in this effort:

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which struck Ecuador on Saturday night, has killed at least 413 people. BGR trained teams are on the ground in a variety of areas doing assessments to determine the best course of action to take to respond to the situation. Three teams are currently on the ground assessing needs. David Brown, the BGR Area Director for the Americas said, “Our goal is identify a number of critical areas that need assistance.” The initial focus of the assessments will look at water, sanitation, and hygiene issues. Additionally, teams will assess food needs, shelter needs, and health concerns. “A good evidence-based assessment will provide a solid basis for planning both the short-term and longer-term response. Likewise, the assessment prevents duplications of efforts by multiple organizations and meets the actual needs of the affected population,” according the Pat Melancon, the BGR Managing Director of Disaster Response and Training. “A danger in a large disaster is to go in and rush to conclusions based upon speculation and not evidence. The speed of a response is no indication of the effectiveness of an organization. It’s the meeting of evidence based needs that translates into effectiveness, ” Melancon said. The ensuing reports will determine the level of response needed and “if” USA teams could be effectively be deployed at this time.

To read more about this ministry go to:  https://gobgr.org/news/news_detail/update-ecuador-earthquake1

To give to this relief program click here.