Posted by: calloftheandes | April 29, 2016

Notes from the Quake Zone (Seventh in a Series)

A pickup nearly covered by debris from a structure in Portoviejo, Manabi Province, Ecuador. Photo used with permission of Grupo El Comercio.

A pickup nearly covered by debris from a structure in Portoviejo, Manabi Province, Ecuador. Photo used with permission of Grupo El Comercio.

(23 April 2016. San José de Chamanga, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador)

by Hermann Schirmacher

Pedro shared about the night of the event [the earthquake] and how thankful he was to God that his family did survive, saying “That is the most important, that we are alive. We lost everything, but we will continue on.”

Pedro with Hermann

Pedro with Hermann

He had tears in his eyes while saying that. He was visible agitated by telling what happened. “I also did see how the houses from my neighbors collapsed. It is a miracle that in this area we did not have any death people and just injured,” he said.  “We will go on and continue even if we lost all. We are all alive and thank you God for that.”

I asked him if one of his sons could come with us, and most of the members of the family came with us and we could give a few donations and food to them to help. His father came out as well and shared that he knew Reach Beyond formerly known as HCJB. He was grateful for the radio programs.

After that, some team members, pastors and psychologist continue to serve in the community of Chamanga until darkness.

Together with the national doctor from the Ministry of Health, we visited several communities and could hand out some donated food and good. Later we met again in Pueblo Nuevo to join our doctors who had still many patients looking for help before we travelled back to Atacames.

Lord, we pray for all the people who live in this area and are affected by this earthquake. Please help that the donations and the support continue on for enough time so they can continue to rebuild their houses and continue some kind of normal life again. Also for all the children who are traumatized and cry and can’t sleep well.

Hermann Schirmacher is a missionary with Reach Beyond.

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