Posted by: calloftheandes | May 2, 2016

Notes from the Quake Zone (Eighth in a Series)

Pictured (l to r) are Pastors Marco Albornoz and David Jaramillo, Sofia Maldonado, and Drs. Paola Pérez and Daniela Guevara.

Pictured (l to r) are Pastors Marco Albornoz and David Jaramillo, Sofia Maldonado, and Drs. Paola Pérez and Daniela Guevara.

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

by Hermann Schirmacher

It was raining all night from Saturday to Sunday. Some of us were awakened by another replica at night. At 6:00 a.m. during breakfast, it continued to rain. We prayed God to give us a nice day to facilitate the work. However, during the two-hour drive to San José de Chamanga, still it rained all the time.  Along the way were several mudslides and fallen trees on the road.

When we were almost there, the sky opened and we had sun with a warm temperature, reminding me of Jonah in the Old Testament.

Most places on the edge of the road were people [who had] raised camps or shelters with tents and plastic and were not asking for help.A9KcB99i

The team of pastors was in several places in the area supporting the population psychically and distributing materials for children and donations.

The number of patients we had was minor, however some injuries of people who were affected by the earthquake. I especially noted the 85-year-old lady whose arm was fractured arm a week ago Saturday. They wrapped her arm with sticks of bamboo, but there was no doctor. The splint steadied her arm well enough to reach the hospital and receive treatment.

On the trip back we visited and we attended to eight mothers with children under one year, in the community Diez de Agosto, giving them some donations that came from Quito.

We arrived at Atacames very tired, and rested for another day. Lord willing, we will go tomorrow to the community of San Gregorio near El Salto or Muisne.

Hermann Schirmacher is a missionary with Reach Beyond.

Drs. Trina Wisecup, Paola Pérez, Daniela Guevara and EMT Darrell Holden with mothers and babies at Ecuador's coastal area.

Drs. Trina Wisecup, Paola Pérez, Daniela Guevara and paramedic Darrell Holden with mothers and babies at Ecuador’s coastal area.

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