Posted by: calloftheandes | May 3, 2016

Notes from the Quake Zone (Twelfth in a Series)

Highway on the way to Canoa, split by the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador.

Highway on the way to Canoa, split by the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador.

(26 April 2016 Canoa, Manabí Province, Ecuador)
by Hermann Schirmacher

Shortly before darkness Sebastian, the [Public Health Ministry] coordinator, wanted me to pick up some supplies at Canoa and bring them over to the refugee camp there. This community has no power yet, and it was amazing to see how many people went to the Movistar (cell phone company) vehicle to reload the batteries of their cell phones.

There is also no clean drinking water. A number of houses are destroyed and many have cracks in their walls. Several families live in shelters right now. This could be a place for a [Reach Beyond] water project in the future.

We went back just before darkness and tried to find a place to stay. Just in the center of Canoa, a hotel AMALUR run by a Spanish couple had two rooms for us. Their building has no visible cracks and the main pillars are sound and in a good condition.

We sensed that this was the place that the Lord sent us to today. Here is cell phone coverage, water from a cistern and electricity since tree days. They just went today shopping for the first time after 10 days to prepare food. They did not even know if they would have customers.

Thank you Lord for providing at the right time the ground for this team.

Hermann Schirmacher is a missionary with Reach Beyond.amalur



  1. […] Health; we just had constant calls for help from the little health center […]

  2. […] “Hermann, we have an emergency; a young girl is not responding. Please come quickly”. I did not doubt for a second and jumped up, called Dr. Daniela Guevara. She was sleeping already but did not hesitate in getting ready. We both rushed over to the tent not far from our hotel. […]

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