Posted by: calloftheandes | May 13, 2016

Notes from the Quake Zone (Eighteenth in a Series)

A military camp at San Andrés de Canoa (Canoa) on Ecuador's Pacific coast.

A military camp at San Andrés de Canoa (Canoa) on Ecuador’s Pacific coast.

by Hermann Schirmacher

After breakfast we went over to the military camp that is receiving and handing out the donations, food and water. The military was just in the midst of their morning ceremony and formation. The colonel made a sign to his assistant and he came over to talk to me.

I shared with him who we were and asked a few questions on how this system of

Donations received in Quito, Ecuador for the victims of an April 16 earthquake. These were received by the Comité Cristiano de Emergencias de las Iglesias Evangélicas del Ecuador (Christian Evangelical Churches of Ecuador Emergency Committee).

Donations received in Quito, Ecuador for the victims of an April 16 earthquake. These were received by the Comité Cristiano de Emergencias de las Iglesias Evangélicas del Ecuador (Christian Evangelical Churches of Ecuador Emergency Committee).

handing out donations was working and how we could help with donations. He said that whoever wants can come and bring donations and hand them over at their facility and they pack it. But the individual donor can also do the distribution himself; the donor just needs their escort and coordination.

There are all kinds of bad rumors out there that the government is not acting right with the goods and donations. They say that the main party, Alianza Pais, is adding labels and flyers to each package and they put their name on it. I have no evidence at all of such a thing. In fact I was at a place when they came and handed the goods out. It did look to me very well and effective –well organized and they visit all the families who are in need.

Hermann Schirmacher is a missionary with Reach Beyond.

Hermann Schirmacher is a missionary with Reach Beyond.

The colonel also shared with me what they really could use besides what they got already:

– Plastic for temporary shelter
– canned tomatoes, beans
– flour, sugar, rice if possible in 2 kg bags
– mosquito nets
– bug spray and many other things.

We are safe back home. We had a very strong working week but it has blessed us more than anything else, as we could see many, many patients who received proper care and love many families receive donations. It was like a little drop in the bucket, but it turned many tears into smiles in the honor of our great God. We will continue on to send drops until it becomes a river of blessing.

Do you want to be part of it?

United States https://reachbeyond.org/ecuadorrelief

Canada http://reachbeyond.ca/urgentneedsecuador

Germany  https://www.dmgint.de/ueber-uns/projekte-der-dmg/das-projekt-im-detail/schweres-erdbeben-erschuettert-ecuador.html

Ecuador http://radiohcjb.org/

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