Ecuador Earthquake

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Bishop Silvio Cevallos, the head of the Methodist Church in Ecuador, sends the following news:

"We are very thankful for your solidarity during this difficult time. We are glad to know that our brothers and sisters in Christ are concerned about the distressing situation our country is facing.

In the areas of Santo Domingo, Calceta, Manta and Guayaquil, where many of our church members are situated, there has been lots of material damage and injuries. We are very sad to say that a girl from one of our congregations in Santa Domingo passed away when her house was destroyed.

We are currently seeking international, national and local help. Locally, different church congregations have been sending food and basic commodities, but we also need international help in order to assist those most in need, and to send provisions to areas which have yet to receive any. 

Please keep our country in prayer, as the anguish amongst the population is constant."   



We mourn with the people of Ecuador as they come to terms with a devastating 7.8 earthquake that has claimed the lives of nearly 300 people and possibly many more since Saturday. The north eastern coastal province of Manabí is at the epicentre of the earthquake, but the tremor was felt as far away as Quito, hundreds of kilometres away.

Limited resources in that area have led to neighbouring Latin American countries sending experts and basic supplies of food, water and shelter. The country's president, Rafael Correa, has cut a presidential visit to Rome short and returned immediately to lead the nation through this disaster.

There are Methodist churches in parts of the affected province, and we are waiting to hear from the head of the Church, Bishop Silvio Cevallos, concerning how the earthquake has affected them. We have offered the prayers and condolences of the Methodist Church in Britain to the Church.

As a Church, we pray for Ecuador and theIglesia Metodista Evangelica Unida del Ecuador (IEMUE)on day 10 of every month. You are welcome to use the following prayer for those affected by this earthquake:

I lift up my eyes to the hills-
    from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

                Psalm 121:1-2 (NRSV)

Heavenly Father, we pray for the nation of Ecuador. We lift up before Your throne of grace all the communities that have been devastated by the earthquake. We ask that You would lead rescue workers to the places where people are still trapped and that the people would not give up hope of finding their loved ones. We pray You strengthen all those who are still trapped and awaiting rescue. Fill them with hope, we pray. We ask that You be with the rescuers and those that are helping to mobilise more resources to help meet urgent needs.

We pray that you comfort those who are mourning the loss of loved ones. We ask Holy Spirit of God that you would console them during this time and be with them for You are close to the broken-hearted and save the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).

We pray for our partner church, the United Evangelical Methodist Church in Ecuador, that they may be a shining light of the love, grace and care of the Lord Jesus Christ for the communities they serve in the affected areas.


Sandra Lopez, Partnership Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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