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Ecuador Earthquake Relief

June 2016 Update:

RMM has invited Kirk Kauffman to serve as Ecuador Relief Coordinator Please contact info@rmmoffice.org for more information and ways to get connected with the relief efforts.
To give, visit donate.rmmweb.org and designate “Ecuador Relief," or mail checks to:

Rosedale Mennonite Missions
2120 E 5th Ave
Columbus OH 43219

Thanks for your generosity and your continued prayers.

Praying for Ecuador

April 25, 2016
  1. Please pray for all of the grieving families who have lost people they love and lost their homes.
  2. Pray for the Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa and his team to make wise decisions on behalf of the country in the midst of chaos.
  3. Pray for the members Ecuadorian Evangelical Mennonite Church (IEME) who have lost homes and family members. Pray for these brothers and sisters to have courage and keep the faith to stay unified in their families and churches and also reach out to their neighbors and communities during this time of tragedy.
  4. Pray for the churches not effected by the quake, but are doing all they can to help the churches that were. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide all of the churches to be unified and help each other.
  5. Pray for the leaders of the churches that were affected by the earthquake. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide all of these leaders to make the best decisions possible for how to help their congregations, communities and cities.
  6. Pray for David Shenk and Peter Wigginton as they visit the effected areas to plan how to respond with reconstruction, medical care, counseling services and economic development.
  7. Pray for wisdom for RMM leaders in how to best serve our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters as they walk through this tragedy. Pray for Dion and Naty Peachey and Carla Wanty as they communicate with the churches in Ecuador to be sensitive to hear what the churches need and clear in communicating with RMM and the CMC churches in how they can help.
  8. Pray for the Holy Spirit to release the gift of creative generosity to our brothers and sisters in Ecuador.

A message from the Ecuadorian Evangelical Mennonite Church:

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador, April 18, 2016 — Greetings brothers in Christ, we are sending this to you to inform you of the situation that occurred in our country and in our Mennonite churches.

As you probably know by now our country experienced an earthquake of 7.8 on the Richter scale and it affected primarily the coastal cities of Esmeraldas, Pedernales, Portoviejo, Manta and Guayaquil. The devastation very great.

The death toll currently is at 350 but the authorities estimate that it will probably double as time passes. The number of injured is very great and they should be evacuated by air because our hospitals can't handle anymore.

At this time these cities are isolated and out of communication, phone service is very difficult, electricity is running at 30%. Highways are destroyed in a number of places and it is necessary to take alternate routes. Food is very limited, almost no drinking water, and medicine is needed to attend to the injured.

From what we know about our congregations; we do know that the parents of Pastor Fabian Buenaventura have lost their home, the home of the mother of Hermana Graciela has been totally destroyed and the home of Pastor Tumbaco has a wall that collapsed, this is what we know at the moment. More detailed information is being gathered about Manta, Portoviejo and Pacoche.

As a national church we are working at sending help immediately… supplies, water, medicine, clothing, shelter, repellent, etc, is being distributed.

Nationally, emergency help organizations are receiving and collecting but the distribution is way too slow and many times doesn't come in time.

As the National Administrative Leadership of IEME (Ecuadorian Evangelical Mennonite Church) we request any assistance you can provide to our brothers who are going through this unfortunate and difficult situation.

Fraternally in Christ,

Pastor Angel Castro,
Vice President IEME and logistics coordinators