Monday, April 25, 2016

UPDATE: Ecuador Earthquake – How Are Our Brothers Fairing?

On April 16th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador's coast. This earthquake has killed more than 600 people and has left thousands of people without basic necessities such as food, water, medical care and shelter.





Here at Ministry Ideaz (based in Quito) we were a little shaken, but we're OK! However, our brothers and sisters at the coast weren’t as fortunate. As of this writing, the death toll is at 655 including one of our sisters and a small child. Furthermore, some of our dear brothers and sisters are still missing. Thank you to all that have written in and messaged with your concerns! We’ve received hundreds and hundreds of messages of concern.











As soon as the news reached us in Quito, the congregations started to get together some food, clothes, sheets and non-perishable food items. Volunteers have been working at three local Kingdom Halls here in Quito, and one in Guayaquil receiving donations, which are sent in trucks to the areas affected by the earthquake. Our little 2-year-old helped us and gave away a few of his stuffed animals.

Here are some pictures of some of the donations that are being received:





Cans of food with notes of encouragement en route to our
dear brothers and sisters that were affected by the earthquake.

Some good friends and fellow need-greaters share this from Canoa, Ecuador: “It seems as though a bomb fell on the town. We’ve brought provisions for the brothers that are camping out at a sister’s place in the countryside that didn't suffer any damage. We plan to take the ones we can out to safety. No brothers have died in that town though and they’re all ok.”


The worst hit areas were between the coastal provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas. In the town of Pedernales 80% of the houses and building suffered damage. Here is a shot of the Kingdom Hall in that town:






First meeting since the quake!


A brother’s hotel and the Kingdom Hall serve as a temporary home for over 200 brothers and sisters that have lost everything.


Sleeping at one of the Kingdom Halls that is still intact

A sister in Crucita said that the living room is like one big bed. The whole family is sleeping close. Provisions have arrived and Brother Mieles from the Branch Committee gave a beautiful talk to the congregation. They feel sooooo loved. The branch representatives are visiting the smaller groups now. It was mentioned in the talk that fear is normal, and so are the aftershocks. He continued: “I asked one brother how he is sleeping. He said that they are working so hard that they are sleeping great! He said that 107 volunteers were working the previous night until midnight. They feel the strength from your prayers. Keep them coming!” Members of the branch committee have made personal visits to provide encouragement and assess the damage and the need.

It is now 10 days since the earthquake. There are still 48 people missing. There have been hundreds of aftershocks, two of which were magnitude 6.2 and 6.1 on the Richter scale.

Friends have asked how they can make a donation. The Ecuador branch of Jehovah’s Witnesses has asked that all inquiries regarding contributions to the relief effort be sent via email to: contabilidad.ec@jw.org.

Sources: Personal experiences and El Comercio

50 comments:

  1. Prayers an thoughts an love to my dear brothers an sisters, an a thank you to Jehovah for the love nd care that he shows all of us through his Organisation, I live in New Zealand, an can understand how those of my brothers an sister's feel as we are recovering still from the effects of earth quakes in our country, love and prayers to you all

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  2. Thank you so much for this information it is comforting to hear. May Jehovah keep you all strong.

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  3. Dear Spiritual Family
    You will be in my prayers. May Jehovah's love and holy spirit continue to be with giving you needed strength and comfort. With deepest condolences.
    Agape love
    Sheila R

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  4. I am thinking of you all , Jehovah will keep you strong , my heart goes out to you all and I wish i was there to help , I will be praying and doing what I can here to help those of you out there , keep up you good faith , your so loved. Agape Love Melody F.

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  5. May Jehovah comfort and strengthen all the brothers and sisters. May he direct the relief work and move many hearts to contribute in anyway they can. We love you all and our hearts and prayers go out to you our precious brothers and sisters. With love Julie C

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  6. My dear spiritual family may Jehovah make you strong and he will make you stand!! Jehovah got you in every way never doubt!!! He hears your prayers and is sending blessings! I send my love and prayers Cristine G

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  7. May Jehovah give stregnth to our brothers in Ecuador. We love you and pray for you each day. We will continue to pray for you all. Jehovah listens to all these prayers and will bless you all.

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  8. I love you dear brothers and sisters in Ecuador. You are in my prayers to Jehovah for you. May he bless you all with endurance, peace, love and all the necessary things.

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  9. As Isaiah 41:13 says, Jehovah is with you dear brothers, do not be afraid. He will strengthen you in your time of distress. I wish I could be there to help. With much agape love for you brother's and sisters, you are in my prayers.

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  10. May Jehovah give you the strength to endure as he has done for all his servants in the past

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  11. With loving thought you have been in my prayers may jehovh give you strength and comfort.

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  12. With loving thought you have been in my prayers may jehovh give you strength and comfort.

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  13. When I saw the pictures on Ministry Ideaz of all of you friends and the damage, my hearts aches for you. Please know you are in my prayers and I know Jehovah will take of your needs and comfort as he is in fact doing right now!!!



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  14. Rebecca LeddingtonApril 26, 2016 at 6:41 AM

    My dear brothers and sisters, you are all in our prayers here in the USA. Jehovah is with you, and will help you.(Isaiah 41:10). Agape.

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  15. we had big earthquakes in Japan the other day. That was the sama timing of Ecuador. Some brothers n sisters lost thire home. But nobody died! May Jehova blesses all of you. Warm Christian love from Japan.

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  16. May Jehovah be with all of you.He will continue to make you strong.

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  17. Linda cook Tucson AZApril 26, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    Your all in my prayers every night, keep Jehovah close, he loves you immensely. ��

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  18. Dear brothers and sisters you are all in our prayers in Canada. Agape

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  19. Edna Gunn, Detroit Mi April 26,10:45am
    My Dear Brothers and Sisters you all are in my prayers since the day we heard about the 'quake' Jehovah is with you and will continue to help you keep the faith and he will strengthen you. He loves you and will never leave you.

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  20. Agape my dearest brothers and sisters from Chattanooga,TN. Remembered the Text Fil 4: 6-7 and 1 Cor 10:13.Soon these things will be from the past.

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  21. So much suffering in this system-we are blessed to know and have Jehovah. Heartfelt prayers to the friends doing His work and to all suffering from this earthquake. May Jehovah bless and keep you strengthened with Holy Spirit. Oakland County USA friends

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  23. Thank you Ministry Ideaz for shedding light on this situation. My prayers to Jehovah will continue to be on your behalf. Our God will take care of all of you, trust and be strong.
    C Moore

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  24. Thank you Ministry Ideaz for updating all of us on the progress of the brothers and sisters in Ecuador, thinking and praying for you all. Proverbs 3:5, trust in Jehovah with all your heart.

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  25. Our heartfelt prayers to Jehovah are for you all, may his holy spirit comfort and sustain you all during this terrible trial, pain, and loss. Los queremos mucho mis hermanos, que Jehova los bendice a todos.
    Daniel y Daniella Uribe

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  26. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Please be assured of the love of all your brothers and sisters in Canada. We hope and pray that any of our dear brothers still missing will be found alive. It's comforting to know Jehovah's organization is taking care of your needs. So important for all of us to keep donating to the worldwide work! We pray that Jehovah will give you the strength to endure; better times are closer than we may think!

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  27. Our dear brothers and sisters you are in our prayers. May the God of comfort, comfort you in your times of distress.Always keep remembering our God Jehovah is with you, and he feels the pain you are going through. We are here for you as One Unity organization. MUCH LOVE from ALABAMA (USA)

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  28. My heartfelt prayers goes out to all of JEHOVAH'S children. I would like to send a donation to help them in their time of need.

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    1. Please contact the Ecuador branch with regards to making a donation: contabilidad.ec@jw.org

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  29. The times we are leaving in has brought disaster to all the human family. Our feelings especially go to our dear brothers in the earthquake areas of Ecuador. Jehovah will comfort you in your suffering thru the brotherhood.
    LOVE like ours surpasses borders.
    2 Cor. 1:3,4

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  30. Thoughts and prayers are with all who suffered. We certainly need need a new world in so many ways.

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  31. Our thoughts and prayers go out each and everyone of our Brothers and Sisters. Jehovah will comfort you in this time of need. We need the New System.

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  32. You were all included in our congregation prayer on Sunday. Some had tears when we heard of your trial and the death of our sister and child. We are definitely living in the time of the end. May Jehovah bless you and keep you safe. Lean on Jehovah and he will give you strength. Love and big hugs Num. 6:24-26

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  33. What can I say that hasn't been said other than I've met any of you yet I could not possibly love you more than I do. Our father Jehovah has truly made us a family and a body dependant on each other (Eph. 4:1-6). You are and will continue to be in my prayers.

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  34. We are definitely living in the time of the end and it is so close, you can just feel the anger Satan must have when you encounter these trials and continue to place your hope in Jehovah! May Jehovah bless you and keep you safe. Always remember that , even when you feel you cannot take one more step, Jehovah will be your helper, supporter, and comforter. Ps. 94:17-19. Prayers for your challenges to be made bareable are being said by the entire brotherhood. With love to my spiritual family in Ecuador!

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  35. Thinking of you at this time may Jehovah strengthen you at this time as we look forward to the new world where there will be peace and happiness -Rev21:3,4

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  36. Dear brothers and sisters in Ecuador, I feel soooo sorry for what you have been through. I wish you get the strength you need to get through this disaster. Jehovah bless us in his earthly organisation, whenever we need help, brothers are there. May you feel being loved by all the responds from worldwide brotherhood and the branch. Ro 8:35 "Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword?" Nothing can stop us from Christ's love. You are in Jehovah's arm, he is taking care of you. May you be strong. Love from Susan

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  37. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Ecuador, I am so sorry for all of your suffering, your tears, your heartache over the loss of many things at this time. We thank our father, Jehovah, for his love, his comfort, his promise that all these terrible things will one day be a thing of the past, but the memories of how the brotherhood helped support you in this time of trial and need will strengthen you and give you hope. Please continue to endure and know that our love, hugs, and prayers are with you.

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  38. someone asked me how to contact the brothers ans sisters in Ecuador to send them words of encouragement

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    1. Please comment right here on our blog, if you like!

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  39. We send our Christian love and support to all you dear brothers and sisters in Ecuador, you are mentioned in our public prayers after our Watchtower study over here in Auckland, New Zealand. We know Jehovah will strengthen you to endure.

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  40. My dear brothers and sisters, My heartfelt prayers are with you. I know that Jehovah will strengthen you all to endure and that he will not let you go beyond what you can bear - 1 Corinthians 10:13. With warm Christian love.

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  41. My dear brothers and sisters, My heartfelt prayers are with you. I know that Jehovah will strengthen you all to endure and that he will not let you go beyond what you can bear - 1 Corinthians 10:13. With warm Christian love.

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  42. My dear Brothers and sisters our heartfelt prayers are with you. we know that Jehovah strengthens one to endure to what you can bear our warm Christian love be with you all from Jean Bowers South Africa

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  43. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Ecuador: all of you are truly in my thoughts and prayers. May you continue to rely on Jehovah for endurance. He will make you firm and he will make you strong as he has all along. The God of all comfort is with you. We love you all. Thank you Ministry Ideaz for your updates.

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  44. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Ecuador, Know that many prayers are being sent for you all. May Jehovah continue to strengthen and comfort you as you endure this terrible ordeal. His arm is not short, nor is his love. Know he will provide all your needs. Keep your eyes on the prize knowing these tribulations are temporary, soon to be removed and replaced with life in his glorious new earth where natural disasters will be no more. Stay strong and firm in the faith!
    Agape, Grazia, USA Indiana

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  45. To all Our Dear Brothers & sisters in Ecuador. May Jehovah comfort all of you at this time of need. Also that Jehovah's Holy spirit be with everyone assisting everyone that are assisting our Association of brothers & sisters in those cities of disaster.

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  46. Dear Brothers and Sisters, May Jehovah continue to strengthen you all. May you all keep turning to and relying on Jehovah for he is our stronghold and I pray that any of our missing brothers and sisters are found and I pray for all of you. Hold on just a little while longer and Jehovah will bring us all through this troubling time in this system of things and he will bring us eternal happiness in the new system of things. Agape Love from your Sister Yolanda Johnson in Baltimore MD USA.

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  47. Dear Brothers & Sisters, May Jehovah continue to strengthen you all. May you all keep turning to and relying on Jehovah for he is our stronghold and I pray that any of our missing brothers and sisters are found and I pray for all of you. Hold on just a little while longer and Jehovah will bring us all through this troubling time in this system of things and he will bring us eternal happiness in the new system of things. Agape Love from your Sister Yolanda Johnson in Baltimore MD USA.

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