Ecuador Earthquake Appeal – from General Conference
Dear Brethren in the AUC,
We have just received the following urgent appeal from the General Conference Welfare Department:
ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE APPEAL
“There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” Acts 4:34, 35.
To the dear reform family throughout the world.
With great sadness we have encountered many natural tragedies this year: floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, epidemics, etc. These things are clearly a sign that the end of all things is fast approaching. They also provide us an opportunity to share with our brothers the blessings that come from the hands of our Creator.
Last Saturday, April 18, the Ecuadorian Coast cities were devastated by an earthquake. Today early in the morning (April 20) was another, and dozens of aftershocks that are occurring several times a day. These are called “the replicas”. As a result, hundreds of people had very serious losses, among them many of our brothers who have lost much of their property and even their homes.
In San Lorenzo and Chone, some of the families of our brothers were affected with several material losses. Thank God we have no loss of life. Physically all our brothers are well, but need to rebuild their lives. At the moment, some of them are living in tents in their backyards because their houses have had the structure shaken and are in danger of falling. We have already sent emergency aid from the General Conference for the purchase of food, water, etc., but we need more to help our brothers to rebuild their lives!
We appeal to all those who are part of the Reform family to help us with offers to answer this need.
You can send your contribution directly to the General Conference through PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or in the United States deposit into the account: Banco Wells Fargo Routing #051400549 Account #5665967989 SDARM
For deposits from other countries: please contact Brother Rudolfo Gessner email@example.com
Or give directly through your local church channels. Please mark all donations on your direct deposit reference or on your tithe slips, “Ecuador Earthquake Appeal”.
You can also call +61 2 9627 7553 for credit card payments or further assistance.
We count on your support and we put ourselves available for any questions that may arise.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10 (New International Version).
Our collective help can return to our brothers and their families the right to have a place to live!
André Marcelo Devai
Welfare Department – General Conference
Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement