Support Earthquake Victims in Ecuador

Ecuador Earthquake Relief

Update: Rebuilding After a Deadly Earthquake

Dear partners,

On Saturday April 16, the Pacific coast of Ecuador experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Many houses or places of business are now piles of rubble.

Other buildings have significant damage and look like they could tumble at any moment. These buildings also serve as visible examples of the lives of many affected by the quake and the half-dozen aftershocks.

13051503_10153484762125079_5414554463200854496_nAt the time of writing this, about 650 people have died and hundreds of others are missing. Countless thousands are either injured or have lost everything (their family, house, job, etc.).

This news is especially heartbreaking for us at LRI. We have three training groups with dozens of pastors and leaders who live in one of the cities hardest hit—the coastal city of Portoviejo.

Ecuador Earthquake

The highway between Crucita and Portoviejo—a road LRI staff members have been on at least a dozen times.

Some congregants of the Fountain of Peace church, one of the churches responsible for multiplying our training in Portoviejo, have lost most or all of their material possessions—including their homes. Other church members are jobless because their places of employment were completely destroyed. Impassible highways and severely damaged hospitals make rescue and recovery difficult, if not impossible.

Oh, the pain our brothers and sisters are feeling!

13012622_10153412949997312_5340611267984310722_nBeing 3,000 miles away from the wreckage may leave us feeling helpless—but we are anything but helpless.

We have an all-powerful God who can comfort the hurting, build His Church, and bring glory to His Name through the worst of times. Ecuador’s devastation is of tragic proportions; but we can pray that the church and country would come to know God as their “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”—even when “the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:1-2 NIV). Pray for Christ to minister through His Church to comfort the hurting, rebuild broken lives and property, and help many come to know that not even a deadly earthquake can separate us from the love of God for us in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:35).


Oscar Paul with LRI trainer, Kevin Halloran.

In addition to prayer, we have an opportunity to provide tangible care for our hurting brothers and sisters in Portoviejo. We set up a relief fund in partnership with the Fountain of Peace church, where one of our pastor trainees, Oscar Paul, is the Senior Pastor. This fund would provide the poorest and most devastated in the congregation with necessary food and shelter, and help up to 50% of construction costs to repair/replace homes that were damaged or destroyed in the quake.

This is our chance to respond to the pain the Body of Christ is experiencing in Ecuador. Will you consider making a relief contribution to help our devastated brothers and sisters? And will you pray with us for God’s comfort for the hurting and the building of Christ’s Church during these tragic days?

With a broken heart and much anticipation,

craig1Craig Parro


PS: We believe this relief support can have the most impact during these next several months. As you consider your response, we ask that you join with us with a generous gift during this crucial period of need. Funds that exceed the relief needs will go to train pastors in Ecuador.

Craig Parro

Since joining Leadership Resources International in 1989, Craig directed its international ministry, and as of January 2010, he now serves as President. A graduate of TEDS (M.A., Mission), Craig is a stimulating teacher and has equipped and encouraged pastors and churches throughout the U.S., Latin America and Asia. Craig also serves on the Board of Directors of TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition), an association of pastoral training organizations focused on accelerating pastoral training worldwide. Craig has authored articles appearing in several magazines. His first book, Unlikely Warriors, was published in 1992. He is also co-author of Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Protection from Burnout.