The following is from the blog of Chris Gardner, missionary to Peru with Macedonia World Baptist Mission. Please also pray for Mike Staley,Greg Anderson, David Bolos and Joe Kotvas. These men are also missionaries with Macedonia in Peru, SA Please pray for their families.
August 16, 2007
Earthquake in Peru on the anniversary of Arequipa
Well, the 15th of August is always a day of great festivities. It is the anniversary of Arequipa. Yesterday evening, Peru had the strongest earthquake that it has had in over 40 years. My wife was at the church in the choir when everything started shaking. We have quite a few tremors in Peru so we don’t get too jumpy with everything moving but it just kept on moving and wouldn’t stop. My wife said that some of the church members were looking at there watches and claimed that the earthquake went for 38 seconds. A few miles from Ica was the epicenter of the 7.9 earthquake. The electricity and phone services in the country were all shut down for a while to later be restored. I ask you to pray for the people in Peru right now. Some news agencies say that between 115 and 330 people have died. I am sure that the number will rise for the next couple of days.