Friday, 26 August 2016

EARTHQUAKE

Although we have not been directly hit by the earthquake, the situation here in central Italy is critical.

This is the situation described by a missionary here lee Walti.

Today, 267 dead. Many funerals will be held today. As well, the identification of the dead is taking place and it is a very grim task for family members. Only one family member is allowed to enter the danger zone to do this. As well, it has been very hard for families who only want to recoup even one little memory that is left of their loved ones from their belongings and treasured mementos.
Please pray the aftershocks stop (over 480 so far) as serious shaking causes more damage to buildings and makes it extremely dangerous to workers hoping against all hope to still save someone (in Aquila in 2009, an individual was recovered alive 3 days after the quake).
Also, please pray that efforts to reach those affected with the gospel in the days ahead are organized and resourced well and go forward in God's perfect timing. Most of the physical needs are being met, praise God. They've even now asked people to not send any more physical items as it is making the situation more confusing. But spiritually, the need is inexplicable. And the churches are very small (avg. size is 50 people) and poor in Italy but especially in this region. There was not even one evangelical church in any of the cities affected. There are a half a dozen small churches 1-2 hours away but they are not accustomed to working together. However, with Christ and His gospel, all things are possible. And those who have lost all hope, may find hope and refuge in Him.
"Let all who take refuge in You rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread Your protection over them,
that those who love Your name may exult in you." ~ Ps. 5:11
"The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death." ~ Prov. 14:27
"We have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe." ~ 1 Tim. 4:10
"We who have fled for refuge may have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us...this hope is an anchor for our lives, safe and secure...Jesus." ~ Heb. 6:18-20 (Truncation, mine).

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