MEXICO EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE

MEXICO EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE

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MEXICO DISASTER RESPONSE

Situation:

Late in the night on Sept. 7, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico, causing devastation in areas of Chiapas and Oaxaca. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in more than a century.

 

At least 95 deaths are confirmed, including one member of our Nazarene family.

 

Thousands of families are now homeless. Hundreds of schools were destroyed. Entire neighborhoods were reduced to rubble. Multiple Nazarene church buildings were destroyed or damaged. Affected communities are still experiencing large aftershocks. Some people are still trapped, and buildings continue to fall.

 

Nazarene churches began to respond quickly. They set up 10 distribution points to provide food, water, and first aid supplies to those in need. So far, they have provided food for more than 2,500 people.

 

Urgent needs include more food, water, and medical supplies.

 

Chiapas and Oaxaca are home to some of the poorest families and individuals in all of Mexico.

 

Local churches need your help to meet needs and reach out to their neighbors with the love of Christ.

 

UPDATE:

On September 19, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico in the state of Puebla, just a 80 miles southeast of the capital, Mexico City.

 

An estimated 225 deaths have been confirmed, but this number continues to rise.

 

Assessments of the damages are still being made, but this quake has created dangerous circumstances as many buildings were torn and some completely crumbled.

 

As the local church continues to work fervently to respond to the needs in their community, you can help.

YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED

How You Can Help

 

Pray

Please pray for families and individuals affected by these earthquakes. Pray especially for those who have lost loved ones. Pray for those who have lost their homes and livelihoods. Pray those are experiencing trauma, that they would sense God’s peace and presence. Pray for those who are most vulnerable, especially senior adults, individuals with disabilities, and people living in poverty. Pray for church leaders and churches responding to the needs around them. To send a prayer or note of encouragement, go to ncm.org/pray.

 

Give

Churches and individuals around the world can provide support through the Mexico Earthquake Response fund. Donations will be used to provide for immediate needs, including food, water, and medical supplies, as well as for long-term rebuilding.

 

To send donations by mail:

 

In the U.S., make checks payable to "General Treasurer" and send them to:

Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116

 

Be sure to put 128252 in the Memo area.

 

In Canada, make checks payable to "Church of the Nazarene Canada" and send them to:

Church of the Nazarene Canada
20 Regan Road, Unit 9
Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3

 

Be sure to put 128252 in the Memo area.

 

For additional countries, please give through your local church or district, designating your gift to Hurricane Irma Response.

 

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