In the Aftermath of Ecuador’s Earthquake, Gideons Share the Hope of Jesus with Survivors

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A young woman at an emergency shelter in Ecuador reads her copy of God’s Word, received from Gideons

As faithful Christians, Gideon members are dedicated to telling people about Jesus, no matter what the circumstances.

So when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador in April, The Gideons International implemented the Disaster Scripture Distribution Program. Members of The Gideons in Ecuador responded by placing copies of God’s Word into the hands of those impacted by the disaster. Since the earthquake, Gideons and Auxiliaries have distributed over 19,000 Scriptures in Portoviejo, Manta, Bahia and Chone.

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Vanessa, one of the earthquake survivors who has decided to follow Jesus after receiving a Scripture from The Gideons

Vanessa was one of the earthquake survivors to receive a New Testament from The Gideons. She and her husband escaped piling rubble from their building’s collapse through the doors of a meat packing shop on the ground floor. Those doors are always padlocked but at the time of the quake, the locks were not in place. Vanessa acknowledges only God could have known the people living in her building needed those doors unlocked to escape. With God’s Word now in her possession, she has decided to follow Him in her everyday life, and thanks God for His protection. Please keep Vanessa and her husband in your prayers as they are among the many who lost their homes to the quake.

We thank the Lord for our members in Ecuador and for their faithful service in reaching out to share the love of Jesus in the midst of these devastating events. We thank all our supporters whose donations provide for Scriptures to help the lost and hurting find the everlasting hope that comes only from a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

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A young man finds rest at an Ecuador emergency shelter as he reads a New Testament received from The Gideons

Please keep praying for the families of those who died in the earthquake, as well as for all who have lost homes and other personal property.