On Saturday, February 27 at 3:30 a.m. local time, the coastal city of Concepcion, Chile was shaken by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake resulting in an estimated death toll of more than 700 people. The Foursquare Church has leaders and missionaries in the region, some of whom have been impacted by this earthquake and all of whom are serving others whose lives have been impacted.
Initial reports indicate that all Foursquare missionaries and local pastors are safe, according to Lee Schnabel, Foursquare missionary in Chile. Lee said that Rosita Joo, the wife of Foursquare Chile President Alen Joo, was forced from their home out of concern for the anticipated tsunami caused by the earthquake. A Foursquare church in Santiago has sustained significant structural damage and one of our churches in Valparaiso, a nearby port city, is providing food and housing to people left homeless by the quake.
Our U.S.-based team is working with the national office of Foursquare Chile responding in the aftermath. Your prayers and financial support make it possible for Foursquare Missions International (FMI) to respond to both the immediate and long-term needs on the ground. To give, go to http///give.foursquare.org.