On April 16 a major 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador. It claimed 660 lives, injured more than 4,500 people, and leveled thousands of buildings.
Samaritan’s Purse immediately airlifted their new Emergency Field Hospital and dozens of medical professionals to Ecuador to provide life-saving surgery and emergency care for the thousands of injured. They set up the state-of-the-art 20-bed hospital in a matter of hours.
The field hospital was transported on a DC-8 cargo plane, recently rescued from a boneyard in New Mexico and refurbished to support their relief work around the world. They put a cross on the tail of this plane, so all will know that help is coming in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
That first week, the plane made three round-trip flights to Ecuador, hauling personnel and tons of emergency supplies. In addition, they have disaster specialists on the ground to provide clean water, food and shelter to the most needy.
Franklin Graham said, “I’ve been to Ecuador several times to preach and hand out shoebox gifts for our Operation Christmas Child project, and I can tell you these are wonderful people whose hearts are open to the Gospel. Right now, they desperately need our help and our prayers.”
One young doctor we know, whose specialty is emergency medicine, arrived in Ecuador this week to help Samaritan’s Purse complete their commitment until the end of May.
Here are some extraordinary photos of their hospital and their work in Ecuador: http://photo.samaritanspurse.org/the-magnitude-of-love/?utm_source=EcuadorEmail4&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m_YEQD-16E4&utm_content=button
- Pray for the earthquake survivors who are living in ruins and facing endless hardships. Your gift to help can be directed to samaritanspurse.org