April Earthquakes Strike Hard in Ecuador and Japan

Episcopal Relief & Development urges prayers for all those impacted by the earthquakes that shook two regions over the weekend.

The coast of Ecuador was hit by a massive earthquake that registered 7.8 on the Richter scale and killed more than 270 people. Thousands of people have also been injured and displaced, especially in the coastal areas and cities.

Two earthquakes also struck the southern tip of Japan within 24 hours of each other. Following a series of aftershocks, at least 42 people have been found dead and over 110,000 are reported to have been displaced from their homes.

Episcopal Relief & Development has reached out to church partners in each country.

Please continue to pray for all those displaced by these disasters, and for first responders and volunteers who are working to rescue those in danger and care for people in need.

Contributions to Episcopal Relief & Development’s International Disaster Response Fund will support relief efforts.

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Prayer for Preparedness and Response

O God, our times are in your hand. In the midst of uncertainty lead us by your never-failing grace as we seek to be agents of healing and hope.  Walk with us through difficult times; watch over us in danger; and give to us a spirit of love and compassion for those who suffer and mourn. And finally remind us that you have promised never to leave us so that even in the valley of the shadow of death your love may be felt, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

— The Rev. Lyndon Harris, from the Episcopal Diocese of New York disaster preparedness plan