Ecuador Earthquake Relief
Background on LifePointe’s Partnerships with Stadia and Compassion International in Ecuador
LifePointe and our partner churches (Impact Church in South Sac and Family Life Church in Galt), teamed up with Stadia and Compassion International to plant a church in Chone, Ecuador in 2013. Our three churches raised the funds to purchase the land and construct the church building. Pastor Felix, with his wife Jacqueline, lead the church. In November 2013, Pastor Chris, Pastor Barry (Impact Church) and Pastor Rick (Family Life Church) collectively took a team down to Ecuador to participate in the new church planting.
Compassion International our three churches the opportunity to sponsor 200 children in Chone in 2013. LifePointe families now sponsor over 100 of those children. Sponsorships through CI will help pull the children of Chone, Ecuador out of poverty by providing them with an education (through our local church plant), providing food and clothing, working closely with the families firsthand and most importantly…SHARING JESUS WITH THEM.
News on the Ground in Chone, Ecuador on April 19
(translated from Spanish)
“Friends: we are in Chone, there are roads that can be taken to arrive here and it is safe to come. The need here is really urgent: the people are without electricity and will be for another week, there are approximately 119 houses that have collapsed, more than 1000 people without homes, and 178 with houses that are partially fallen. They are sleeping in the streets, they don’t have food or water and the hospital collapsed (I don’t know if he means destroyed or paralyzed with the amount of people). We need your help. It appears that we are the first to arrive to Chone and it looks like the city has been forgotten by everyone.”
HOW TO HELP – REPORT FROM STADIA
Friends of Stadia,
We want to keep you as updated as we can about the earthquake crisis in Ecuador. We’ve been told that sponsored children and staff are safe. However communication is slow, and it is a very vulnerable situation. Many homes of children have collapsed, water sources have been compromised, food sources interrupted, power lost, and so on. This makes for unstable conditions for our kids and churches.
What we know is that Compassion International will pull out all the stops to help care for sponsored children and partner churches.
If you know people who sponsor kids, please to let them know that Compassion will communicate with them about their sponsored child as they have information. And for those who aren’t sponsoring (or those who want to sponsor more), please encourage them to do so. Stadia has planted 38 churches in the most impacted areas of Ecuador. These church plants currently have more than 700 children in need who are registered and available for sponsorship. Many more people will be reached in this time of need as more are sponsored.
Donations are also needed. 100% of the funds raised toward our Ecuador relief efforts will go directly to Compassion to help with recovery. To meet all their needs, we have set a goal of $150K. Any amount from your church, organization or you personally is helpful.
Please help by donating HERE.
Contact me to answer any questions and help you mobilize support.
Until every child has a church,
Dr. Thomas F. Jones Jr.
Stadia Executive Director