Monday, April 24, 2017
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Reach Beyond Responds to Quake Aftermath

Reach Beyond has been serving the people of Ecuador for over 80 years through media, healthcare and community development work. 

Following Saturday’s 7.8 earthquake, we are deploying an Emergency Medical Team to aid those affected by the disaster. Four doctors based at Reach Beyond’s hospital in Quito including an orthopaedic surgeon, have travelled to the affected coastal area to work. The team has been busy treating trauma patients at a government hospital in Atacames, a coastal town on the edge of the affected area. Now they have moved further down the coast towards the quake’s epicentre, including exploring opportunities to help in Muisne, a town that has been particularly hard hit.

We are also working closely with our HCJB partner radio stations in Quito and Guayaquil who have continued to operate throughout the crisis, offering a lifeline to listeners.

Reach Beyond was founded in Ecuador in 1931 and supports many local radio partners in Ecuador and across Latin America. It has a thriving community development team there as well as operating a large hospital and several smaller clinics. The medical team that has headed out for the earthquake zone is very experienced at working in such challenging conditions, and several of the team members have served in previous disasters such as the Haiti earthquake of 2010.

Please pray as Reach Beyond seeks to be the Voice and Hands of Jesus to those suffering as we work through radio and healthcare in this time of crisis. Pray that many would find their hope and peace in God amidst the suffering.

If you are able, please give to our Ecuador Earthquake Appeal. Your gift will provide trauma care for the critically injured, relief ministry to those who are homeless and displaced, and provide counselling and practical help as the people begin to rebuild their lives.

Thank you.

(Photos: El Comercio / Reach Beyond)

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