Tragedy seems to strike home with more force when you know someone who is directly involved. A week and a half ago, I was in Lima with a team from RREACH and met a wonderful couple. We were there to train pastors how to preach expository sermons from the Bible. Valentin, a Romanian pastor who married a lovely Peruvian lady, Rosa, helped coordinate our conference. Rosa helped me pick out jewelry for my wife and daughters. Because I met Valentin and Rosa as well as many other Peruvians, I can’t just react with curiosity about an earthquake. Instead I want to know, “How is Daniel? . . . and Julio? . . . and Santiago? Perhaps if I were more spiritual, I could feel this concerned about all the people who are suffering there, even the ones I haven’t met.
Valentin and Rosa wrote back to our coordinator with the following message
. . . yes like u know in Lima was happen a very strong earthquake (7.9 ). I was alone at the 3 floor alone and for 2 minuts i was ready to jump if the house go down. Rosa and her mother run out. I am so sure that God protect Peru because in 1970 here alot of people died and alot of buildings fall down. In Romania in 1977 a earthquake (7.2) kill many thousand people. Now in Peru , at this hour are 48 dead people and 350 people on the hospitals. God protect Peru and us. Thank u for be in touch with us. Rosa and Valentin
The small earthquake we experienced there a couple of weeks ago was only 3.1 on the Richter Scale. I slept through it. This one is major. Here’s a picture of what it was like in Ica.
This is part of my prayer this morning: “God protect Peru”