Update - March 13
Here are some pictures of the believers in the city of
Penco, Chile. Their church was severely damaged in the earthquake, and
they are meeting outdoors until it can be repaired. I have asked if we can
help in any way in the re-building and they are preparing an assessment of the
damage and some estimates.
Update March 8
Brother Alvarez sends this update from the city of
Concepcion, along with photos of the aftermath in that city, and of destruction
in the building where he works. I was privileged to be a guest in Brother
Alvarez's home in 2007, and am glad to hear they are all well.
When the earthquake started at
6:20 AM, the tremendous noise, the undulating movement, it was impossible to
stand on my feet, but I raised my hands to my Shelter, the Solid Rock Jesus
Christ. After 1:45 minutes and 8.8 degrees of intensity had stooped, the family
gathered together on the first floor to thank our Savior for His protection,
none of us was injured and our home had no damage.
My son & I left to try making our way through the destroyed streets to
get to Hualpen, to our Tabernacle. We passed by the Rio Alto building that
collapsed, but we could not stop because our objective was to get to our
building, we took quite long to get there, too much dust on the air, and finally
when we got there I was relieved. As I approached, I could see the building was
standing unharmed, so I raised my hands again and said thanks to God. We entered
and verified that there was no internal damage.
We have being trying to call most of the brothers and sisters and we are
informed that they had not been injured and no damages in their homes.
I have also received information from the other Churches in the areas. It has
been wonderful to receive calls from other pastors with whom I had not talked to
for some time, brotherly Love makes us to know about our brothers in the Faith
and we heard that They had just a few material damages and minor injuries, but
not any serious situation.
It's been a few days since the earthquake occurred, the calm is coming
back, basic services are been restored, also food. We expect for a prompt return
to normality, despite the fact that the earth continues moving.
To conclude, we can say Thanks to the Lord, who is mighty and powerful
and under His hand is the Earth and with His own hand has protected us, giving
us a warning that judgement is coming, but giving us time to be prepared.
From my heart thank you for your concern and the Christian love expressed
to us also from other countries in the world. God bless you.
Your Brothers & and pastor in trials & tribulations Rodolfo Alvarez
Click here for Brother Alvarez's photos:
Update - March 7
Brother Eliazar has sent us this update:
previously reported, we went south, in a 3-car convoy, taking much-needed food
and water to our brethren. We left the city of Chillan at 11:30
am on Thursday and found an
endless line of traffic trying to get into the hardest hit area of Concepcion.
There is a curfew in effect in our country from 6pm until
noon the following day, leaving only 6 hours to get anything done.
In the city of Penco we
could see that they are already busy with the cleanup activities. We received
immediate reports that all the believers in the area were safe and sound. I
stayed in Penco to assist in the delivery of food and water. Brother Belisario
and Brother Peralta went on further to Talcahuano.
On the following day they were able to continue on to Lota, Arauco, Lebu,
Curanilahue, Tres Pinos and Tubul.
Yesterday, Friday, they returned with the news that there are severe needs in
those areas, especially in Lota and Tubul, where most of the believers’ homes
were very badly damaged.
Right here in Penco there was one home totally destroyed, where Bro. Jethro was
living, but they were away in Arica at the time. But there was a young couple,
Bro. Jonathan and his pregnant wife that were staying there, watching over the
home for Bro. Jethro. When the earthquake occurred, Bro. Jonathan decided to get
out and go back to his own home in the upper part of the city. Well praise the
Lord they were gone because the entire house was swallowed up by the ocean.
We are making an accounting with each family of the material damages and then
come up with some figures, not only here in Penco but in all the affected areas
where the believers are living. But we only have 6 hours in each day.
We are doing all we can to assist with the basic needs of food, water and fuel.
When we go to make purchases there are lines of more than three city blocks, and
so when we finally get to the store, we are quite limited to the choices. That
is all I have for now. Very soon I will be sending photos. Thank you for your
prayers and concern. God bless you.
Update - March 5
We have the following update from Brother Jorge Flores:
in constant prayer for the needs of our people. The situation is difficult but
not impossible. The worst thing right now is that some are suffering quite badly
just from panic. And only God can bring consolation, but we continue to pray.
The southern part of our country was the worst hit. We know that two Message
churches were badly damaged; one just split in half and the other is reparable.
We know of two houses that were simply lost to the sea. Another house is the
home of one our local deacons, and the house is totally uninhabitable. We sent
the deacon down there with $1000 to help fix her home.
A brother in our church, the roof of his house fell in and we helped him with
We have sent food and water to the believers in Contstitucion, a hard-hit town
in the South. They are all safe and huddled together, that is 48 children and
about 70 adults. Most of them are sleeping outside under makeshift conditions
because the houses are in bad shape.
I am waiting for word from Pastor Pedro Peralta, who is from here in Santiago,
but he went south with some other believers, taking food and water to those in
need. He will be reporting back and hopefully bring some pictures I can send to
you all. Please be in prayer also for my parents, my dad is 90 and my mother is
80 and we are having a hard time getting them out of the house so that we can
proceed with much-needed repairs. God bless you all. John 13:35
Update - March 3
A Brother Eliezer from Concepcion is departing with three
carloads of food, water and volunteers to assist in the more hard-hit areas.
He will advise us of what needs he finds and have some photos of the damage
soon. Please remember their mission in your prayers.
2nd update - March 2
Brother Alvarez has just responded with additional
information from the city of Concepcion:
Thank you so much for your concern and your prayers for us. We know that the
Lord God Almighty spoke that these things would happen and through His Son
prophesied that there would be earthquakes
in divers places. This time it was our turn. But His protective Hand
freed us from any destruction. All the church is fine, as is also my family. My
house and the church building did not suffer any damage. It seems unbelievable
but it is the truth. Praise
the Lord! It is now 7pm
on Tuesday and we just now
have electric power and internet; so that is why I could not respond earlier.
The phone lines were also down. Please continue to pray for us; it is still
shaking while I am writing.
From my heart, thank you for your concern and the Christian Love that has been
expressed from all parts of Chile and
overseas. God bless you all.
Bro. Rodolfo Alvarez
Update - March 2
We received the following update from Brother Jorge Flores,
a pastor in the capitol city of Santiago:
greetings to all in the Name of our Lord
Jesus Christ, giving
thanks for your prayers and
This earthquake has brought us closer together in
Here amongst us locally in Santiago, only one
sister suffered the loss of a portion of her house and another brother’s roof
caved in. But there have been no reports of harm to any person.
At the very moment of the earthquake, I was in the
town of Cartagena,
only 150 meters from the edge of the ocean. The feeling was like being on a
waterbed and there was nothing to hold on to. My only thought was to yield to
God and wait to see what He would do. Then we took off in our vehicles toward
higher ground. It was heartbreaking to see how the people scrambled desperately.
We picked up one invalid lady and helped her to safety. The other people with me
also helped others to higher ground because the ocean was rising.
God was with us and we finally arrived home and
checked over the church; there were only some ceiling tiles that came loose, but
So we are waiting for responses from minister
brethren in Constitución , Puyehue , Curanipe , Cobquecura , Lota, Talcahuano ,
Penco, Tome and Concepción, where there are many believers but as of today they
are stranded, without communication.
For now, thank you very much for your inquiries.
Pstor Jorge Flores - Santiago,
We are tracking the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake in
Chile, and have been able to make only limited contact with some believers there
through intermediaries in Venezuela and Peru.
There are a number of Message churches in the cities of Santiago,
Concepcion and Talca, and these were among the most affected areas.
I know some of these pastors quite well,
having been to Chile many times.
Even though we do not yet have any details, we do know that
after such a devastating earthquake, the brothers & sisters there will be in
need our prayers, so with that in mind, I wanted to take a moment to introduce
you to several of them. These
photos are from just about two years ago.
A church in the city of Concepcion, pastored by brother
Brother Flores (in the light tan suit) pastors a church in
the capitol city of Santiago.
From their balcony, the young people prepare to sing a
Of these pastors, we have only spoken to brother Cañete, who
is reporting that one side of their church is collapsed from the earthquake.
We ask that you join us in praying for these believers, that
the Lord will oversee and protect them in the days to come.
This page will be updated over the next several days as new
information becomes available.