IMPORTANT UPDATE ON MISSION TRIP & ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE
As you all know, a devastating earthquake struck Ecuador at the same time that we gathered together to raise funds through the dinner, silent auction and raffle of the beautiful quilt, provided by Patsy Finley. The quake affected the cities of Manta, La Pila and Guayaquil. The efforts of people in the Diocese of Tennessee have been focused on these cities for many years, and our concern is for the congregations of our friends in this the Diocese of Litoral.
Between the spaghetti supper fundraiser on April 16 and a special collection, and funds raised by Good Shepherd Church in Brentwood and some donations that came through our diocesan office, The Diocese of Tennessee recently wired approximately $9,000 to the Diocese of Litoral, Ecuador.
Six members of St. Philip's, including George Kurz, Co-Chair of the Continuing Work in the Diocese of Litoral committee and Rev. Vicki, will travel to Guayaquil and Manta in early June, where we'll meet with various members of the clergy and people of Episcopal churches as well as Bishop Morante, survey damage as well as recovery, and deliver in person the prayers, good wishes and love of Episcopalians in Tennessee.
We continue to stay in prayerful communication with Bishop Morante to learn how we can best provide support to our companions in Ecuador in this desperate time of need. Those who travel to Ecuador will document what they see and report back to us when they return.
More information regarding the earthquake and how to help from the Episcopal News Service: