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PNG Earthquake Update

PNG Earthquake Update

Two months ago, on February 26, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook Papua New Guinea, causing widespread damage and loss of lives. Efforts to restore communication and rebuild roads have been hampered by continued aftershocks, ranging from 4.0 to 6.3 in magnitude. The already weakened ground is now even more unstable. In this mountainous area, landslides are a constant concern.
Damaged water tank

As a response to the earthquake and damage, WGM PNG has been working with Christian Union Church leaders to decide how to help. Our team has reported the following areas of need:

  • Five staff houses at health centers/aid posts were damaged.
  • Many churches sustained structural damage, and six churches were damaged to the point that those congregations are worshiping outside.
  • Many homes of community school teachers were damaged, and many homes of church members were completely destroyed or lost roofs.
  • Most of the rivers where the people get their drinking water, bathe, and wash clothes have been contaminated. The water is no longer safe for them to use.
  • The house where missionaries Seth and Veronica Porter live was damaged.

The first step is to purchase large tarps for the six churches that are meeting outside. These tarps will provide shelter from the elements until the churches can be rebuilt. We plan to help repair or rebuild some of the churches that were damaged. In response to the need for clean water, we plan to purchase and install water tanks and gutters in certain key areas. These will collect rainwater that can be used by communities for many years.

Damaged church

From missionary Erica Jenkins: “We need your prayers! Besides praying for our missionaries who are dealing with this and doing their best to help, our national brothers and sisters need your prayers. They are living in damaged houses and drinking contaminated water. They are living in fear as the aftershocks continue to hit. They need the reassurance of God’s peace and protection over them during this time.”

Here's how you can help:

GIVE: Donations are needed to help purchase water tanks, gutters, and building materials. Initial estimates show that at least $15,000 is needed.

GO: Do you want to be a part of the rebuilding efforts onsite? One work team is in PNG right now, assessing damage and starting to rebuild. More teams and volunteers are needed, especially to help repair the health centers and churches and set up water tanks. If you are interested in coming, please let us know.

Temporary housing

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