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Ecuador Earthquake Relief - One Great Hour of Sharing

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An initial grant of $7,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) emergency relief funds is being sent to the Latin American Baptist Women’s Union (UFBAL) after a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific coast of this South American country on Saturday, April 16. The death toll stands at 525 people and some 2,500 people were injured, according to BBC News. The search for survivors continues.

UFBAL is one of the six continental unions that make up the Women’s Department of the Baptist World Alliance. In 1953, three regional women’s unions were organized in Latin America, and in 1956 in Santiago de Chile they joined together, forming what is now known as UFBAL. The organization is now comprised of national women’s organizations from 24 conventions and unions in Latin America affiliated with the Baptist World Alliance.

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Additional relief is urgently needed. You may give online by credit card by using the Give box at the upper right of this page; or mail a check to International Ministries, Attn: OGHS-Ecuador Relief, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482. Write “OGHS-Ecuador Relief” on the memo line if you give by check.


One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual OGHS offering received by churches.