Ecuador Earthquake Strikes Close to Home

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Ecuador Earthquake strikes close to home!

Step 12 Magazine editor, Roni Askey-Doran, lives in Mompiche Ecuador.  (Yes, we have an international team! U.S.A, Ecuador, Spain, England and Canada!)

Roni and I met at a book signing in Los Angeles by sheer God-intervention. Facebook friends on the Vicki Abelson’s Women Who Write page for about a year, we met at Vicki’s book signing in Los Angeles in November 2015! It’s so exciting to watch God answer our “needs” so creatively. I needed help with the magazine, and it came in the form of Roni Askey-Doran (via Ecuador). Modern technology magically makes the distance nearly transparent and irrelevant… until something unexpected and tragic like a 7.8 earthquake strikes without warning!

Roni was “off the grid” for several days following the quake. Directly in the epicenter of this natural disaster, she was without power, internet, and peace of mind for days. Here in the U.S., it was a helpless feeling of frustration and concern.  And thanks to her incredible work-ethic, the magazine was able to go to print on time — right in the thick of this crisis!  We are earthquake-proof!

In typical Roni-fashion, her focus is now on helping the people of her town who have been devastated.  Grateful that her home is one of the few still standing, she has directed much of her time and energy to helping her neighbors. Two families in particular who have lost everything.

We are trying to pool some resources together to help her help them.  Please consider donating to this humanitarian effort. One person to another, one family to another, one community to another — we can recover!

Every little bit helps.  It only takes $4,000 to rebuild two homes. We’re doing everything we can to get these families out of the woods (literally), out from under tarps on the hills overlooking Mompiche, and into safe, dry shelter they can call home.

Please help if you can:

Update: 6-11-16

The rebuilding effort has started! Volunteers and builders have begun rebuilding house number one for the Mina Family. Three generations of this family have been living under tarps in the jungle since the initial quake in April–two months of desolation and undue hardship.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this relief effort. We are on our way to collecting enough money to begin rebuilding house number two.

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