Hours after a powerful 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City on Tuesday, Sep. 19, toppling dozens of buildings and homes and killing hundreds, Seventh-day Adventists sprung into action to assist in the recovery effort.
Top church leaders said no loss of life among church members has been reported so far. The earthquake took place on the 32nd anniversary of the powerful earthquake that hit Mexico City, killing more than 10,000 people in 1985.
Local churches and schools across Mexico City opened their doors to collect food and medicines to be distributed to the victims of the quake, said Jorge García, communication director of the church in Central Mexico.
“You could see master guides and church member volunteers showing the love of God to people in need in the streets, by hospitals, schools, and buildings,” said García.
Banni Fuentes, 19, a youth leader in the metropolitan region, connected with dozens of young Adventists and youth leaders across the city after the quake to take part as volunteer.
“There were many young people preparing food and taking it to rescue workers and volunteers,” said Fuentes. “There were many who also prepared and delivered meals to hundreds of people making their way into shelters across the city.”