Matthew 25: Ministries responded to the a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Ecuador on Saturday evening, April 16. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador’s central coast, killing at least 650 people and injuring more than 12,000. Over 400 aftershocks occurred since the massive earthquake, including a 6.1 magnitude aftershock reported the morning of April 20.

A state of emergency was in effect for six provinces, Guayas, Manabi, Santo Domingo, Los Rios, Esmeraldas and Galapagos. Authorities  said they had difficulty reaching some of the more remote areas close to the heart of the impact due to landslides that made it challenging for emergency workers to reach the towns hardest hit.

The tremor was centered approximately 17 miles southeast of the coastal town of Muisne, about 300 miles away from the capital of Guayaquil. Muisne is a small town in northwestern Ecuador, with approximately 6,000 inhabitants.

The earthquake was the deadliest to hit Ecuador since March 1987, when a 7.2-magnitude earthquake killed 1,000 people. The Ecuadoran earthquake followed two recent quakes more than 6,000 miles away, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in the island nation of Tonga and a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan’s Kumamoto Province. Ecuador’s earthquake was described as six times stronger than the one which hit Japan, releasing 20 times as much energy.

Matthew  25 is in contact with our partners in this area and will be responding to this disaster once we’ve received their reports,” said CEO Tim Mettey. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the earthquake.

Matthew 25: Ministries occasionally leads medical mission trips to care for those affected by disasters and extreme poverty. Any doctors or nurses who are interested in serving on future trips should please send contact information, credentials, and scheduling availability to

Matthew 25: Ministries will accept the following for disaster relief:

  • Monetary Donations*: Donate online, mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.
  • Non-Perishable Food: PULL TOP canned vegetables, fruits etc.; ready to eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes, jerky, ready to eat snacks; bottled water; ready- to-eat meals or MREs etc.
  • Personal Care Products: Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, mosquito nets, suntan lotion and bug repellant (pump preferred), etc.
  • Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, bleach (powdered form is preferred), mops, scrub brushes, buckets, rubber gloves etc.
  • Paper products: Toilet paper, paper towels etc.
  • Baby and infant supplies: Diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion etc.
  • First-Aid items: Bandages, gauze, pads, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs etc.

*Donors who would like to designate their financial gifts for Earthquake Relief may do so by writing “Earthquake Relief” in the memo line of their check or by typing it in the “in honor of” field of our online giving form. Please mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. 100% of donated funds designated for Earthquake Relief will be used for the purpose intended.

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