Chile Earthquake Disaster (Updated)


Saturday, Feb 27, 9:00pm

UMCOR has now set up a site in order to receive aid. Visit at:


Saturday, Feb 27, 4:30pm

I have received word that John Elmore, a North Alabama Conference affiliated missionary with GBGM is safe at home with his wife. Telephone and internet service is sporadic, and I will gather and share more information when I can.


Rev. Matt Lacey, Director of Mission and Advocacy


Saturday, Feb 27, 6:00am

This is a message from Rev. Matt Lacey, Director of Mission and Advocacy, North Alabama Conference UMC:

Early this morning in Chile, a 8.8 earthquake struck the Southern half of the country. Reports at this time indicate around 100 deaths, and authorities on the ground are learning more about the situation. The North Alabama Conference currently has a missionary, John Elmore, stationed in Angol, Chile, which is in the South of the country. While I had not received word from John Elmore yet as to his safety, his station is 2 hours from the epicenter and 60 miles from a 6.0 aftershock. I am continually trying to reach John, and hopefully will receive word soon.

We have not accessed the needs of the area yet, and churches are asked to keep track through the conference webpage, or the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Just almost 2 months ago, a massive earthquake struck Haiti. Many are now fearful of the damage in Chile, as the earthquake there was larger in magnitude. However, if there is any good news (and that is a relative term) Chile's infrastructure was far more equipped to deal with this situation than Haiti. However, it is clear that there will be a great loss of life and spirit to those in the country. We ask all churches to pray fervently for all those affected by this, and any, disaster.

If you have any questions, please contact me at


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