Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Earthquake

Hello hello. I'd like to say first - thank you to everyone that has showed their concern for our family and churches here in Mexico in the last 24 hours. It has meant a great deal to me and my family. 

We had the first earthquake about 12 days ago. The epicenter was in Chiapas, Mexico which is about 8 hours south of us. We definitely felt that quake but it wasn't too bad. 

Yesterday afternoon we had another one. The epicenter was in Morelos, less than two hours from us. It was a 7.1 quake and we felt every bit of it. It was pretty scary! I was next door to a middle school when it happened and as the ground began to shake, a roar arose from the school. A roar of yelling, screaming, windows shaking, buildings shaking. Kids were escaping down stairs and out of their classrooms, running for their lives. 

The craziest thing though was what we saw as the earthquake was coming to an end. We turned around in this open field we were standing in to see the volcano letting out a dark plume of smoke. 



We immediately sat down to call our family members and to look the quake up, see how big it was. Unfortunately we'd lost all phone service and electricity. We just sat there saying the same things over and over again, "that was huge. I cannot believe that just happened. I hope everyone in Mexico City is ok." 


MΓ©xico City is only a couple hours from us but when earthquakes hit, they suffer terrible repercussions because the city was built on a lakebed. I read on CNN this morning that the ground the city is built on "amplifies shaking like Jell-O on a plate." So far there's been more than 200 deaths, but they are still clearing out rubble and pulling people out. It is terribly sad - a school collapsed and they've been able to rescue only 4 kids that were alive. Twenty one have been confirmed dead and thirty of them are missing. A church on the side of the volcano collapsed with people inside after the small eruption pictured above. 

The church in Mexico City had some damage done to it. The two churches here in Puebla are fine. Contact was made with the pastor of the church in Morelos (the epicenter) and he said he honestly thought he was going to die. Their city has suffered a lot of structural damages, but so far only one death there. I think their church building is fine. 

We thank God for his protection, for safety, for keeping our houses and churches safe and sound. I just don't understand how you can have such strong shaking and cement buildings still standing afterwards. I thought cement was not flexible, but these buildings looked like play dough when the quake hit. 
I am thankful to be alive and whole! 

Bethany 




20 comments:

tinzy luv said...

Thank You Lord for protecting your children!

Sarah McDaniel said...

Thank you Lord! Ever since I heard there was an earthquake I've been checking your blog to make sure you guys were OK, thank you for the update! I love reading your blog, and look forward to each new post. I'm so glad you all are safe!

Anali Velez said...

Was praying for you guys. Glad you are safe :)

Mary Frances said...

So glad your all ok!!! Love you guys!!!

LaLa said...

Whew. Thank the Lord yall are ok....That sounds very scary!

R. Keith Nix said...

The churches and missionaries in Peru are praying for all of you in Mexico. Our number is due to come up any time now here.

Priscilla Watts said...

I'm so glad you all are ok but I'm continuing pray for you all! At church tonight we pray for you all there! God Bless
Priscilla

Theresa Diaz said...

I was so relieved to hear back from your mom so quickly yesterday and know that you're all fine! Thank the Lord for His protection! We love you all and are praying for you! πŸ’žπŸ™πŸΌπŸ’ž

Teresa Franks said...

Thanks for the update! We'd been praying everyone was ok!! Love you all!

The Wakefields: Missionaries to Mexico said...

Amen!

Bethany

The Wakefields: Missionaries to Mexico said...

Thank you! That is really really nice to hear.

Bethany

The Wakefields: Missionaries to Mexico said...

Thanks, Anali πŸ€—

Bethany

The Wakefields: Missionaries to Mexico said...

Love you too Mary!

Bethany

The Wakefields: Missionaries to Mexico said...

It is the weirdest feeling to have the ground beneath you shaking and jumping up and down. I'm glad we are all ok as well!

Bethany

The Wakefields: Missionaries to Mexico said...

Thank you, Bro Nix. We appreciate that so much!
Thank God for his protection during these nerve wracking times.

Bethany

The Wakefields: Missionaries to Mexico said...

Thank you, Priscilla! Please let your church know we appreciate their prayers!

Bethany

The Wakefields: Missionaries to Mexico said...

Thank you, Sis Diaz. We love and appreciate all of you so very much.

Bethany

The Wakefields: Missionaries to Mexico said...

Thank you so much. This really means so much to us!

Bethany

HonduranChikka said...

Thank the Lord! I am so glad that you guys are okay. I am glad God had his hand of protection on ya'll.

The Wakefields: Missionaries to Mexico said...

Thank you, Allana!

Bethany

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