February 10, 2016
Alliance workers and churches are safe after a 6.4 earthquake struck Taiwan February 6 at 4 a.m., killing at least 39 people, most in a 17-story apartment building that collapsed. More than 100 people are still missing and are suspected to be buried beneath the rubble. No survivors have been recovered since Monday evening, February 9.
“Our entire team of international workers is safe, as well as all of our Taiwanese Alliance coworkers, and we praise God for that,” says team leader Penny Iverson. “Please pray for the people of Taiwan, especially for those who may still be trapped or injured and waiting for help.”
“The quake’s epicenter was located around 95 miles south of us, and it was probably the strongest one my husband, Tim, and I have experienced since the huge one that hit Taiwan in 1999.
“But thankfully, other than a couple of broken pictures, our home and church did not suffer damage. Rescue efforts are still going on as I write, and there have been many injuries.”
The earthquake hit two days before the Chinese New Year holiday, when people gather with family to celebrate.
“Pray that people will turn their eyes not to idols and ancestors but to the One God who gives hope,” says Penny.