It was the middle of winter and the elements were brutal. Following the earthquake, John and his family had no choice but to live in a tent, but they were grateful to God that they had survived the hellish ordeal.
While living in a tent, they had to deal with pests, the drastic temperature swings and cramped quarters. But through it all, John and his family remained faithful. John said, “God is the essence of life, the treasure I hold dear. His words purify my soul. His words are gems to my ears.”
The earthquake claimed 55,000 lives.
Global Christian Relief was quickly on the ground, offering ways to help, and one of those ways was through safe housing.
With the generous gifts of donors, GCR was able to provide John Emecktis and his family a container home. Container homes are insulted, air conditioned and protect from the weather. Although not a permanent solution, they’re a place of comfort as the community rebuilds.
After gifting John a container home, he described to GCR what it feels like to be in his situation. He said, “I feel like I have glued pieces of a broken vase back together. It’s not the original vase, but it’s a vase. It’s better than not fixing it all; it still serves as a vase where I can put my flowers. But I still know that it is a broken vase.”
That was six months ago. We have since heard from John and have an update to share.