Missionary from Alabama discusses earthquake aftermath in Ecuador

Missionary from Alabama discusses earthquake aftermath in Ecuador
(Source: Johnny Maust)
(Source: Johnny Maust)
(Source: Johnny Maust)
(Source: Johnny Maust)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's been 11 days since a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador. It's the country's worst earthquake in a decade.

Now residents and those from outside the country are working to help those in need, including a missionary from Alabama.

Johnny Maust is originally from Opp, but he and his family live in Ecuador. They have been there for 17 years.

Maust was about 80 miles north of the epicenter and says the quake lasted for seconds but felt like much longer than that.

He says there is tremendous damage and they continue to survey towns to see what is needed and ways to help victims. Maust says what has amazed him the most with this massive earthquake is the way people are coming together and rising above the rubble.

"The thing that impressed me the most here is the response of the Ecuadorian people," Maust said. "Tremendous devastation is there and already people are coming together and cleaning up and working on getting things back to normalcy as quickly as possible."

The death toll has risen to 659 and currently more than 29,000 people are living in shelters.

The missionary says help is desperately needed. If you would like to help, you can donate to Baptist Global Response.

Make sure to designate the funds to "Ecuador earthquake response." You can call the organization at 866-359-2846 or visit it's website.

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