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Two church members killed in South American mudslide

Christians at a ministry training school mourn for believers as they grab shovels and brooms to help.

Two members of a Church of Christ in Quito, Ecuador, are among at least 16 people killed in a Monday evening landslide.

Mariela Cañaveral and husband Peter Bayas

Mariela Cañaveral and husband Peter Bayas

The South American capital experienced its heaviest rainfall in nearly 20 years — almost 40 times the amount predicted, the BBC reported. The rains carried mud and rocks down the slopes of the Pichincha volcano, which overlooks Quito.

The debris flowed down La Gasca Street toward Colon, close to the Quito School of Biblical Studies, a ministry training program associated with Churches of Christ. Houses and cars were swept away. In addition to the deaths, at least 46 people were injured.

Two of the victims, Mariela Cañaveral and husband Peter Bayas, were members of the Colón Church of Christ, workers with the school reported. They leave behind three children. Two are married and one is 8 years old.

Students at the school “are about to walk into the neighborhood with shovels and brooms and do what we can for the people,” workers with the school posted to social media. They asked for prayers for the Cañaveral-Bayas family.

Quito, Ecuador


Filed under: Ecuador International natural disaster natural disasters Quito School of Biblical Studies South America Sunset International Bible Institute Top Stories

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