Stephanie and I woke up to see the sunrise this morning and witnessed more than we anticipated! We were sitting by the lake enjoying the mountains and the beautiful painting forming in the sky, when we felt a little rumble. It felt the same as a furnace starting up in a old home, and gradually got stronger and stronger. I looked at Steph and said ‘I think it’s an earthquake!’ Just after that, the ground started shaking more and more. It shook to the point where the sidewalk was shifting from the stone wall next to it! Thankfully it only lasted 10-15 seconds, but it was a long 15 seconds! After the shaking stopped we heard some distant rumbling and said a quick prayer that it was an echo we were hearing vs a landslide. Praise The Lord there was no damage at the Promised Land other than a lot of dust from walls creaking and a bunch of cranky team members that were awakened at 5:30! They were all grateful however to witness the remainder of the sunrise.
At breakfast we learned that it was a 7.0 on the Richter scale! The second largest Pastor Luis remembers! A few walls did fall in the city, but we have not heard of any serious injuries to anyone in town.
The rest of the day was a little hectic because of the earthquake. We had originally planed to do basketball camps at 2 schools, but they cancelled classes due to a power outage. Fortunately there was a gym close by that had a basketball court we were able to use for our camp.
All in all it was a very successful day! Many who attended our basketball camps accepted the Lord into their lives! Despite the shaky start, the day ended very positive.