Wednesday, February 23, 2011

6.3-magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand

"It looked and felt like a scene straight out of the Second Coming."

-David Asscherick

Update: Feb. 25 ― About seven Seventh-day Adventist churches in Christchurch, New Zealand are damaged due to the earthquake.

According to Record, the South New Zealand Conference "hasn't received any reports of church members being seriously injured."

Church members are encouraged not to formally meet for worship on Sabbath, but to meet at each other's homes instead. Three churches (Ashburton, Oxford and Rangiora) will be open on Saturday for worship, according to Record.

113 people have died in New Zealand, and more than 200 people are missing, CNN reported.

The Sanitarium Health Food Company's property is being used as a triage center. The Sanitarium and ADRA provided food to 1100 people at two evacuation centers.

American pastor David Asscherick was in Christchurch, New Zealand when a deadly 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Feb. 21.

For the past month, Asscherick had been speaking at an evangelistic campaign called "What Does the Future Hold?"

According to ARISE Institute, the meetings were "built, in part, around the September 4th, 7.1 earthquake."

See photos and read about the earthquake, as told by David Asscherick.

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