It was the early evening of April 16th when Carlos was finishing his work on a warm spring day in 2016. He was moving merchandise from one storehouse to another in Portoviejo, a small village 20 miles east of the Pacific Coast in Ecuador, South America. Suddenly, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake violently rocked his small village. Covered with debris and an iron beam that pinned down his leg, Carlos became trapped by a foot and a half of rubble from the building that collapsed over him. Carlos thought that it was the end of the world. He cried out to God and gave himself to Him and His will. Even after the shaking had stopped, Carlos laid wondering how badly he was hurt and if anyone would find him in all that rubble. Soon afterward he was rescued.
Carlos was rushed to a nearby hospital where his leg had to be amputated below the knee. He was then transferred up to a hospital in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, and seven days later had a second amputation above the knee as the result of an infection.
In the meantime, the staff of SonSet Solutions raised money for 200 SonSet® radios to be distributed to earthquake victims on the coast. Carlos was the recipient of one of those radios. Reach Beyond missionary, Hermann Schirmacher, who gave him the radio, recently asked him about it. Carlos beamed, “I am happy to have this radio and be able to listen to the programs. I especially like the programs from HCJB for families.” HCJB is the local radio station that broadcasts gospel programming from Quito, Ecuador.
The International Red Cross gave Carlos a prosthetic leg and he is learning to walk again. Three months after the earthquake, he started his own business selling clothing with his wife.
Carlos is motivated to keep going for his family. He says his strength hasn’t come from himself, but from God. His faith has grown as well as his knowledge of God. Our hope is that other recipients of these SonSet radios are being rescued just as Carlos was—rescued by Jesus.
By Ruth Weber