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23 February 2011 @ 10:49 pm
Praying for Christchurch, New Zealand  
In case you do not know, Christchurch, New Zealand, was struck by a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake at 12:51pm, February 22, 2011. One of the hardest hit areas was the Central Business District (CBD).

David Asccherick, Adventist evangelist and director of the ARISE Institute, had been in Christchurch conducting “What Does the Future Hold? Bible prophecy seminar” since January 25th. He was in his family's rental apartment in the CBD when the quake struck and recounts what happened in a very telling article Christchurch Earthquake Frontline Report.

Read David Asscherick's report of the earthquake here -> http://record.net.au/items/christchurch-earthquake-frontline-report

"It looked and felt like a scene straight out of the Second Coming. [...] The scene was perfectly apocalyptic complete with fires, collapsed buildings, thousands of terrified people, helicopters buzzing overhead, and toxic smoke-filled air. [...] It was all very surreal and otherworldly. I felt like a pilgrim—all my belongings on my back, walking through a wasteland surrounded by confused and frightened people."

Both David and his family (who were visiting friends elsewhere) were safe, but we know from news reports that many others were not. The death toll is about 75, but is likely to rise with over 100 are still trapped in the debris or presumed dead.

"Many decisions for baptism had already been made. We had been getting between 300-500 people attending nightly. The last message I had presented was the truth about the Sabbath. [...] We were halfway through our nightly meetings and have been progressing very well, particularly for such a secular city. I was set to preach the truth about death and hell the day the quake hit."

Let's all keep Christchurch and all those affected by this earthquake in our prayers.