We got to know 3 robberies last week and we are concerned about the safety in Quito.
1) Last Saturday evening, 3 of our church members were walking towards a trolley station after the caregroup in Katty’s house. A man with a pistol and a woman with a knife approached them to demand money and handphones from them. The woman pointed the knife at the throat of one of our church members while the man pointed the gun at the other two. They had to hand over their money and handphones to the robbers. Our church members were in shock and called us immediately after the robbery (with one of the handphones which was not stolen). We went down to the trolley station immediately to find out how they were. They were shaken by the incident and appeared very scared. We found out exactly what happened to them and prayed with them together. Later we passed them some money so that they can take a taxi back home.
2) Last Friday afternoon, one of our church members went to the bank to withdraw money for her work. Apparently a robber was following her and immediately after she withdrew some money and walked out of the bank, he used a knife to slit the pouch which contained the money. It happened so fast that the member only realized a few seconds later. She later reported the robbery to the guard nearby.
3) Last Wednesday evening, our Spanish teacher was walking home after work. She had just experienced a bank robbery 2 weeks ago when 5 Columbians came into a bank shooting with machine guns. This time, just before she reached home, 3 robbers came from behind and pointed at her with 3 pistols. She lost all her money, personal documents and jewelry. When the robbers could not find her handphone, they became angry and pulled her earrings off her ears violently. Her ears began to bleed because of this. Because of all the shock, she was very shaken and fainted. Thank God the robbers ran away after that and she was not hurt further.
We would like to ask anyone who may be reading this to pray for our church members and Spanish teacher to recover from the shock they are still suffering. Please also pray for God’s protection over our church family. We are thankful that only valuables were stolen and God protected the lives of our family and friends. We also appreciate our church members who called us immediately after the robbery. I think the church members trust us so much that most of them tell us their problems even before telling their physical family. We thank God for this church family which God has blessed us with. 🙂