You’ve probably seen the news about the Kahramanmaras Earthquake in Turkey and Syria. In case you haven’t heard, here’s what you need to know:
- A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on Monday.
- The death toll nears 20,000 and tens of thousands injured.
- The World Health Organization estimates up to 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake due to the powerful fault-line, cold temperatures, aftershocks, lack of infrastructure, and limited aid.
Needless to say, the needs are enormous and devastating. People are in shock and uncertain about missing relatives that survived the devastating disaster.ServeNow’s National Director in the Middle East, Merzek Botros, is in close contact with colleagues in both countries. These local Christian churches are contributing practical disaster aid alongside prayer, but they need help from the body of Christ. A pastor in Aleppo, Syria shared 110 large houses collapsed and the rescue workers are struggling to find survivors in the ruins. Our Christian contacts in Damascus and Aleppo have gone out to provide first aid. Thousands are living on the streets in fear of possible aftershocks. Houses are completely empty, fleeing out of fear. Many survivors seek shelter at Christian churches with ground-level courtyards. Believers and Christian leaders are trying to comfort people through prayer, food, and warmth—as best as they can. These survivors who have lost everything are told that the Lord is with them and He comforts the brokenhearted. Right now, these dear Turkish and Syrian Christians need your help. We’re calling ALL prayer warriors and those with resources to serve now! The Turkey-Syria Church need tents, blankets, jackets and warm clothing, shoes, hygiene products, food boxes with fresh food, etc. Every $50 will provide immediate relief for one family (add “Turkey-Syria Earthquake Relief” in the Notes section). Your support will proclaim the Hope of Jesus in a time of immense devastation and desperation. Let us all unite in prayer and share His passion by serving the most vulnerable in Turkey and Syria. Serving Together, Ben Foley International President of ServeNow