9 months since Turkiye earthquake, the Church hasn’t forgotten

By November 6, 2023

Turkiye (MNN) — Today marks the nine-month anniversary of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed over 50,000 people in Turkiye and Syria.

The Turkish government expects to have 40,000 new homes built for quake survivors by the end of the month – still 280,000 short of the final goal.

The road to rebuild for quake-stricken communities in Turkiye will be long. But the Church continues to stay, offering physical and spiritual support.

FMI’s Pastor Izzet says, “Specifically, the Church during this time has really shown in terms of its efforts to help people and its activities that it’s done to help people. Especially churches within the earthquake zone have been great at witnessing and sharing their faith.”

Hard-frame shelters for quake survivors in Turkiye. (Photo courtesy of FMI)

After the earthquake, FMI-supported churches in Turkiye built emergency shelters for survivors. Today, believers are still helping families get into longer-term hard-frame shelters.

Izzet says, “The earthquake really seriously affected Turkiye in a great way. There’s still a lot of people, a lot of victims from the earthquake that just are deeply affected by that.”

In the rubble, FMI is seeing Turkish Muslims find lasting hope in Jesus!

“Physical materials, food, and other things like that seems like it’s fairly effectively being [provided]. But the emotional support, the spiritual support, the only person that can solve those issues and help the kids and the people is the Lord Himself.”

Please continue to pray for the people of Turkiye as they grieve and heal from the earthquake’s devastation.

“We can pray that the seed that has been sown would actually produce fruit and crop. There’s a lot of people who died. But out of that, may we see spiritual revival and lots of resurrection, as it were, that comes from that,” says Izzet.

“May this painful incident that happened in Turkiye be a doorway for people to come to know Christ.”

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Header photo courtesy of FMI.

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