Our Response to the Earthquakes in Turkey & Syria

Two deadly earthquakes (7.8 and 7.6 on the Richter scale) occurred in Turkey and northern Syria earlier in February, and the impact has been staggering. We are deeply saddened at the devastation and loss of life for many.

Currently, we are in contact with friends and partners who have been directly impacted and are gathering information on the situation. We want to be sure our efforts will be useful and are praying for wisdom as well as engaging in conversation with contacts in the region. We have already released funds to a partner on the ground with a network already in place. We’re also in touch with Send Relief and the International Mission Board to help shape our plans and will have more opportunities to serve and give as the needs become clearer.

As a reminder, we want to step in at the right moment and not create more chaos, and we want to continue supporting the people impacted by the devastation long after the news cameras have moved on. However, there are several things you can do to help right now:

  • Pray for those affected, for many to turn to God during this time, and for His church to rise up.
  • Give toward our efforts. For this disaster, we will be using the International Crisis Relief fund. We will also direct some of our resources to SBC disaster response efforts.
  • Wait for clarity and direction. Many people want to help immediately, but our best efforts are used to focus on long-term rebuilding.
  • Remember the greater church has trained professionals & volunteers for disaster response situations. Our support to the SBC helps make this happen.