Hundreds of thousands of people in southern Turkey and northern Syria continue to be displaced and in need of basic supplies following a series of devastating earthquakes and aftershocks in February. To help people who are struggling with rebuilding their lives, Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) has partnered with Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) to bring emergency assistance along with the message of comfort and hope found in Jesus Christ. Through generous donations from supporters of both organizations, this partnership has already provided basic necessities to nearly 12,000 people during February and March.
“For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” Psalm 22:24
On February 6, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks hit Turkey and the surrounding regions. Exactly two weeks later, on February 20, a 6.3 magnitude quake shook the same area, bringing further destruction, additional deaths, and more injuries.
According to Reuters, as of March 13, the death toll in Turkey has risen to 48,448. The combined death toll, including those killed in Syria, has climbed to more than 54,000. The earthquake and subsequent powerful tremors injured more than 115,000 in Turkey, leaving millions sheltering in tents or seeking to move to other cities.
Every day people are tasked with looking for food and necessities to survive.
Rev. Chris Singer, Lutheran Church Charities President & CEO, has been working with President Kurt Buchholz of Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) on ways to bring assistance and the hope found in Jesus Christ to people in Turkey and Syria who are directly impacted by this catastrophic disaster.
“I am excited to work with President Kurt Buchholz and the great ministry of LHM. In the face of such dire and large scale need we find our help will be better together,” shares Rev. Singer. “Much of the news has highlighted that people in this devastation feel forgotten. But we know that the Lord is attentive to their cries of suffering (Psalm 22:24). LCC can bring them mercy, compassion, and assurance with your help. Let’s bring hope together!”
Your Financial Donations Can Assist Lives Directly Impacted!
Lutheran Hour Ministries is incorporating a holistic approach to sharing God’s love by attending to people’s physical and emotional needs as well as their spiritual needs. They are currently gathering emergency supplies to be sent to a partner church in Turkey for distribution to people affected by the earthquakes. Often the recipients of holistic efforts like this desire to learn more about God through Christians moved to reach out in love.
Join LCC in praying for our brothers and sisters in Turkey and Syria, as well as for the safety of the dedicated first responders, to remain strong in faith during these difficult times. LCC never charges those we serve as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
Note: LCC is not collecting items to ship, only financial donations to cover the cost of shipping and the purchase of additional needed supplies.