As of Thursday, February 9, the death toll in Turkey and Syria following the earthquake three days earlier exceeded 20,000 people. The disaster has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless across the two countries—amidst widespread power outages and subfreezing temperatures. The extreme conditions are impeding rescue and recovery efforts, which continue to be underway.
BGAV’s ministry partner in that region, the European Baptist Federation (EBF), is regularly updating us on relief efforts as rescue workers gain access to areas where they can help. They are supporting the response primarily through Turkish Baptist Alliance and Hungarian Baptist Aid in Turkey, and MERATH – the relief and community development arm of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) in Syria.
They have communicated that currently they cannot receive volunteers from the U.S. The most significant way to help right now is through constant prayer and donating funds, which BGAV Disaster Response is directing to the EBF for use in supporting those ministry efforts on the ground.
- For families separated and displaced in the aftermath of the natural disaster,
- For conditions to improve enough for rescue workers to do their relief work more efficiently and effectively, and
- For Christians to come together around this crisis and meet human needs in the name of Jesus Christ.
Donate online to support the timely, hands-on ministry relief efforts of EBF partners – Turkish Baptist Alliance, Hungarian Baptist Aid, and MERATH/LSESD. Be sure to select “Disaster Relief Active Response (Earthquake in Turkey) from the dropdown menu.