The death toll from the powerful 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Feb. 6, 2023 has risen to more than 38,000, with more fatalities expected as search teams continue to work amid the devastation. Countless others are injured and displaced, seeking aid and assistance in the aftermath of what is being considered the deadliest natural disaster in Turkey’s modern history.
The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering is joining with Baptist World Alliance to raise funds to provide critical resources and aid to meet the immediate physical and spiritual needs of those injured and displaced by the earthquake.
Baptist World Alliance is coordinating a Baptist Forum on Aid and Development response among three lead agencies: German Baptist Aid, Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development – Middle East Revive and Thrive, and Hungarian Baptist Aid.
Partnering with the Turkish Baptist Alliance and the Baptist Convention of Syria, immediate relief and aid is being distributed in the affected areas to those who need it most.
“We are grateful for the ways Texas Baptists respond in loving our neighbors through humanitarian aid and crisis relief. We are truly better together,” said Irene Gallegos, director of Texas Baptists Hunger Offering.
Texas Baptists churches are encouraged to support ongoing relief efforts by giving through the Hunger Offering, and by praying for those impacted by the disaster and those seeking to provide relief. Click here to give to the relief effort, and pray for the following:
For the leadership and churches of the Turkish Baptist Alliance, Baptist Convention of Syria and Lebanese Baptist Convention
For the Hungarian Baptist Aid Rescue Team and other rescue teams, who are still engaged in recovery efforts amidst the rubble
For the families who have lost loved ones or currently have loved ones missing
For the millions of displaced people in Turkey, Syria and Lebanon
For all impacted to be drawn nearer to God as a result of this tragedy