A 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Turkey-Syria border struck in the early hours of February 6, 2023. This earthquake is estimated to affect more than 23 million people. Thousands of lives have been lost; families have been displaced amid severe winter conditions; and entire cities and villages are devastated. Transportation and communications are compromised. An intense search for survivors continues.
Our Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program is engaged. Solidarity grants to meet immediate needs--food, shelter, clothing, medical care and counseling—have been processed through existing mission partnerships with Middle Eastern ministry programs. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is working through our ACT Alliance partner GOPA-DERD to distribute winterization items (blankets, mattresses, tents), food items and medicines. These partnerships have been established over the years through shared ecclesial work and to help people recover from war, forced migration and other tragedies.
As we watch the images and hear the news reports, please pray for the people and families impacted and consider a humanitarian gift to victims of this massive earthquake. You may give through First Presbyterian Church, by sending a check or giving online. Checks may also be left in the Finance Office. Questions? Please contact Rev. Jay Sanderford firstname.lastname@example.org