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Rising from the Rubble

Join us as we help Christians rebuild their lives after the devastating March 2023 earthquake in Turkey and Syria. 

Tragedy in Turkey and Syria 

Christians in northern Turkey and Syria face unprecedented misery after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks decimated communities, destroyed multi-level buildings, and killed more than 45,000.

For many years, International Christian Concern (ICC) has worked with suffering Christians throughout Syria and Turkey. That’s why we’re working with our trusted partners on the ground to provide aid where it’s most needed. 

Peril on Top of Persecution 

Christians in Turkey are treated as second-class citizens under a radical Islamist leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has done everything in his power to strangle the Church. In Syria, though ISIS’ stronghold is gone, the Christian population still feels the lasting affects. 

We’ve partnered with organizations who are ethical and effective in funneling aid to where it needs to go.

While we can’t save and serve everyone, we must show up for our suffering brothers and sisters in Turkey and Syria. They need to see that we are standing with them. 

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Here’s How We’ve Helped 

Pastoral Leadership and Trauma Training 

The earthquake left physical destruction and took an emotional toll on church leaders who were called to care for the injured and traumatized. Working closely with our partners on the ground, we worked to equip church leaders for future crises and provided them with an opportunity to refresh themselves spiritually and emotionally. 

Church leaders from various denominations gathered to discuss their shared experiences. The course served as a platform for self-reflection where they discussed the challenges they faced and brainstormed strategies for the future. 

“The course has been as we expected and much more,” said one participating priest. “For me, it has been something new. In addition to my personal spirituality, I am now enriched with knowledge, experience, and skills.” 

 

Pastoral Leadership and Trauma Training 

We worked with our incredible partners on the ground who hosted a transformative youth leadership for the earthquake-affected youth in the region. The program delved deep into the study of the Bible, focusing on characters like Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, and Nehemiah to apply to their daily lives and deal with the trauma they have endured.  

“You made us know the word of God and the book of God in our life. Thank you so much for this wonderful course as a group working in the church. All of us needed it,” said one participant.  

The participants connected Old Testament teachings to real-life challenges, recognizing the significance of God’s hand in their journeys.

“Lots of times God’s hand is with us, but we don’t open our eyes very well to see it,” said another participant.  

Update on Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Thousands have been killed and many more remain homeless. 

We have been working in this region for many years and will continue to serve Christian communities that have lost everything in this natural disaster. 

Please pray for all those affected by this tragic event. Then, I ask that you prayerfully consider giving. Through your generosity, we hope to bring relief to believers in the Middle East who are facing unimaginable loss.

Let us come together to lend our support.

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