As rescue operations continue in southern Turkey two weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook the region, EPC World Outreach is developing plans to assist with long-term recovery and ministry efforts. More than 46,000 people are reported dead in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria, and officials say that number is likely to rise. More than 84,000 buildings are severely damaged, need urgent demolition, or have collapsed.
Gabriel de Guia, Executive Director of World Outreach, said a global worker couple in Turkey several hundred miles north of the devastated region is exploring avenues for relief, including setting up relief teams.
“We have World Outreach missionaries on the ground in Turkey who are currently assessing specific ways for us to engage there,” de Guia said. “We have partner contacts in Syria as well and hope to provide details on these efforts soon.”
He added that donations to the EPC’s International Disaster Relief Fund will be directed toward earthquake aid efforts. Secure online donations can be made at www.epc.org/donate/internationaldisasterrelief, which also includes instructions for donating by check and text-to-give.
“I have received many phone calls and emails asking how the EPC was helping with this disaster,” de Guia said. “I am grateful for how God’s love is so evident in our people that they want to help people who are hurting in ways most of cannot imagine.”