Natural Disaster Relief

“He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might, He increases strength.”
Isaiah 40:29

February 8, 2023
Dear Friend, thousands of people in Turkey and Syria are painfully struggling from the devastating earthquakes that struck on the morning of February 6. The magnitude 7.8 quake and its aftershocks have triggered a humanitarian disaster of unimaginable proportions.

Will you join me in prayer?
Heavenly Father, we trust in You in the midst of tragedy, and we send forth angels (Psalm 91:11) to surround our brothers, sisters, and church families in Turkey and Syria. Your covenant love, protection, and restoration belong to your children. We thank You in advance for providing your wrap-around presence (Psalm 61:1-4) and comfort beyond our understanding. We know You are near the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18) and your power and strength will ignite within us, who are able to support and provide resources of relief, a passion, and the means to respond. Thank you for providing innovative ideas and resources to us so we can act. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” Matthew 25:35

On Monday, I heard from one of my dearest friends, the Senior Pastor of one of our Life Changers partner churches in Turkey. As of yesterday, two of their Bible School graduates died near the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake — their young son survived. My friend was heartbroken — as am I—so many people have died or are still buried alive — but we are still trusting God for miracles. I told my friend that we would send money to help support this orphaned boy.

Another dear friend in Turkey told me yesterday that his family was right in the middle of the epicenter and God led them out. That’s a miracle! They are doing fine but have lost all phone and internet connection and are unable to reach their friends and family. 

Across parts of southern Turkey, people sought temporary shelter and food in freezing winter weather and waited in anguish by piles of rubble where family and friends may lie buried. One elderly lady had not seen any rescue teams and cried, “Where are the tents? Where are food trucks; we survived the earthquake, but we will die here due to hunger or cold.”

Sadly, the needs are rising rapidly in Turkey and Syria, and not everyone who requires assistance is visible. Over 75% of all sub-districts in the country are classified as being under severe, extreme, or catastrophic conditions.


As I mentioned above, together and through our dear Life Changer partner churches on the ground in Turkey, we can tangibly provide substantial relief. It’s true that there are numerous incredible organizations and ways to financially support those who have been affected. However, when you donate through Life Changers, 100% of your contribution goes directly to our partner churches on the ground to provide aid to their church family and community – the invisible people who need help immediately. When you donate through Life Changers, there is no bureaucracy, politics, or delay.

As your heart and the Holy Spirit leads you, will you please join me and others in giving your most generous gift today? We will begin sending funds this week.

I look forward to hearing from you today, if possible.

P.S. THANK YOU! “Mercy to the needy is a loan to God, and God pays back those loans in full.” Prov. 19:17 (MSG)