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12th Feb 2023 – Minister’s Letter – Responding to the Earthquake in Türkiye and Syria

Minister’s Letter – Responding to the Earthquake in Türkiye and Syria

Many of us were stunned earlier this week by the news of the terrible earthquake in Türkiye (now the preferred spelling for Turkey) and Syria. Financial aid can be forwarded to those in need via Anglican Aid. From Tim Swan, Anglican Aid’s CEO:

Last night [Tuesday], we heard from our long-term partner in Syria, Samir Yacco of Damascus Church Aid, who told us the city of Aleppo and the coastal regions suffered severe damage. Syria has been cut off and under heavy sanctions in recent years. As it is difficult for the international community to help in Syria, we will be focusing our support there. Samir is the president of the Evangelical Baptist Union in Syria and is in contact with local pastors. He said that right now, “food hampers are needed more than anything else.”

The effected region was a cradle of the early church: Paul’s birthplace of Tarsus is near the epicentre, as is the location of Antioch, an important centre of Christianity in ancient times. As reported above, Christians are still found in this area. It’s also interesting that church networks can make inroads where governments are less effective.

Donations can be made at anglicanaid.org.au/syria-earthquake-relief.

Martin Kemp