Feb. 16, 2023 | Turkey

Massive Earthquake Kills Pastor and Wife Among Thousands

[236] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for orphaned son of pastor.

At 4:17 A.M. local time on Monday, February 6, 2023, a massive earthquake shook eastern Turkiye and Western Syria. The quake, registering 7.8 on the Richter scale, caused thousands of buildings, including many multi-story residential buildings, to collapse. Tens of thousands of people died as a result, and Christians in Turkiye’s larger cities report being unable to contact their relatives in the earthquake zone. A front-line worker told VOM that one local pastor and his wife, along with their young son, were trapped in a collapsed building. The front-line worker was later told that the couple had died but their young son survived. Front-line workers request prayers for this family and others in the region who are suffering due to the devastating earthquake.

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  • We continue to pray for those who suffered in the earthquake in Turkiye and Syria. May the Lord minister to those who have lost loved ones, homes, livelihoods, and hope. May the Church of Jesus Christ God's Son shine its brightest in these dark times, offering comfort and encouragement and material supplies to rebuild lives that have been devastated.
    Toni D - USA
  • I hope and pray in Christ Jesus' name for a daily abundance of blessings, especially your Holy Spirit, wisdom, healing, restoration, love, grace, compassion, mercy, protection, deliverance, resiliance, and so much more. I hope and pray that things are going well and improving everyday. These snakes and scorpions are crushed in Jesus' name, amen.
    Gabriel S - USA
  • ABBA FATHER, I pray that YOUR peace reigns inside the orphaned pastor's son, that is beyond all man's understanding, that only comes from knowing YOU, JESUS, and knowing that we, as YOUR born again, HOLY SPIRIT filled children, that when we die, we will be with YOU in heaven, for all eternity! YOU are the PRINCE OF PEACE, JESUS! Bathe him in YOUR Love!
    Michael V - USA
  • Lord intervene in this catastrophe and use it for your kingdom, we pray in Jesus name.
    Margaret D - USA
  • Dear Jesus, guard the son of this pastor and his wife. Provide for the son that he will be raised in a Christian home. Come to his defense. Make haste to help him. Provide for all those struggling with their loss of family and homes from the earth quake. May they be blessed by Christians and turn to You, Jesus.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Oh Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ, these people are in turmoil, and they need Your help, and they need Your presence, they need Your comfort!
    christine s - USA
  • Father, or hearts break for the people of Turkey and Western Syria in this epic disaster. We pray for the survivors to be healed and comforted and be enable to start another life through the love and care of Christian ministries who are there helping them. Be with the young boy who survived and bring comfort and healing to him and all the others.
    Gail M - USA
  • Father, please surround this boy with loving believers and please equip them to shepherd the child thru his great loss . Bless all Frontline workers as they provide counseling and relief to suffering people affected by the horrific disaster. May the Prince of Peace fill all with peace in abundance and grace for each situation. In His Name
    Barry P - USA
  • Father God, I ask Your continued presence in Western Syria and divine help among the people after such a horrifying disaster. May every orphan, and all who have lost loved ones know the love and comfort of Jesus Christ and His healing power that promises to never leave nor forsake them. Please give them what they need each day. Thank You Father.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Lord God, I pray for this little boy, that You would bring Christians around to care for him and help him as he grieves this loss. May those who are enduring so much after the earthquake hold fast to You, knowing that You love them, and You are with them even in the midst of this suffering. May they believe what You have promised in Your word.
    Danielle H - USA
  • In the Lordship of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Adonai, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You that orphaned son trusts and has confidence in You. We ask for emotional healing, provision, a hedge of protection on him and angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, may the orphaned son stay strong in the faith and grow up to be a leader in rebuilding the church in Turkey. Bring Bibles to the universities and raise up youths of passion for Christ throughout the country. Use satellite ministry to raise up believers among those who do not practice Islam and convert multitudes. Grow Christian leadership. Amen.
    Danae V - USA
  • Father please give hope to these people. As you raised your Son from the dead, please restore the lives of those who have lost so much.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Lord, I pray for the son of this couple who died in this tragic event in Turkey. I pray that the body of Christ would surround him with love, kindness and meet his needs amidst all the suffering in that country. Also for the frontline workers assisting those in need as Turkey and Syria recover Empower them with your light and many would believe in You.
    Bill P - USA
  • Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; - 2Corinthians 1:3 KJV. Dear Lord God, please take care of this one and all the others orphaned by the earthquake. Comfort all who mourn. Restore lives and save souls through this tragedy. In Jesus' Name. Thank You. Amen.
    Christienne D - USA
  • Dear Christian family, I am praying for you. I hope you feel God's presence. Remember he has not lost control of his creation. He changed Saul's heart so he can change the hearts of anyone. He is powerful and we know who will be victorious. Stand strong. You are loved.
    Susan R - USA
  • Lord, you are God even when we don't understand the tragedy that occurs in this world. We praise you for working in the grief and suffering, and we pray for believers in Turkey and Syria to have your wisdom, comfort, peace, and hope to minister to those in need. We pray for this boy who is now orphaned. May he grow to know you as his Father and friend.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Our Father, even a month after the earthquake people are still hurting and in need of help. Please provide for Your children and their needs. Be with the children who lost parents, parents who have lost children, and give an extra measure of Your power to those who are ministering to the hungry and hurt. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • In the mighty name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, El Shaddai, God Almighty as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of orphaned son of pastor and other victims. We praise You that they believe You are great. We ask for comfort, a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear Father, I am so sorry for all the deaths that occurred in Turkey due to the devastating earthquake. Please wrap Your arms of peace around the survivors. Bring revival and awakening to their country!
    Tricia G - USA
  • Lord, our God, bring comfort and healing to the family members and friends of those who were killed in Turkey and Syria as a result of these earthquakes. Father, I pray for the Church there. Won't you use this tragedy to draw people to Jesus. Bring healing and provision. In Jesus' name, amen.
    Maria L - USA
  • In the loving name of Shepherd Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Raah, our Shepherd, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of orphaned son of pastor, that he honors Your name. We ask for a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Our Father, Jesus said that in the last days there would be earthquakes in various places. LORD this is a big one. I pray for the families who have been devasted by loss of family, friends and homes. Please bless them with your laborers their to bring agape, peace, and comfort especially the beautiful children of Turkey
    David N - USA
  • Father God, I'm hurting in my heart for Your people and my family in Christ who were affected by this earthquake. Lord God Almighty show Yourself strong in that region in Jesus Christ of Nazareth Name, and I pray for supernatural resources, blessings, and mercies thru out that region in Christ Name.
    Joseph M - USA
  • Father, the magnitude and destructive power of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria is difficult to fully comprehend and many people - both saved and saved - are in desperate need. Thank You for sparing the life of the pastor's son. May this young boy turn to You for comfort and help in time of need. Bring loving believers into his life to provide care.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. Your comforting arms around this child father & give him peace. You know how we prayed about this tragedy that happened in Turkey. We know why it has come to pass. But still we pray Your Hands of aid & healing over these people & all of their needs met in this time. In Jesus' Gracious Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Father God, I pray for the young man, that you keep him and strengthen - sustain him with your right hand of righteousness. Let your hand be with him. You are the Father to the fatherless and and I trust you that he will be in good hands. I ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Dear Lord, I cry out to You for all those affected by this terrible earthquake! Send the help they need to restore what has been devastated, comfort those who mourn lost loved ones, and send Your good news of salvation in Jesus through those who go to minister in His name! I pray that you will work all of this for the good of those who love you!
    Carolyn L - USA
  • Father, please comfort the families of those who have died. Give them hope that they will see their family again one day in heaven where there will be no more death, suffering, or pain. Provide for this child's needs and protect him from evil. Put him into a family of believers in You who can love him and show him the love of Jesus. Thank you. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Precious Lord, bless these, Your people with strength, energy and boldness. Protect them as they serve You and may they be found faithful. Amen MARANATHA!
    Della H - USA
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