Local Turkish Christians Operating a Makeshift Kitchen for Earthquake Survivors and Emergency Workers
Local Turkish Christians Operating a Makeshift Kitchen for Earthquake Survivors and Emergency Workers
May. 11, 2023 | Turkey

Greater Interest in God's Word Amid Earthquake Tragedy

[144] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Earthquake survivors requesting Bibles.

Within days of the Feb. 6 earthquake that devastated eastern Turkiye, Turkish Christians rushed from other parts of the country to help. “One church group used their hands to dig people out of the rubble,” a front-line worker said. Others set up emergency kitchens and shelters. One improvised cafe was so successful in feeding survivors and emergency workers that it attracted the attention of the local governor: “He was so impressed he told the group, ‘Please continue what you are doing. Let me know how we can help,’ and he offered free use of some government trucks and additional food,” said a front-line worker. “Local Christians are doing the work of Matthew 25:35 — ‘I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me a drink.’” The worker said local news coverage of the Christians’ activities increased requests for Bibles.

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  • Our Father, continue to strengthen and bless Your children who are helping the hurting, and homeless, and hungry, after the Earthquake. May their love for You shine brightly as they sever their countrymen. May those who hunger and thirst for Jesus find Him. In His name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. Praise & glory to You who brings scripture to pass! The first church rises up again to shine their light; to be the hands of Jesus around them! Show them Jesus! Show them who You really are! May their hearts desire You to the utmost when they see Your miracle working power to heal & save! IJ Holy NA!
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Lord I praise You for the sacrificial love and help of these Christians. I pray that they would keep pouring out their hearts and that You would fill and give EVEN abundantly more than they can ask or imagine. I pray for there to be SO much food that they don't know what to do with it and I pray for a bold witness of who Jesus is as they serve the food
    Joy H - USA
  • In the wisdom of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Omniscient God, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Turkish earthquake survivors. We ask for grace, for wisdom, a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Thank You , Father, for allowing Your people to demonstrate Your love and how the Church exemplifies Christ on earth. May these acts of mercy and love point many to the Savior who loves the Turkish people as He loves the rest of the world. Allow the contrast of Christianity with the dominant religion cause many to consider the claims of Christ.
    Toni D - USA
  • In the saving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Savior, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You that Jesus is High Priest, Mediator and Savior for Turkish and Syrian earthquake survivors. We ask for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Let this message of the cross reach to the uttermost parts of the earth including Turkey. We are so grateful for the church that has been shining a beacon of hope. We pray that hunger for your word will continue to grow in that nation. I ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for all believing earthquake survivors in Turkey: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith & works of love! May all requests for Bibles be granted. May the media not drop coverage of this earthquake.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, how we praise You for Your church moving out to help in the midst of this horrible great quake. Thank You for all their hard, selfless work to meet the most basic needs of the suffering. May those requesting Bibles learn the truth about God and the Messiah of the whole world. May many come to know You as their Savior bringing much glory to You
    Gail M - USA
  • Lord in this tragedy your love and light continues to shine. You told us to love one another, that love was most important. Thank you for increase request for your word. May many hearts and souls come to you in faith as positive outcome from a very negative event. Thank you in Jesus's holy name. Amen
    Judith B - USA
  • Merciful Father Many thanks for Your protection of Your people during this tragic earthquake in eastern Turkije. Praise to You for the love that is in the hearts of those helping with the clean up & providing for those who are in need of all types of assistance due to this tragedy. May your name be glorified & work magnified. In Jesus holy name Amen!
    Robert C - Canada
  • Father, thank you for these Christians reaching out and helping amidst the tragedy of this earthquake. I ask Lord that many would turn to you through this. In Jesus name, amen.
    Nancy H - USA
  • Lord, I thank you for the local Christians who are helping the earthquake victims survive. They truly are your hands and feet. I thank you that their example of you is causing people to want to read the Bible. I pray that this will increase and Bibles will come in to these Muslims have survived this horrible earthquake. In Jesus name I pray amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Jesus have mercy Lord for they hear your voice..as the sheep going to slaughter.
    Joetta G - USA
  • Lord God, I thank You for the ways You are working through Your people in the midst of this tragedy. May You continue to strengthen Your people and give them wisdom to minister in this great suffering. May they be vessels of Your love and kindness and take all the opportunities they are given to present the hope of the gospel.
    Danielle H - USA
  • God, as people ask for Your Word, please meet this need. Let them read Your Word, hear the truth, and believe. Let them join Your people who are obeying Your commands, and let both work and faith grow. We also ask that You bless these Christians a hundredfold, giving them back so much more than they have given out. Let Your character be seen, and save.
    Kesse R - USA
  • Thank You Lord for using this tragedy to bring others to You. Thank You for Your church stepping up to be Your hands and feet to point the lost to You. Please continue to work in this region and help Your Name to be glorified in the media through the work of the church. Help leaders to come to faith and to allow the church to thrive and grow. In Jesus
    Cynthia H - USA
  • Father TY that amid this tragedy, Your hand is still moving. TY for the increase in requests for Your Word, & ty those who are desiring Your Word will have a Bible placed in their hands. May many come to faith in You through this. Blessings on all the ministries & helpers. MInister health, energy, & strength to all in Jesus' Name.
    Lisa T - USA
  • Thank you, Father, that this devastating earthquake was used to spread the gospel. The church became the hands of Jesus and because of outreach and help in time of great need, the hearts of authorities have been touched and in turn have offered assistance. Continue to use these dear Christians as they live out their faith in their community.
    Betty D - USA
  • Thank you Father that the Christians were so courageous and self-sacrificing to help here in this tragedy! Thank you for giving them the resources and the love in their hearts to help their suffering countrymen. Oh that Your saving Gospel would take root here in this dark place! I pray that so many would find salvation in their suffering.
    Margaret M - USA
  • Father, thank you for what Christians are doing to help survivors after this catastrophe. Thank you for more interest people have in the Gospel. I pray that all who want and need a Bible will receive one in Jesus name.
    Rosalind T - USA
  • May your love abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. And may what has happened continue to serve to advance the Gospel. (Phil. 1)
    Allison G - USA
  • Father what a blessing your children have been to these earthquake survivors. Give them physical, mental, spiritual strength and health to continue your work in saving souls for your kingdom. Provide an abundance of Bibles to meet the needs of those seeking you in Türkiye. Continue to open the minds, hearts and souls of the government people to Jesus
    Laurie T - USA
  • O Lord it is so good to hear of the Christian response to the earthquake survivors in Turkey! May this sacrificial display of the love of Christ be fruitful for many to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Please help us provide the requested Bibles in their language so they may know this Savior who is represented by his people. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Avi Ad! I thank You that Your son, Jesus Christ, has led the hearts of many of our brethren in the knowledge and actions of the love of God. And the patient endurance which comes from Christ. May their deeds lead many folk to thrust for eternal salvation in Christ Jesus. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Help those who are eager for God's word.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father God, I thank you that workers are able to feed people who are in need in the name of Jesus Christ. Please continue to provide the food and water. Please send Bibles to those who are in need of your word and comfort them through this time. I pray for those affected by the earthquake that they would find homes and jobs and be encouraged. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I praise You that Christians in Turkey are responding to the earthquake that devastated them through caring for those around them! May their requests for Bibles also be granted & give those who receive the Bibles open, receptive hearts to what You say to each of them. May media not drop coverage of this TurkeySyria tragedy. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Thank You Lord for all these people requesting Bibles after seeing Your presence in the lives of countless people coming to their aid after the earthquake. Your never-ending love is so easy to see in people's lives who rush to assist other people, that You want to be known and loved. What an incredible God we serve. Amen.
    Warren W - USA
  • Hallelujah to Our LORD, Who loves the suffering & sends help in hard times! May your servants be blessed as they minister in Your Name. May you continue to provide for this ministry in miraculous ways. May the people see your loving kindness, O Lord, & be open to Your Spirit's promptings. Heal the sick & injured. Mend broken hearts as only you can.Amen
    SM D - USA
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