Dear prayer partners,

On Friday 30 October, an earthquake struck Greece and Turkey at about 11:50 GMT and was felt along Turkey’s Aegean coast, the north western Marmara region, the eastern Greek islands, and in Athens. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said it was a magnitude 6.6 earthquake, while the US Geological Survey said it measured 7.0.

The earthquake was followed by more than 850 aftershocks, 40 registering magnitudes stronger than 4.0, according to Turkey’s AFAD. The earthquake also caused a small tsunami on the island of Samos (Greece) and a sea surge in one town on Turkey’s west coast. At least 900 people were injured, with 81 confirmed deaths, and many remain missing – rescue efforts are ongoing, with two children being found alive 58 and 65 hours after the quake.

Greece is home to about 10 million people, of which 88.3% of the population profess to be Christian. Turkey, home to about 84 million people, is a Muslim-majority nation (96.2%), of which only 0.6% profess to be Christian. According to Joshua Project, 99.1% of Turkey’s population is ‘unreached’ with the Gospel. Greece and Turkey have been locked in an ongoing dispute over eastern Mediterranean energy rights, however, on Friday (30 October), the foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece pledged to help each other in rescue and recovery efforts. This tragedy could be a catalyst for greater cooperation and dialogue between the two nations.

Please join with us in praying for Greece and Turkey.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up…” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a)