I strongly believe that God is at work in Turkey and Syria, moving with first responders and neighbors offering a helping hand, with doctors and engineers. God is also reminding and encouraging us to continue our good work.
The Rev. Santi Rodriguez, Associate Rector
A tremendous series of earthquakes have shattered the lives of our siblings in Turkey and Syria. We grieve with families who lost their loved ones in the quakes and with those who have been affected by the massive destruction across southern Turkey and northern Syria. We also express gratitude for the lives salvaged from the ruins, for the creative resiliency of the Turkish and Syrian people, and for all who are responding to their needs.
Indeed, as Episcopalians, we have a crucial part to play. We can hold our governments accountable for ensuring that development aid is distributed fairly and transparently. We can give our time, our expertise, and our funds to the ongoing effort of responding to the needs of our siblings in Syria and Turkey. We can remember that the Turkish and Syrian people are our family, our brothers and sisters and siblings in Christ, and by working together with them and with our God, we can fulfill our holy task of healing and caring for those in need.
Please join us in prayer and in solidarity for those affected by the devastation in Turkey and Syria. To find out more about what Episcopal Relief & Development is doing to respond to this disaster, click here.
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