The devastating news of a major earthquake in Turkey and northern Syria is heart wrenching. News of rescues and recovery leave one wondering what we can do in the midst of such tragedy.
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is a four-star rated charity and a reliable way to get funds to those most in urgent need. This link will take you to Episcopal Relief and Development’s earthquake support page where you can help provide critical relief to communities in Turkey and Syria impacted by the earthquake.
We can offer prayers for those who lost their lives and pray for the grieving families and loved ones. We can pray for those who lost homes and have inadequate shelter in the face of winter’s cold winds. But we can also provide financial assistance – a concrete offering to help those who are suffering.
God, our times are in your hand. In the midst of uncertainty lead us by your never-failing grace as we seek to be agents of healing and hope. Walk with us through difficult times; watch over us in danger; and give to us a spirit of love and compassion for those who suffer and mourn. And finally remind us that you have promised never to leave us so that even in the valley of the shadow of death your love may be felt, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
– The Rev. Lyndon Harris, from the Episcopal Diocese of New York disaster preparedness plan