Our big advantage was that in this region 90% of the people speak Arabic. It was great to listen to them in their heart language.Live Global partners Robin and Salina*
Live Global partners Robin and Salina were early responders to the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria on February 6, 2023. Because of their shared language with the victims of the earthquake, they could listen to people’s stories of heartbreak and loss. Some shared how they escaped a home as it collapsed around them, some lost most of one’s family members in the earthquake, and some even neglected their own medical needs in a sense of hopelessness.
“It was great to see their faces smiling in the midst of all that because we visited them and because we cared to hear their stories,” Robin and Salina said.
When we in North America saw the news reports, photos, and videos of the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria, we saw the physical devastation and human misery, and we might have felt helpless. Our heart asks questions and makes reasonable excuses: “What can we do from so far away?” “Would the little I can give make a difference?” “We can’t all go, can we?” “I don’t speak their language.” That’s why national partnership ministry is so valuable. You actually can make a difference through partnering with Live Global’s national ministry partners like Robin and Salina*!
A Commitment to Serve
Live Global partners like Robin and Salina and others, plus some Live Global team members, responded in-person quickly to the needs of victims of the massive earthquake that shook Türkiye and Syria. Partners who serve refugees throughout the region began supplying relief to the survivors. Along with material relief supplies, they shared the Good News of salvation through Jesus. (Read more about these efforts in a previous post here.) The local partners are committed to serving by building relationships that lead to Gospel conversations.
“Every time we go there, we can see how personal relationships are developing. We are praying those relationships will be the doors to their hearts. It’s a great opportunity for them to hear the good news. Please pray for open doors to share with the victims that there is hope and that God’s hope can’t be taken from them.”
Help Meet Ministry Needs
Pray for the Gospel workers ministering in the earthquake region and to the refugees. Pray for hearts to be opened and transformed by the Gospel. Pray about giving to help meet general needs through the Live Global Compassion Fund.
Pray for Robin and Salina* and other ministry partners in the region. Robin and Salina* have a specific need for a car. It often takes them over 90 minutes by bus to reach their various places of ministry. Driving their own car would shorten that time to about 30 minutes. They could also transport other ministry workers and visitors. A 7- or 8-year-old car will cost about $20,000. If you feel led to give for this need or for their ministry, you will find a donation link here.
Your step of faith will help them keep their commitment to change heartbreak to hope.
*Because they serve in a sensitive region, we don’t use Robin and Salina’s real names.