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TURKEY: Massive Earthquake Kills Pastor and Wife Among Thousands

At 4:17 local time on Monday, 6 February 2023, a massive earthquake shook eastern Turkiye and Western Syria. The quake, registering 7.8 on the Richter scale, caused thousands of buildings, including many multi-story residential buildings, to collapse. Tens of thousands of people died as a result, and Christians in Turkiye’s larger cities report being unable to contact their relatives in the earthquake zone. A Front-Line Worker told VOM that one local pastor and his wife, along with their young son, were trapped in a collapsed building. The Front-Line Worker was later told that the couple had died but their young son survived. Pray for this family and others in the region who are suffering due to the devastating earthquake.

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