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News Alert ~ Pray for Turkey Earthquake Disaster

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Ministry Seeks Prayer for Turkey Earthquake Survivors

By Michael Ireland
Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

Rescuers pull survivors from damaged buildings. 
(Photo courtesy ASLAN)

VA,N, TURKEY (ANS) -- An horrific 7.2 earthquake rocked the city of Van in eastern Turkey near the border with Iran on Sunday (October 23), at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon.


According to Ian and Mary Jane Heringa of ASLAN International ( ) there are 217 confirmed dead and 1,090 people injured.

The ministry says the tremors were not felt in Istanbul where the ASLAN ministry/fellowship is based.

In an e-ail update to ANS, The Heringas say: " Let our cries reach heaven as we ask God for mercy on Turkey. The hearts of the whole nation are shaken. Let us grieve with those who have lost everything."

Rescuers comb damaged buildings for survivors. 
(Photo courtesy ASLAN)

They add: "Right now, we ask you to plead with God for mercy on the nation of Turkey. After we had an earthquake of this magnitude in 1999, thousands of Turks called into our Alo Dua Prayer Hotlines requesting prayer.

"Please join us in praying for the government's rescue efforts, for more rescue vehicles and paramedics, doctors to get to Van quickly, for the weather -- meteorologists are predicting snow, for those still trapped in the rubble, that they may be found quickly, for the families of those who are missing. In their despair, may they turn to Jesus."


Bewildered survivors in front of damaged buildings. 
(Photo courtesy ASLAN)

The Heringas say "This province is one of Turkey's poorest. People have lost everything."
They add: "Pray for us, our ASLAN team -- to know how to minister and reach out effectively during this crisis time of Turkey's shaking."



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** Michael Ireland is Senior Correspondent for ANS. He is an international British freelance journalist who was formerly a reporter with a London (United Kingdom) newspaper and has been a frequent contributor to UCB UK, a British Christian radio station. While in the UK, Michael traveled to Canada and the United States, Albania,Yugoslavia, Holland, Germany,and Czechoslovakia. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China,and Russia. Michael's volunteer involvement with ASSIST News Service is a sponsored ministry department -- 'Michael Ireland Media Missionary' (MIMM) -- of A.C.T. International of P.O.Box 1649, Brentwood, TN 37024-1649, at: Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.) International where you can make a donation online under 'Donate' tab, then look for 'Michael Ireland Media Missionary' under 'Donation Category' to support his stated mission of 'Truth Through Christian Journalism.' Michael is a member in good standing of th e National Writers Union, Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association, Evangelical Press Association and International Press Association. If you have a news or feature story idea for Michael, please contact him at: ANS Senior Reporter

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