There have been more than 50 “micro” or “minor” earthquakes here already today. We don’t feel them all, but one’s happening now as I’m typing this — a 3.5. My bed’s shaking a little. It’s not much, but it’s unsettling.

No wonder people here are scared to sleep in their homes. You don’t feel it during the day when you’re up moving around, but you do when the bed starts to roll a bit.

Yesterday LB and I walked around the middle of Ercis, Turkey, the epicenter of the Oct. 23 quake. It’s indescribable what we saw.

Life somehow goes on.

See the clothes line on the top floor? It was two weeks ago last Sunday afternoon, so people were just doing laundry, eating lunch, hanging out when suddenly everything fell apart.


This building was a three-story building, flattened to a 20-foot (or so) pile of nothing but rubble. We walked around it knowing people had died there … and knowing some of them probably still haven’t been found in the middle of all that.

Please continue to pray for the people here. Even though they aren’t in the headlines anymore, the quakes haven’t stopped, the needs haven’t stopped and the fear hasn’t stopped.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
        will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
        my God, in whom I trust.”
    For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
        and from the deadly pestilence.
    He will cover you with his pinions,
        and under his wings you will find refuge;
        his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
    You will not fear the terror of the night,
        nor the arrow that flies by day,
    nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
        nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
    A thousand may fall at your side,
        ten thousand at your right hand,
        but it will not come near you.
    You will only look with your eyes
        and see the recompense of the wicked.
    Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
        the Most High, who is my refuge—
    no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
        no plague come near your tent.
    For he will command his angels concerning you
        to guard you in all your ways.
    On their hands they will bear you up,
        lest you strike your foot against a stone.
    You will tread on the lion and the adder;
        the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
    “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
        I will protect him, because he knows my name.
    When he calls to me, I will answer him;
        I will be with him in trouble;
        I will rescue him and honor him.
    With long life I will satisfy him
        and show him my salvation.”
                                              (Psalm 91 ESV)

3 Responses

  1. Oh my. This is such heavy news. I can’t believe what you are seeing and the pain. We are praying for you and the people of Turkey. Thank you for getting the word out and keeping us up to date on the prayer needs.
    Love you!!!

  2. The psalm that comes to mind is:
    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.” Psalm 46:1-3
    It makes me wonder if the psalmist experienced an earthquake too with such vivid imagery. Asking that He will give you the grace you need to tell other’s stories as you are sharing His story in the midst of the devastation all around you.

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