Nine months after the devastating earthquakes that claimed more than 50,000 lives, recovery and rebuilding are ongoing. Though the response of the international community was generous, the clean-up and recovery process are ongoing. Many are still without new homes, and economic recovery in the affected areas is slow. Turkish Christians are actively participating in the recovery process by providing practical assistance and trauma counseling to those affected. This disaster brought Turkish Christians together in unprecedented unity. Additionally, the response has opened doors for the Gospel to spread. Let us pray for an abundant harvest of souls (The Bible, John 15:2).
Source: Six-Month Anniversary of the Türkiye Earthquakes and the UN Response (UN) and Christian workers in the region
According to a Human Rights Watch report, China has forcibly sent around 500 people back to North Korea. These individuals are often North Korean escapees who are on the run in China after fleeing their country. Many of them are Christians trying to escape the severe persecution they face in North Korea. Let us hope and pray for an end to the troubling practice of forcible repatriation in China. Our hearts also go out to the North Korean defectors who are currently living in China without proper registration. Declare the Power of Jesus Christ over the Christian community in North Korea. Pray that the international community gives them the help and support they need as they face imminent danger returning to their country. May they find the help and support they need, and may God guide them to a place of safety and security. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers (The Bible, Psalm 16:9-11).