In the midst of the destruction caused by earthquakes in Turkey, small communities of Jesus followers continue to demonstrate what it means to love one another.
Relief and Development
Ministry has been disrupted, and lives are at stake as Sudan experiences heavy fighting that has devastated its capital and other areas.
Josh's concern for finding answers to humanity’s big problems — especially sustainable energy solutions — sparked an interest in engineering that eventually led him to Ukraine.
At 04:00 on 6 February 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by several large aftershocks, took place near the city of Gaziantep, Türkiye, in the southeastern part of the country. People across Türkiye, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Israel were reported to have felt it. Since then, OM's partners have responded to help many.
“It is worth it to lose everything, to be able to find Jesus," says Alla, a Ukrainian woman who recently came to faith. Though her family has lost much since the war began, she sees God at work in their lives.
Since the war in Ukraine started in February 2022, the city of Rivne has seen an influx of displaced people in desperate need of aid. OM teams have seen God at work through the hard times.
"I want to learn to give like you give," said a man having observed the quiet, positive way WayEn and ShunShun served the community.
When seasonal flooding arrives, Johnny and other OM workers traverse to remote areas and offer food to those who were hit the hardest.
Millions of people have been displaced from their homes due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. In the storm of trials, Stefan, an OM worker, constantly sees God’s provision so he can serve others.
“I realised God was not calling me to serve the country of Ukraine but the Ukrainian people!” said Roberto Ramirez after leaving Ukraine due to the rising conflict between Ukraine and Russia.