Pray for 130,000 new Kurdish refugees in Turkey

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By Pastor Glem Melo

The United States and its Allies carried out air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, but not in Syria. There the self-proclaimed caliphate stormed through Kurdish villages, sending waves of at least 130,000 refugees into Turkey over the past two days. Carol Batchelor, the Turkey representative for the United Nations’ refugee agency, said in an interview with Reuters,

“I don’t think in the last three and a half years we have seen 100,000 cross in two days. So this is a bit of a measure of how this situation is unfolding and the very deep fear people have about the circumstances inside Syria and, for that matter, Iraq.”

Syria war 1Regarding the severity of the situation, Numan Kurtulmus, Turkey’s deputy prime minister laments,

“This is not a natural disaster… What we are faced with is a man-made disaster. An uncontrollable force at the other side of the border is attacking civilians. The extent of the disaster is worse than a natural disaster.”

Regarding the refugee situation in Turkey, BBC reports,

Before the latest influx, there were already more than one million Syrian refugees in Turkey. They have fled since the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad three years ago. Some of the new arrivals are being sheltered in overcrowded schools, as Turkey struggles to cope with the influx.

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At Open Eyes Mission, we continue to monitor the war in Syria and Iraq, and the refugee crisis in Lebanon, Turkey and neighboring countries, praying and seeking the Lord for direction and guidance as we consult with partner agencies and firm-up our plans for both short-term and long-term outreach.

  • Pray for the 130,000 new Kurdish refugees in Turkey.
  • Pray for me and our team as we plan and pursue the expansion of our mission’s reach for the sake of our suffering fellowmen in the Middle East.
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About Glem Melo

I am a believer and follower of Christ, happily married, and have 3 wonderful kids. I am the founder and CEO of Open Eyes Mission, under the care of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Chicago Metro Presbytery, pastoral intern at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana, and studying Master of Divinity at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. The Bible teaches that God is real, man is sinful, hell is real, and Jesus is our only hope of salvation. I believe these truths with all of my heart, and I hope to help others learn of them as well. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) May God give you grace and peace. Glimar "Glem" Melo www.glemmelo.com www.openeyesmission.org
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2 Responses to Pray for 130,000 new Kurdish refugees in Turkey

  1. Reblogged this on KAGAY-AN REFORMED CHURCH and commented:
    “At Open Eyes Mission, we continue to monitor the war in Syria and Iraq, and the refugee crisis in Lebanon, Turkey and others, praying and seeking the Lord for direction and guidance as we consult with partner agencies and firm-up plans to expand our reach to our suffering fellowmen in the Middle East.” – Pastor Glem Melo

  2. Glem Melo says:

    Reblogged this on Salvation in Christ and commented:

    We continue to monitor the war in Syria and Iraq, and the refugee crisis in Lebanon, Turkey and others, praying and seeking the Lord for direction and guidance as we consult with partner agencies and firm-up plans to expand our reach to our suffering fellowmen in the Middle East. Please pray for us.

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