The Presbyterian Church in Ireland is urging members to donate to the relief effort In Turkey and Syria.
The church has already donated funds via the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, which will help congregations in the region.
However, church leaders are hoping congregations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will give money – “no matter how small the gift” – to the organisation, in order for them to continue their work as the death toll reaches more than 28,000 people.
While on his Presbytery Tour of Dublin and Munster Dr Kirkpatrick, Moderator of the General Assembly, said: “I am keenly aware that many people in our own country are struggling with the increase in cost of living, yet in the face of this unfolding disaster in Turkey and Syria, I would warmly commend this need to you, no matter how small your gift, it is really appreciated…”
“At this time, we also seek to stand in prayerful solidarity with PCI’s partner church in the region, the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, who have a small number of congregations in the affected region.
“As an expression of our solidarity we are immediately sending a donation for the practical support of these congregations.”
The church is asking for direct donations to be made to the Disaster Emergency Committee, or its partnering charities. This includes Christian Aid and Tearfund, amongst numerous others.