Perspective on the Turkey Earthquake, Pt. 1

Debora Haede

She’s got an important job helping people in America discover how to engage the political process in a constructive, Christ-centered way. As Director of Communications for the ‘Center for Public Justice‘ Debora Haede is going to make a tremendous impact on our country in the years to come.

Debora is also a witness to tragedies that challenge the soul of a nation, moving with her parents to the city of Izmit, Turkey not long after they suffered a devastating earthquake on 08/17/1999. That temblor killed an estimated 18000 people. Debora understands how vast the destruction can be, not just economically, but through the profound social disruptions and spiritual crises that inevitably follow. She sees herself now as a Special Agent in God’s Kingdom. Born to a multi-lingual and multi-cultural family, her German Father and Turkish Mother raised a truly missional child, so Debora’s seen a lot of the World and the Church in her 20+ years.

When the news broke on Feb. 06, 2023 that her mother’s hometown had been shattered by the most deadly earthquake in centuries, she was flooded with sorrow. She also snapped into action helping to network her family and friends across Turkey and Syria, looking for ways to assist those who had survived. That work goes on and we’ll hear more about it and Debora’s ‘Kingdom Work’ in this series.

Special Note: In the days since this interview was recorded, Debora’s mother, Janet, suffered a stroke and is facing a difficult recovery in the broken healthcare system of Turkey. Her husband, Wolfgang, now has to negotiate this new trauma while struggling to coordinate aid for ongoing recovery and humanitarian efforts of the Turkish Church. Needless to say it has been and extraordinarily trying week for the whole family. Your prayers for all of them would be deeply appreciated…

[Encore Presentation]

Like this article?

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest

Leave a comment

Discover more from Compassionradio.com

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading

join the
vision team

THE COMPASSION RADIO VISION TEAM is a group of monthly donors who make it possible for us to sponsor the amazing projects you hear about each month. Our special END OF THE YEAR GOAL is to add 200 new vision team members for First Quarter 2021. Will you join us today? Read more about the vision team here

stay in the loop.

Get the latest compassion radio news and updates in your inbox!

Subscribe here: