Soccer star Christian Atsu was found alive under apartment rubble that was struck down by the deadly earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria.
On Monday morning, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Turkey and Syria followed by another 7.7 magnitude quake in the early afternoon. The epicenter was believed to be near the Turkish city of Gaziantep. Thousands of buildings and apartment complexes have been completely destroyed by the quakes. Over 5,000 people have now been reported dead.
Search and rescue attempts are still ongoing to look for thousands of missing individuals. Most of them are believed to be under the rubble now. Among those who have been reported missing on Monday morning was the Ghana soccer star Christian Atsu. He was reported to be trapped under the rubble of his apartment building in Hatayspor, 90 miles from the epicenter of the quake.
Christian is a Ghanaian professional footballer who is currently playing for the Turkish team Hatayspor and the Ghana national team. On Sunday night, he successfully led the Hatayspor to a 1-0 victory against Kasimpasa. However, just hours later, the terrible news of the earthquake broke out.
Thankfully, after 26 hours of the rescue mission, Christian was found alive under the rubble. Reports say that he has suffered injuries on his foot and was having difficulty in breathing. The soccer star was immediately brought to the hospital for medical care. Christian’s management recently confirmed that the winger is now far from danger.Christian Atsu is a man of faith and an active member of Hillsong church in Newcastle. He has always been publicly vocal about his religious belief and he uses the platform that he has to introduce who Jesus Christ is to everyone. In an interview in 2018, Christian shared that it was God’s grace that brought him this far into his career.
“God’s power has to be manifested in my life for people to see how far he has brought me. The Bible says it is not our hard work, by what we do, that makes us reach the level that we are now. For example, like me – it is not just by my hard work, though I am working hard, it is the will of God, the grace of God, that has brought me this far.”
Call To Prayer
Prayers are being rallied right now for Christian Atsu’s recovery and thousands of others who have been affected. Let us pray that those who are still missing will be found alive. Let us pray for comfort for those who have lost their loved ones. And, let us pray for protection for the rescuers who are risking their lives to save others right at this moment.
Read also: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: MAGNITUDE 7.8 EARTHQUAKE HITS SYRIA AND TURKEY
Reference: Daily Mail UK | ESPN | Ghana Sports Online | Independent
Header Image: Christian Atsu [@chris_atsu]. Christian Atsu. Instagram, August 29, 2020, https://www.instagram.com/chris_atsu/