Prayer for Turkey

CHALLENGES TO PRAYER

Turkey’s transformation from a guardian of Christendom to unevangelised nation has been almost comprehensive. For over 1,000 years the region was a bastion of Christendom, but it later became a strong propagator of Islam.

Strong relationships within churches. Close family ties, and the security this confers, often make family rejection after conversion traumatic.

Renewed church growth. The increases of the 1990s and early 2000s slowed in the face of spiritual, legal and cultural opposition.

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•Over the last year, the situation in Turkey has deteriorated significantly for Christians as President Erdogan’s powers grow. 

•In October 2018, U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson was released from arrest after almost two years of imprisonment and four hearings. He was charged with terrorism and espionage and in the indictment was accused of “Christianisation,” deemed a “hostile act.”

Prayer points

  • Pray for a radical change in deep-seated prejudices and biases against Christianity.
  • Pray for wise leadership to peacefully navigate tensions between nationalists, radical Islamists, and Kurds.
  • Pray for the Gospel to advance in power amid increased hostilities and persecution.
  • Pray with Christians who have left Islam to follow Jesus. Ask God to give them discernment and words to minister graciously and wisely to their families and neighbours.

About Turkey

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Religion in Turkey

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 194,140 0.21 -1.1
Evangelicals 8,267 0.1 1.2
Muslims 77,159,940 98.14

Even though it was one of the earliest mission fields and home to many New Testament churches, hostility, and persecution of Christians are strong in Turkey. It is culturally accepted that to be a Turk, one must be Muslim, even if nominally so, and over 98 percent claim the faith.  Muslim extremists, government intimidation, and family pressure discourage many from coming to Christ. 

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About Turkey

Geography

Land area: 779,452 sq km

Straddles two continents; 3% in Europe (Thrace), 97% in Asia (Anatolia). It also controls the Bosphorus Strait and the Dardanelles, vital sea links between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. Its strategic position has made the area of prime importance throughout history.   

Population: 80,845,215          Capital: Ankara

Official language: Turkish, Kurdish

Languages: 45

Simultaneously one of the poorer nations of Europe yet also the most developed of the Turkic countries in Central and Western Asia.   Turkey has acted as a bridge between these two worlds while remaining separate from either. The Kurdish people, who compose nearly one-fifth of the total population within Turkey, are in dispute with the Turks over ethnic recognition. The government often prosecutes Kurd speakers and confiscate publications under the guise of prohibiting separatist propaganda.  

THE ECONOMY

A mix of antiquity and innovation, the nation of Turkey combines modern industry with traditional agriculture to be the sixteenth largest economy in the world.  In spite of the growth, the economy continues to be hindered by a high deficit and is dependent on unreliable, short-term investments. 

Unemployment: 14%    

Poverty rate: 13.5%

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Pray for Niger

CHALLENGES TO PRAYER

Aid and development projects for one of the world’s poorest countries should ideally uplift and then empower the people.

The many prostitutes in the capital are the focus of a significant outreach by CAPRO.

Medical ministry is very effective in this deprived nation. The SIM-founded Danja hospital has the national referral centre for leprosy as well as an ophthalmic centre.

Prayer Points

•Pray for focused efforts to evangelize those under the age of 15, half of the overall population.

•Pray for speed and accuracy for the workers translating the Scriptures for many barely reached people groups.

•Pray for a visible Christian presence in society and peace among struggling believers who feel isolated.

•Pray that local churches would rise up to help educate their children and develop literacy programs. 

TLM Niger Prayer

Pray for the security situation in the country

Pray for the church in Niger that the Lord will strengthen us and gives the leaders wisdom and grace to serve faithfully.

Wisdom for TLM Niger team as we try to reinforce our partnership with the government toward Leprosy Control Program activities for leprosy awareness and supervision of health centers in the  Regions.

Success in all the on-going community development activities and cooperation with partners as we discuss technical and strategic issues for the leprosy work in Niger.

For grace to cope with the cultural pressures, weather, electricity/internet challenges, etc.

Niger

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Religion in Niger

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 52,442 0.33 2.1
Evangelicals 21,541 0.1 3.7
Muslims 15,436,986 97.14

Less than one percent of the population claims the Christian faith.  Ninety-seven percent of the nation is Muslim, with 76% of the people listed as unreached ethnic groups. Christianity is slowly growing through humanitarian efforts such as well-digging, agricultural development, and education. The number of Evangelicals triples every year, though that is not keeping up with population growth.

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About Niger

Geography

Land area: 1,186,408 sq km

Sahara desert in centre and north. Only the southwest and a narrow strip along the Nigerian border in the south are savannah grasslands.

Population: 19,245,344

Capital: Niamey

Official language: French. Language of wider communication is Hausa 

Languages: 21

  Under military rule for thirty-one years, violent coups and bloody political infighting have finally unfolded into a fledgling democracy. One of the poorest countries in the world, the agricultural economy is frequently destroyed by drought. Slavery is still practiced in isolated areas of the country.  Nigerian children are trafficked for labor in gold mines, sexual exploitation, and begging. A land dispute between Libya remains unresolved and often triggers acts of violence.

Economy

One of the richest sources of uranium in the world, Niger has instead focused on developing agriculture and raising livestock.  Future economic growth is hoped to be found in the mining of gold, coal, and recently discovered oil.

Unemployment: 0.27%    

Poverty rate: 44.1% – Niger is one of the world’s poorest nations.

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Pray for Egypt

CHALLENGES TO PRAYER

The Coptic Church is by far the largest body of Christians in the Middle East and is a strategic key for the evangelization of the region.

Church leaders – Wisdom, grace, and confidence are needed in handling the Muslim authorities, Islamist persecution and the questioning world.

A spiritual awakening Church-wide in the midst of mounting pressures and communal tensions. 

Prayer Points

•Pray for a stable and trustworthy government to act in the interest of all its people.

•Pray for the Church to continue to overcome evil with divine forgiveness and love.

•Pray for Jesus to reveal Himself to an unprecedented number of Muslims disillusioned by Islamic State.

•Christians’ influence in business, the professions and health services. 

•Pray that MBBs may be uplifted and strengthened through the love of Christ.

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Religion in Egypt

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 10,838,069 12.83 1.4
Evangelicals 3,282,646 3.9 4.6
Muslims 73,213,986 86.67

Egypt was a majority-Christian nation for over 1,000 years, and today it remains home to the Middle East’s largest body of Christians – the Coptic Church (12%). Evangelical Christianity is on the rise, and even as persecution increases, so does the number of Muslims turning to Christ! Scripture is more accessible than ever, and the Church is growing in unity across theological differences.

Pray for Egypt

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