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.”
- 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.