Turkey — .2% Christians, Prayer Needed

Posted: November 26, 2014 in For Prayer Warriors
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He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few.  So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.'” (Matthew 9:37-38)

From the Voice of the Martyrs website:

Category: Hostile Nation, Religion: Muslim 96.6%, Christian 0.2%, Ideology: Islam
Head of State: President Abdullah Gul

“Turkey has experienced an ongoing political struggle between secularists, urban moderates and rural Islamists vying for government control. The country has been officially secular since 1924, but 97 percent of the population is Muslim.

Questions about the role of religion in society dominate public discourse. A parliamentary commission is at work revising the national constitution, which many believe will support enhanced human rights, including religious freedom. Nonetheless, the Turkish government maintains absolute control over all aspects of religion in the public sphere. Turkey is among the countries most affected by the civil war in Syria. By mid-October 2012, the number of Syrian refugees hosted by Turkey numbered around 100,000. Following a cross-border mortar attack from Syria that killed five Turkish citizens, the Turkish parliament authorized the use of military force against Syria.

Despite government claims and a constitutional guarantee of religious freedom, the Turkish government denies full legal recognition to religious minorities, including Christians. Non-Muslims are denied the right to train clergy, offer religious education and own and maintain places of worship. Conversion is not illegal, but converts have been charged with “insulting Turkishness.” Christians frequently experience discrimination, slander, personal attacks and attacks against churches. The Turkish media sometimes portray Christians as foreign intelligence agents intent on undermining the Turkish state. VOM supports the growing persecuted Church and provides Christian radio programs in Turkey.”

What to pray for this week for Turkey (from the “Pray Today” calendar published by Voice Of The Martyrs):

Above all, pray for God’s will to be done in Turkey, that the Lord rebuke Satan and destroy his works in the hearts and minds of the Turkish people.  Pray that God will replace Satan’s lies with the Truth of Salvation through Christ Jesus and prepare the people to be able to receive and accept this amazing truth so they may be saved.  Pray that God will send his laborers throughout the land of Turkey and fulfill his will in the land.  May God’s Kingdom come and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Specifically:

Pray for Hussein, a 9 year-old Christian convert from Islam who was beaten for his faith.

That many Muslims will question Islam, seek truth and come to faith in Christ.

That Turkish Christians will disprove the idea that true Turks must be Muslim.

For Pastor Semir Serkek and others who boldly persevere even after being attacked.

Praise God that his work cannot be thwarted, even by new restrictions on missionary visas.

For Turkish Christian television programs, which are broadcast in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East.

For VOM’s assistance to a pastor and church in a difficult area.

For President Abdullah Gul, that God will place the fear of the Lord in his heart and give him a tender conscience to the will of God and to the followers of Jesus in Turkey.  Pray for his salvation and wisdom and discernment in governing his country and people.

Turkey

 

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