PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for God to thwart the plans of terrorist groups in Turkey, including Al Qaeda. Pray that when the enemy comes against innocent people in Turkey that the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against the enemy by sending forth weapons from His arsenal in heaven. (Exodus 15:3, 6-7 and Isaiah 59:19)
     
  • Pray for the Turkish government to continue its strong opposition against to combating terrorism and terrorist finance issues.
     
  • There is an increasing openness in Turkish government to officially recognize that Turkey is a multi-cultural and multi-religious country. Pray that this openness would continue and bring greater freedom for all people in Turkey
     
  • Thank God that the number of Christians in Turkey has grown from only 10 in 1960 to 2,000 in 2000.
     
  • Turkey remains the largest unreached nation in the world. Few of the 66 million Muslims have ever heard the Gospel and only 15 of Turkeys 80 provinces have a Christian church. Pray for laborers for this harvest field.
     
  • Pray that the barriers and prejudices against Christianity can be broken down. To be a Turk is to be a Muslim, so people who decide to follow Jesus are threatened, intimidated and can be rejected by their families. There is a deep-seated hostility towards Christians, who are identified with foreign invaders who invaded the Turkish empire during the crusades. Pray that these misconceptions would be shattered by the truth and love of Jesus.        
     
  • Pray for an end to the trouble and hostility between the Turkish army and Kurdish separatists, who are fighting for their independence from Turkey. Although there may be a few Kurdish Christians, there are no Kurdish churches. Pray for the development of a Church that reflects and reaches these people.
     
  • After 20 years of work by the Bible Society, a new modern Turkish translation of the Bible was published in 2001. Pray that these Bibles would bring fresh revelation and excitement and reach the people who need them.
     
  • Pray for justice for these five defendants accused of murdering the German Tilmann Geske and the Turkish Christians Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel. Pray for their salvation.

 

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FACTS
Population:  73,175,000
Total People Groups:  60
Unreached People Groups: 39
Region:  Central Asia
Official National Language: Turkish 
Secondary National Language:
Religions: Islam 96.4%, Non-Religious 3.1%, Christianity 0.4%
Persecution Ranking: 31
Percentage of People in Poverty: 20%

LOCATION
Turkey, known officially as the Republic of Turkey, is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in southwest Asia and the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. Turkey borders eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest, Greece to the west, Georgia to the northeast, Armenia, Azerbaijan (the Nakhichevan exclave), and Iran to the east, Iraq and Syria to the southeast. It borders the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Aegean Sea to the west, and the Black Sea to the north. Turkey also contains the Sea of Marmara, which is used by geographers to mark the border between Europe and Asia, which makes Turkey transcontinental.

RELIGION
Turkey is comprised of 99.6% Muslims and only 0.3% of the population are Christians. . In the last century Turkey rejected Islam as the official national religion in favor of becoming a secular state. However, Turkey remains a country that identifies strongly with Islam and Christians face harassment and persecution.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Turkey is ranked No. 35 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.” Turkey is considered the largest unreached nation in the world.

Six months after the brutal killing of three evangelical Christians in Turkey a murder trial will open at the Heavy Penal Court in Malatya, Southeast Turkey in late October 2007. According to Turkish press reports the prosecution demands multiple life sentences for five defendants, accused of murdering the German Tilmann Geske and the Turkish Christians Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel.

They were tortured and their throats slashed at the Zirve Publishing House in Malatya, April 18, 2007. Zirve publishes Bibles and other Christian literature. Five young Muslims―Emre Gunaydin, Abuzer Yildirim, Hamit Ceker, Cuma Ozdemir and Salih Guler―were arrested and indicted. According to the prosecution they acted out of hate for Christian missionaries. They are also accused of founding an armed group and organized killing. Seven other defendants are accused of aiding and abetting the group.

Susanne Geske, Tilmann Geske’s widow, has publicly forgiven the murderers. She continues living in Malatya with her three children. They are members of a Protestant church in the town.

The founder of the publishing house, Martin de Lange, had made a statement in 2005 that the company had been targeted and threatened by Turkish nationalists.

According to the Turkish information service Bianet in Istanbul, 15 of the 22 Christian families in Malatya have left and will not return. There are approximately 120,000 Christians in Turkey, among them about 4,000 evangelicals.



Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors