Turkey is a Eurasian country located in Western Asia and Southeastern Europe.
It is bordered by Bulgaria in the northwest, Greece in the west, Georgia
in the northeast, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran in the east, and Iraq and Syria
in the southeast.
Ankara is the capital.
Istanbul is the largest city.
The population is over 73 million.
Turkey is located at a crossroads between Europe and Asia.
Istanbul is the 3rd largest city in the world.
The Apostle Paul traveled extensively throughout Turkey.
Several important churches were located there, including in Ephesus.
The Book of Revelation was addressed to seven churches in Turkey:
0.13% Christian (3000)
0.01% Bahá'í Faith
Turkey has an ancient and rich history.
Turkey has been the location of many kingdoms: the Hittite Empire, Phrygia,
Lydia, Ionia, the Seleucid Empire, Parthia and Galatia.
Many famous cities have been built in Turkey, including Troy, Ephesus and Byzantium.
The Turkish Ottoman Empire(1299-1922) was one of the longest lasting empires in history.
During the Ottoman Empire Turkey controlled parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.
From the beginning of the 19th century onwards, the Ottoman Empire began to decline.
As it shrank in size and power many Balkan Muslims migrated to Anatolia along with Circassians
fleeing Russian conquest.
The decline of the Ottoman Empire led to a rise in nationalist sentiment among the various subject peoples.
This led to increased ethnic tensions which occasionally resulted in violence, such as the Hamidian
massacres of Armenians.
During WWI, the Ottoman Empire fought on the side of the Central Powers and was ultimately defeated.
During the war, the government committed ethnic cleansing/genocide against its Armenian, Assyrian
and Pontic Greek citizens.
An estimated 800,000 to 1,500,000 Armenians were killed
After the war, the Empire was divided into several new states.
From 1919-1922 the Turkish War of Independence was fought.
In 1923 the Republic of Turkey was founded.
On 15-16 July 2016, an unsuccessful coup attempted to oust the government
Turkey is one of the poorest nations in Europe and at the same time one
of the most developed in central and west Asia.
The economy has a high deficit.
Turkey has experienced political turmoil caused by the struggle between secular
proponents, urban moderates and rural Islamist forces.
There is tense rivalry between staunch nationalist and radical Islamists.
There is a strong pressure on ethnic minorities to adopt Turkish culture and language.
Over the years Turkey has fought a bitter war with Kurds living in the east
of Turkey who want to gain independence.
Most of the population is Muslim.
Although Turkey is a secular state, Christians face legal discrimination.
There is a deep seated hostility towards Christians; who are identified with foreign
invaders who invaded the Turkish empire during the crusades.
Despite a constitutional guarantee of religious freedom, Christians do not enjoy
freedom of religion in many areas.
In August 2007, Turkey took a step back toward a religiously controlled state
when they elected as president a former proponent of political Islam.
Politicians, police and the growing Islamist movement are hostile to anything Christian.
Foreign missionary activities are considered a national threat and are not given visas.
Evangelical Christians can only meet to worship if they have received official status.
Local officials often refuse to issue licenses to new churches.
Last year, three churches faced legal problems relating to their buildings.
Religious meetings in homes are strongly discouraged in some areas for fear
of Muslim extremists.
The media portrays Christians as foreign government agents and spread
rumors that Christians bribe young people with money and sex.
Christian parents have reported that schools are not allowing them to withdraw
their children from Islamic teaching.
Leaving Islam for Christianity is seen as a disgrace.
There are currently no Kurdish churches.
Turkey remains the largest unreached nation in the world.
Most of the population have never heard the gospel.
Only 15 of Turkeys 80 provinces have a Christian church.
MARTYRS AND SUFFERERS
In 2007 thee Christians (two Turkish, one German) were murdered
at a publishing house in Malatya.
In 2010 there were reports of Christians being arrested and physical assaulted.
On Feb. 12, a Turkish Bible Society bookstore in the city of Adana was vandalized
by Muslim extremists for the second time in a week.
The bookstore had in the past received threats from Muslim extremists.
Two Christians were given heavy fines for 'collecting citizen's information
One Christian had incidents of people throwing things at him, spitting
at him and verbally abusing him for talking about Christ.
He was also interrogated by the police after handing out New Testaments.
Turkish media reported that police had detained two teenagers on suspicion
of plotting to murder a church leader in Istanbul.
Pray that the economy stabilize.
Pray that the political tensions be resolved peacefully.
Pray that ethnic minorities be treated with justice and equality.
Pray for an end to the hostility between the Turkish army and Kurdish separatists.
Pray that the hostility and misconceptions about Christians stop.
Pray for protection for believers who speak out boldly about their faith.
Pray for perseverance for believers from a Muslim background facing pressure
to return to Islam.
Pray for the development of a church which reaches the Kurds.
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I will be praying for them.
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