Evangelical believers in Turkey number only in the thousands in this highly Gospel-resistant, Islamic country of more than 80 million.
A group of Turkish believers who produce Christian literature ask for prayer as they operate in a tense climate for believers. After nine years of publishing a theological magazine, they commented,
“We are still able to do our job in this dark atmosphere.”
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
A reader, Tolga, wrote to tell the group the difference the magazine made in his life. Tolga lived a life of crime and drugs growing up and was constantly in and out of jail. In prison, he heard about “missionaries” who spy on Turkish people, and it made him curious. One day he covered his face and secretly entered a church to obtain a Bible. In 2018, he subscribed to the Christian magazine to help him understand the Christian faith more fully; now he belongs to Christ and is saved. The believers who create the Christian magazine ask for prayer that they will be able to continue producing it. They also plan to produce content for the growing number of those living in Turkey who speak Persian.
“Pray that the hearts of the people we reach would be open to the Lord,” they wrote. “Our aim is only to serve the Gospel.”
Let us pray.
- Praise God for the continued opportunity to produce and distribute Christian literature; may the impact be significant and far-reaching. Pray for quality content.
- Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage the church in Turkey. Pray for boldness in their witness for the Gospel.
- Pray for children and adolescent Christians in Turkey who often feel isolated and ostracised for their faith.