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Turkey

RegionMiddle East
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population81,917,000
Christian Population194,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentParliamentary Republic
LeaderPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Score66/100

Turkey

In Turkey, Islam and strong nationalism coexist, making it hard for Christians to proclaim the gospel. Though converting to Christianity is not illegal in Turkey, it is widely considered as unacceptable. Christians often feel pressured to stay silent and hide their faith.

For Christians who cannot share their faith with their family, they’re often too afraid to meet up with fellow believers, and become isolated. Outspoken believers can face discrimination in their workplace and in the legal system. They are viewed as second-class citizens and are closely watched by their family and community. They may even be placed under house arrest.

Some Christians are also falsely accused of crimes they didn’t commit. Whilst the marginalisation of Christians looks to be increasing in Turkey, the church remains faithful and is growing stronger each day.

Story

“I am a Christian and we know there is persecution for us.” – Esther, from Iran and living as a refugee in Turkey.

Esther and her family fled to Turkey after being threatened with imprisonment in Iran because of their faith in Jesus. But life as a refugee in Turkey has been difficult. It’s tough to find work and they’re often marginalised and treated as second-class citizens.

Pray for Turkey

Pray for God’s provision for Christian refugees living in Turkey.

Pray the church continues to remain strong even if persecution, nationalism and extremism increase.

Pray that the faithfulness of persecuted believers will lead their families to the love of Christ.

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