Turkey

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As we welcomed a new granddaughter recently, our hearts also ached for these children born as refugees. May this gift, however small, alleviate some hungry cries. We continue to pray for peace.

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— Kathleen C., PA

Top 5 People Groups

Turk: 55,231,000

Kurmanji Kurd: 8,445,000

Turkish-speaking Kurd: 5,979,000

Zaza-Dimli: 1,215,000

Lebanese Arab: 1,192,000

Religion

Muslim: 96.5%

Non-Religious: 3.1%

Christian: 0.4%

Evangelical: 0.0%

Reference:

Operation World

CIA Factbook

Joshua Project

Wikipedia

About Turkey

Straddling Europe and Asia, Turkey´s strategic position has helped shape the political dynamics of the region throughout much of human history. The Republic of Turkey borders eight countries, with the Black Sea to the north, the Aegean Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The Bosphorus Strait and the Dardanelles are vital sea links controlled by Turkey.

The Turkish Ottoman Empire once extended across North Africa, Arabia, Southeast Europe, and Western Asia. Its gradual fragmentation and loss of military might began in the 1800s, and the empire totally collapsed at the end of World War I. Allied soldiers occupied the ancient city of Constantinople (now Istanbul) and other parts of the area, giving rise to a nationalist movement and the birth of modern Turkey as a republic in 1923.

With a population of some 76 million people, 72 percent are Turks. Another 21 percent (many which are Kurds) are Indo-Iranian peoples. Longstanding strife between the Turks and Kurdish separatists has led to 30,000 deaths and the destruction of thousands of villages in the southeast. Tensions eased after legal reforms in 2002 improved Kurdish living conditions.

Although Turkey is a secular, democratic government whose constitution is intended to uphold religious freedom, persecution of Christians is on the increase in this nation that is 97 percent Muslim. Presently there are an estimated 120,000 people, less than 0.2 percent of the population, representing different Christian denominations. The Eastern Orthodox Church has been based in Istanbul since the 4th century.

Recent Prayerline Posts

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Refugee Needs Greater than Ever in Turkey

November 16, 2017 - Her husband imprisoned amid Syria’s civil war, Haya left everything behind when she and her children fled to Turkey four years ago and set up home in a dilapidated house with an outdoor toilet. Then last month neighbors set it on fire. Read more.

Syrian Refugees Hope in Christ as Nightmare Deepens

October 19, 2017 - A 6-year-old Syrian refugee girl saw that her mother was desperate to feed her family. Then she saw a man in a white robe like "the prophet Jesus." Read more.

Syrian Refugees' Tent Camp Is Destroyed

August 3, 2017 - First Turkish authorities said they would give thousands of refugees a month to move out of a makeshift tent camp. The next day, they didn't give them even five minutes. Read more.

Refugee Kids in Turkey Get Break from Nightmare

July 20, 2017 - Some Syrian schoolchildren haven't been to school in six years. They need a recess from refugee life. Read more.

Illness, Disabilities Mount among Syrian Refugees

July 7, 2017 - A 3-year-old boy from Syria who was born in a makeshift refugee camp in Turkey does not walk or talk. An indigenous missionary seeks to bring a little light. Read more.

Behind Desperate Pleas in Syria, Broken Families

June 8, 2017 - They have lost everything – home, health, business, homeland – and now Syrian refugees are also losing their children. Read more.

Christians in Turkey Faithful amid Dangers

March 23, 2017 - A pastor in Turkey sometimes doubted whether anyone was paying attention to his online sermons. Then the Lord intervened directly. Read more.

Refugee Mothers from Syria Fight to Save Families

February 2, 2017 - Christian workers in Turkey say that no matter how sharply Syrian refugee mothers may be suffering, they first ask for help for their children – if they still have their children. Read more.

God Shows His Hand in Gospel-Resistant Turkey

January 19, 2017 - Having set out on Christmas Day to visit friends, a young Muslim woman never met up with them and could not explain how or why she had ended up at a church event. Read more.

Syrian Refugees in Turkey Growing More Desperate

November 23, 2016 - Syrian refugees in Turkey are despondent, hopeless and hungry as winter comes on after more than five years of war – putting more pressure on indigenous ministries to provide more food, warmth and gospel hope. Read more.

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