TURKEY

Since the failed coup of July 2016, the level of intolerance against those not siding with Erdogan is intensifying

Turkey

World Watch List Rank World Watch List Score
26 66/100
Leader Population
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 81.9 million | 194,000 Christians
Main Religion Government
Islam Parliamentary Republic
WWL Rank in 2018 Persecution Level
31 Very High Persecution

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.

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors is raising prayer for believers in difficult situations, and prayer in general for Turkey.

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PRAYER POINTS FOR TURKEY

  • Ask God to enable those experiencing persecution to place their hope and trust in Him
  • For grace and wisdom for converts from a Muslim background in dealing with their families
  • For perseverance for those who are labelled and treated as traitors after embracing the Christian faith.
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