Day 27

Turkey, SE Europe and SW Asia
Population: 79,414,000
Chief of State: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
Christians: 0.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 26th
Life Expectancy: 73.55 Years
Literacy Rate: 98.78%
Population Below Poverty Line: 16.9%
Refugees Living in Turkey: 1,694,838

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When police raided a smuggling operation in Kayapınar near the Syrian border, they discovered one of the items was an ancient portion of the Bible. Believed to be 1200 years old, the 34 page Bible is made of leather with gold lettering. It was delivered to a local university for examination by archaeologists. This reminds us again that Turkey was home to the very early Church. Today we declare with faith that Turkey will once again be the home to a thriving and growing Christian Church (The Bible, Acts 19:1-5).

1,200-year-old Bible reportedly recovered from smugglers in Turkey (Fox News)

North Korea, East Asia
Population: 24,983,000
Chief of State: Kim Jong-un
Head of Gov.: Premier Pak Pong-ju
Christians: 1.5%
Evangelical Christians: 1.0%
Dominant Religion: Non-Religious
Persecution Ranking: 1st
Life Expectancy: 70.11 Years
Literacy Rate: 99%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in North Korea: Unknown

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There is evidence that North Korea is feeling the pressure of the US-led sanctions. The sanctions may force the North Korean government to continue negotiations. However, there is evidence that the regime is finding ways around the sanctions. The Japanese navy spotted a North Korean oil tanker receiving oil off the shore close to Shanghai. Pray that ongoing negotiations between North Korea and the United States result in good for everyone involved especially mistreated Christians. Continue to pray fervently for Christians in North Korea who are suffering terribly. North Korea is still ranked the number one persecutor of Christians in the world (The Bible, 2 Timothy 2:1).

Is North Korea’s economy feeling heat from the United States? (South China Morning Post)