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

Pray for Turkey - facebook page

Once Paul’s missionary journey land, Turkey is now predominantly Muslim. The secular Turkish government has violently battled for years with its minority population, the Kurds. In response to a failed coup in 2016, Turkey has continued to clamp down on anyone President Erdogan deems an enemy. This included American pastor, Andrew Brunson, whose court case was finally resolved resulting in his release after 2 years in prison. Refugees, predominantly Syrian, have overwhelmed Turkey, now numbering about four million - the most in the world. This year Turkey finally ran out of patience with the refugee crisis and will no longer register refugees. It began closing down camps and forcing the refugees to find work in the cities or risk being deported.

Praise Report
Praise God that Christians in Turkey report a sharp increase in interest in the Gospel since the 2016 coup shook many people’s faith (The Bible, Psalm 16:8).

Prayer Requests
Pray for the Church in Turkey to grow in number, and ask God for strong discipleship to produce strong Christian faith and bold witness (The Bible, Hebrews 4:12).
Pray for Christian ministry among the millions of refugees from Syria and other parts of the Middle East and Africa to bear fruit (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:8-9).

Call to Salvation
Pray for all those who are seeking spiritual truth right now to take the final step to follow Jesus. Pray for a mighty revival to sweep Turkey (The Bible, Psalm 85:6).

Sources: WIN
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

Pray for North Korea - facebook page

The most repressive nation on earth for the past 15 years, news of historic meetings between North Korea, South Korea and USA leaders have dominated the last year, prompting hope for changes to come. North Korea spends money on missiles of varying capabilities available to be sold to repressive nations and terrorist groups. Meanwhile, the nation starves. Hundreds of thousands of prisoners are held in concentration camps. Experts estimate up to 70,000 of them are Christian Believers. The regime enforces a religion that worships its leader. Christians face death if found meeting together, even saying the name “Jesus” or possessing a Bible. Believers remain underground, but may number as many as 100,000.

Praise Report
Praise God for the ministries who broadcast Christian messages of hope and encouragement into North Korea. Pray that many will tune in (The Bible, 1 Peter 1:3).

Prayer Requests
Pray that the historic meetings between North Korean, South Korean and US leaders will continue to move forward and bear fruit in the years to come. (The Bible, Micah 2:13).
Pray for the 50,000 North Korean Christians who are serving sentences in prisons and labor camps said to be among the world’s most horrendous conditions (The Bible, Proverbs 30:5).

Call to Salvation
We know that Jesus is the only hope. Pray that many will hear about Jesus as their only hope and be saved (The Bible, Psalm 33:22).

Sources: WIN