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

Three years after the attempted coup, the government launched another round of arrests. Eight journalists received court orders to return to prison to complete earlier sentences. Arrest warrants were served for 210 military officers and more than 40 policemen. All are said to have connections to US-based Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who the government claims was the mastermind behind the attempted coup. Pray for all these men and women to turn to the Lord right now, and find Jesus during their trials (The Bible, Leviticus 19:15).

Turkey Targets Media, Army, Police With Latest Coup Purges (Bloomberg)

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

Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man, Kim Yong Chol, was fired from his position as head of the United Front Department. This department oversees North Korea’s ties with South Korea and the USA. It is suggested that he was fired after the most recent summit with US President Trump failed to make a deal on sanctions relief. There appears to have been no contact between these two nations since the last summit. Father, we ask you to keep blowing on these hopeful embers of potential change in North Korea. Pray also that whoever is appointed to this vacant position, will be the right person to move the process forward (The Bible, James 4:8).

Kim's right-hand man sidelined after North Korea-U.S. talks failed (Reuters)