|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan|
Turkey: Consequences For Converts.
A combination of nationalism and Islam dominate society. While the government doesn’t persecute Christians directly, it enforces a culture that does. Converting is not illegal, but does have consequences. New believers can be forced into divorce and may lose their inheritance. New believers often practise their faith in secret.
Ottoman Invasion And The Church.
Turkey was largely a Christian state until the invasion of the Ottoman Turks in the 15th Century. As a result of this invasion, the country fell under Muslim leadership. Since then, Turkey has gone back and forth between being a secular and Islamic nation.
A person’s religion must be displayed on their passport and ID cards. This makes it impossible for new Christians to hide. Training church leaders legally is impossible. The Turkish secret service regularly monitors church services. However, they have been known to protect churches receiving threats from the Islamic State.
Pray for the church to have great hope in Jesus, despite growing Islamic extremism.
Pray for persecuted believers, that their faithfulness will lead many to Christ.
Pray for Muslims and Christians to build bridges of friendship with one another.