Turkey is a geographic and cultural "link" between Asia and the West, so it doesn't fall neatly into either category. The typical Turk lives a secularized, modern urban life, with all the materialistic advantages that go with it. Many rural Turks twist their form of Islam to include belief that men have the power to curse others by giving them the "evil eye." They believe one is protected against this look by wearing blue beads, which the evil eye cannot face. Another way to avoid this is to spit in a fire and pray to Allah.
Both Islam and traditional beliefs keep Turks from considering the amazing claims of Jesus Christ.
Turks have a high literacy rate, so people can send them Bibles and Scripture portions in the mail. Radio broadcasts are also effective.
"I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!" Psalm 27:13-14
Pray for many leaders from today’s people group to put their confidence in the goodness of God and wait faithfully for His deliverance.
Ask God to give Turkish believers boldness and love to share Christ with their own people. Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Turks who would lead them in a Disciple Making Movement. Pray that many Turks living abroad would be reached with the gospel and would take it back to Turkey.
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|