The Turks originated in Turan, a region that lies between the Caspian Sea and the Mongolian Desert. They arrived in Anatolia, Turkey in the eleventh century as conquering warriors, and ruled much of the world as part of the Ottoman empire. The Ottoman empire existed until the birth of the Turkish nation in 1923. Turkey is a secular republic and sits symbolically between the "Christian" West and the Muslim world.
Much effort has been focused on winning individual Turks to follow Jesus away from their families, leading Turkish families and communities to fear and resist exposure to the Gospel.
Pray for a movement of God's blessing through Jesus to multiply through Turkish households.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through the many people witnessing to the Turks. Pray for the Turkish believers to overcome a long history of converting individuals away from their families, and to be effective at engaging their families and communities in discussing Bible stories and experiencing God's blessing.
Pray for the Turks to increasingly hunger to learn more about Isa al Masih (as Jesus is called in the Koran) through a movement of households studying the Bible (which Muslims also believe to be God's Word).
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6