A newly opened church in Turkey is facing potential legal problems. After years of prayer and searching, church leaders finally found a suitable building with an owner willing to rent to them. They began holding services, and the congregation gradually began to grow week by week. Then, the police began calling the pastor asking for information, and recently district officials questioned him for two hours. The officials told the pastor they were uncomfortable with the presence of the church and that they would examine the law concerning religious organizations. If they found any problems, they told him, they would begin legal proceedings against the church. The pastor used the two-hour interview to share his testimony with them. “I am praying the local officials will not react to an unfamiliar situation,” the pastor wrote, “but that their thoughts will be changed through this conversation.” Pray for an improved relationship between the church and government officials.
Officials Threaten Legal Action Against Church
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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