Local officials want to find a way to legally remove a church in Turkey.
Local officials want to find a way to legally remove a church in Turkey.
Nov 28, 2019 • Turkey

Officials Threaten Legal Action Against Church

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.

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