A believer working to plant churches in each of Turkey’s 81 provinces reports that three years of work is bearing fruit. A third church began services recently in one of Turkey’s major cities, and the first church planted there has grown from 10 members to nearly 100 in less than three years. The Christian worker also helped plant a church with a group of 20 people recently in a city of 500,000. “I’m really proud of them,” he said. “They are strong in their faith. They are ready to share and they are studying their Bible.” As this front-line worker reaches out to the Turkish people, he meets many young people who have become disillusioned with Islam and are turning to deism, making them more open to the gospel. Pray that new believers will remain grounded in faith as they face pressure from Turkey’s Muslim society and that more churches will be planted throughout the country.
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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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