A church in Turkey that has been looking for a worship space for two and a half years has finally found one. While the cost of renting a large space was one obstacle, the main challenge was finding a building owner willing to rent to a church. “We have tried many times to rent a place,” the pastor said, “but on each occasion … the owner turned back from renting to us.” The building God provided is an ideal size and location for sharing the gospel, and the church obtained it despite seemingly insurmountable challenges. “Once again we are able to see that through prayer, every spiritual barrier is destroyed,” the pastor said. Pray that the church will have the financial resources to pay a year’s rent and that the building will soon be ready for use.
Christians Find Place to Worship After Two-Year Search
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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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