Turkey is a country of 78 million people, with more than 55% of the country under the age of 25. We have a great opportunity to reach a young country with the gospel.
Turkey is a hard place. The original birth-place of the early church and a center of Christianity for over 1000 years, modern-day Turkey has transformed completely. Nearly 97% of the current population is at least nominally Muslim. Only 7000 evangelical Christians remain. Few Muslims living in Turkey have ever heard a thorough or truthful representation of the gospel. In fact, Islam is so ingrained in Turkish life that many people say that to be a Turk is to be a Muslim, and to convert to Christianity is treason. The sad history of the Crusades has cemented a hatred of Christianity that carries all the way to the present. And yet, even in this very hard place, the church is slowly growing. Dedicated supporters of Words of Hope are making it possible to reach out from within the region with both Christian television and radio programs that are connecting people to life-changing good news.
- Pray for fruitful new ways to impact listeners.
- Pray for guidance to expand the Turkish ministry into new areas of the country.
- Pray for courageous leaders in the Turkish government.