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Turkey

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Population

85M+

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION STATUS

high
Persecution

CHRISTIAN POPULATION

<1%

Status of the church

Turkey currently has an estimated population of 85 million, of which 99.5% are Muslim and 0.2% Christian; the Christian population is approximately 171,000. The country has 200 registered churches today (Middle East Concern). The Armenian and Syrian churches make up the majority of congregations. Proselytizing is legal in Turkey but is viewed as socially unacceptable and dangerous, and there have been reports of vandalism of churches and attacks on new believers. Religion is noted on state-issued identity cards, which can foster increased persecution against Christians.

Christians face restrictions on owning property, training leaders, and obtaining visas for foreign workers. In 2015, the government granted permission for a new church building, the first in 90 years. Christians also endure societal opposition, threats, vandalism of church buildings, and discrimination in employment.

Turkey is a multicultural, multi-ethnic country that has seen much civil and political unrest amongst ethnic minorities. The Kurds of south-eastern Turkey have campaigned for several years for greater autonomy and political representation. The conflict in neighboring Syria has worsened sectarian divisions.

SAT-7 TÜRK, which began broadcasting in 2015, is the first and only Christian channel allowed to broadcast on the government-regulated satellite Türksat. SAT-7 TÜRK is available to over 50 million people on satellite television and anyone with Internet access (over 70% of the population) (CIA World Factbook).

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Prayer points

  • Pray for the acceptance of Christianity and believers in Turkey.
  • Pray for peaceful solutions to the disputes between the Turkish government, the Kurds, and the Cypriots.
  • Pray that the government will afford better rights and protections to members of all religious minorities.

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— Turkey
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