Turkey (MNN) — Final weeks NATO conferences left Turkey out within the chilly. Turkeys Protection Minister instructed reporters, We have been left alone within the combat in opposition to terror. His feedback got here after NATO allies refused to designate Syrian Kurds as terrorists, beforehand a sticking level for Turkeys cooperation.
Tensions between Turkey and its NATO allies have been simmering since October. In response to AMG Worldwides Tasos Ioannidis*, battle with the West is one purpose behind Turkeys rising Islamization.
For a few years he was attempting to return nearer to the European Union and since not sufficient progress has been made… The Turks have form of change into disenchanted with the Europeans, and that has additionally contributed to the hate for the Western individuals and for European individuals, Ioannidis says.
On high of rising frustrations with the European Union, Turkey has acted as a funnel for fleeing refugees within the area. The nation has over 3.5 million refugees inside its borders.
Turkey has tried to pressure the hand of the European Union with threats of permitting refugees to safe journeys to Europe if the European Union doesn’t present Turkeys financial requests. For sure, this places a pressure on relationships.
Challenges in Turkey
Ioannidis describes extra elements making life tough for believers in Turkey. For the reason that 2016 coup try, the nation has change into extra restrictive and paranoid. AMG is experiencing challenges with its work within the county.
For the reason that starting of the yr, we now have at the least six people which have been deported or have been banned from re-entry into Turkey, Ioannidis says.
AMG primarily makes use of media to proclaim the Gospel message in Turkey. Ioannidis says there’s a small however rising Christian inhabitants throughout the Muslim-majority nation. AMG prays these believers will stay steadfast of their religion and proceed to inform others the excellent news of Christ.
Would you are taking a second proper now to hope for Turkey, too?
If historical past teaches us something, its that each time [theres been] rising persecution of Christians in closed societies like that, God has responded many instances with phenomenal and sudden development of the native church.
Ask God to strengthen native believers. Pray for his or her boldness in Christ regardless of rising issues for his or her keep in Turkey. Ask God to guard believers in Turkey and to assist them proceed the work he has entrusted them to do.
Pray God makes use of the Church in Turkey to advance the Gospel in unprecedented methods so all within the nation will hear the message of the cross. Lastly, pray alternatives will proceed to open for AMG to make use of media in all of its varied types to proclaim the Gospel.
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