Once a month, here at Eurasia Community, we like to highlight current events taking place in Eurasia—things that you may not have heard about on the news, but that will help you understand what life is like for indigenous peoples and our workers on the ground in Eurasia.
This month is a little different.
Because you’ve probably heard, by now, about American pastor Andrew Brunson, and how he was imprisoned two years ago on charges of espionage.
You’ve probably heard about the sanctions the US has imposed on Turkey in an attempt to pressure them into releasing him.
And you may have even heard of how that’s affecting Turkey’s economy. As the Turkish lira becomes worth increasingly less, the economic crisis is causing even more upheaval in a country already disrupted by the Syrian civil war and influx of refugees.
It’s clearly a critical time for Turkey.
But what you probably aren’t reading in the news is how this upheaval is affecting the spiritual climate of Turkey. According to one of our workers from Central Euraisa, “all of this unrest has actually caused some Turks to reexamine their foundational assumptions and has caused more open conversations about the Gospel than we have ever seen.”
Now, this is far from the revival we’d love to see in this country; Turkey remains one of the least evangelized nations in the world. But it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Please continue to pray for the people of Turkey.
Pray for their hearts to be opened to the truth of the Gospel, and pray for our workers to have open doors to share Jesus with them.
Thanks for praying, and thanks, as always for being a part of this community. We couldn’t do this without you.