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On Him We Have Set Our Hope

September 2022

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. (2 Corinthians 1:8-11 ESV)

Despite the fact that Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country (99%), it is home to many locations mentioned in the New Testament. Each of the seven churches of Revelation are located in Turkey. Ephesus, where the Apostle John is believed to have spent the latter years of his life, is thought to be the place from which he wrote his Gospel. Eastern Turkey is also home to the city of Antakya (Antioch), a significant center of early Christianity. Central Turkey and the regions of Cappadocia and Galatia were the destination of many of Paul’s journeys and letters.

Today the remains of once glorious structures of Greek, Byzantine, Armenian, Georgian, and Syrian churches can still be found throughout the country, though most are abandoned or unused. Meanwhile, the modern Protestant movement is still in its infancy. Within a population of 85,4 million, Turkey’s evangelical believing population is estimated to be around 5,500, making Turkey percentage-wise the most unreached country in the world. During this month, we encourage you to join us: learn more about the peoples of Turkey and intentionally pray for them daily. We ask that you help us through prayer so that as God works among the peoples of Turkey, many around the world will give thanks for the blessings that he is granting through the prayers of his people.