Day 27

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Turkey

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is in an increasingly tight spot as he looks towards the next elections in 2023. The economic situation in Turkey is rapidly spiraling, with inflation increasing 80 percent each year and the central bank running out of foreign exchange. Erdogan is increasingly strengthening ties with Russia, developing an economic partnership that could bring in $100 billion. Pray that any unholy alliances will be broken. Pray that the Kingdom of God will continue to experience new growth and churches will spring up out of this difficult season Turkey has been in for the last 6 years since the 2016 coup (The Bible, Matthew 19:28-29).

Source: Erdogan and Putin: Complicated Relations With Mutual Benefits (New York Times)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Once the land of Paul’s missionary journeys, Turkey is now predominantly Muslim. In response to a failed coup in 2016, Turkey has continued to clamp down on anyone President Erdogan deems an enemy. Anyone seen to be anti-Erdogan can be arrested or removed from their positions, increasing the atmosphere of state control.  Dozens of long-term Christian missionaries have been deported or refused entrance. Predominantly Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Turkey, numbering about four million – the most in the world. Due to the deteriorating situation, the UN pulled out, and the Turkish government stopped registering refugees and closed camps forcing refugees to find work in the cities or risk being deported. As a result, anti-refugee attitudes have increased in the wider community. The COVID-19 impact has been significant across the nation, both on the health care system and the economy. Interest in the Gospel has also increased significantly in recent years.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Ahmet Davutoğlu
POPULATION
79,414,000
CHRISTIANS
0.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
25
REFUGEES
1,694,838
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.78%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
16.9%

Day 27

SEPTEMBER | 2022

North Korea

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

North Korea has reportedly offered to send 100,000 military personnel as volunteers to join Russia’s war in Ukraine. North Korea has the world’s fourth largest military with around 1.3 million active personnel and 600,000 reserve soldiers. Though this seems a little unlikely, pray that any plans will be stopped. Praise God that He rules and reigns over all nations, including North Korea. Ask God for a new beginning for this nation. Pray that His presence will continue to hover over this nation, encountering many with His supernatural love and power, strength and grace (The Bible, Revelation 22:13).

Source: North Korea offering 100,000 troops to help Russia win Ukrainian war: State media (WION)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

One of the most repressive nations on earth for the past couple of decades, historic meetings between North Korea, South Korea, and USA leaders prompted hope for change, but none have been forthcoming. North Korea spends money on missiles of varying capabilities available to be sold to repressive nations and terrorist groups. Hundreds of thousands of prisoners are held in concentration camps. Experts estimate up to 70,000 of them are Christian Believers. The regime enforces a religion that worships its leaders. Christians face death if found meeting together, even saying the name “Jesus” or possessing a Bible. Believers remain underground but may number as many as 100,000. North Korea has entirely shut its borders to keep out the COVID-19 virus. Intelligence seems to indicate that drought has now resulted in a food shortage of crisis proportions.

CHIEF OF STATE
Kim Jong-un
HEAD OF GOV.
Premier Pak Pong-ju
POPULATION
24,983,000
CHRISTIANS
1.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Non-Religious
PERSECUTION RANKING
1
REFUGEES
Unknown
LIFE EXPECTANCY
70.11 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown