Islamic religious classes have been compulsory in Turkish schools since the 1980s, though people of other faiths can be exempt from attending. Turkey’s Constitutional Court recently ruled that these compulsory classes violate human rights and religious freedoms. Local courts have to abide by this decision, so pray that there will be a flow-on effect of this ruling. Pray that fears around exploring other religious faiths will diminish as a result. Pray that Christians in Turkey will experience the power of God resting on them as they speak out about choosing to follow Jesus (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 12:9).
Open Doors says reliable contacts have reported that an underground church of several dozen people in North Korea was discovered and all its members were executed. On top of that, about 100 people of the church members’ families have been arrested and sent to political camps. Pray these people may be sustained; may they be strengthened in their bodies and minds. May they come to know Jesus Christ as real and present in their suffering. May the groans of the prisoners come before You; with Your strong and powerful arm preserve those condemned to die (The Bible, Psalm 79:11).