Five years ago, an attempted coup resulted in the deaths of 251 people, more than 2000 wounded, and 150,000 public officials dismissed from their jobs. Almost 300,000 people have been arrested in the five years following, and arrests continue to this day. Last month 229 soldiers and military cadets were arrested. Many who have been found innocent were not given back their jobs. In this uncertain environment, many Turks are increasingly open to the Gospel. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters in Turkey, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:58).
The best evidence seems to indicate that North Korea has managed to keep the COVID-19 virus out by closing its borders and keeping them tightly closed for the last 18 months. However, the cost is great. Economic disaster looms, food shortages are increasing, and with no COVID-19 vaccinations at all, the nation is facing hard times in epic proportions. In our prayers today we raise up a battle cry for the people of North Korea. Have mercy, Lord, have mercy. May Christian Believers in this nation sense the Lord’s ever-present help in their time of need. We contend for change to come in North Korea, in Jesus’ Mighty Name (The Bible, Psalm 46:1).