Day 27

DECEMBER | 2022

Turkey

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

For many years Turkey has hosted more refugees than any other nation in the world. But this situation is not seen as sustainable for Turkey resulting in a government crackdown on refugees and foreigners in general. In 2022 more than 45,000 Afghan refugees were deported back to Afghanistan, and Syrian refugees are finding their options dwindling. Even international missionaries are finding that their visas are not being renewed as each region of Turkey has been asked to reduce the number of foreigners living there. Pray for a way through this current crisis that brings life for Turkey and the refugees and expatriates that live there (The Bible, Philippians 3:20).

Source: Why EU can’t count on Turkey to protect asylum seekers (EU Observer). and Christian workers in the region

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Once the land of Paul’s missionary journeys, Turkey is now predominantly Muslim. Following a failed coup in 2016, President Erdogan embarked on an ongoing campaign to irradicate anyone deemed to oppose his regime, increasing the atmosphere of state control over the last 6 years.  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 healthcare 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

DECEMBER | 2022

North Korea

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russia has been strengthening its relations with China and North Korea. In particular, North Korea and Russia appear to be actively assisting one another to circumvent international sanctions they both face. Pray for a dismantling of these unholy alliances. Ask the Sovereign God to overrule agreements made between these nations. Speak out over these nations that the Lord shakes all things that can be shaken, in order to turn hard hearts towards Himself. Pray for the salvation of these leaders. Pray for Christian Believers in North Korea to experience supernatural joy and faith this Christmas (The Bible, 1 Timothy 4:10).

Source: Russia and North Korea are partners in sanctions-busting crime (East Asia Forum)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

North Korea is a one-party state led by a dynastic totalitarian dictatorship, one of the most repressive nations on earth, led by supreme leader Kim, Jong-Un. 2019 historic meetings between North Korean, South Korea, and USA leaders prompted hope for change, but none have been forthcoming. 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. This year, reports that Open Doors say are from a credible source, told of the execution of several dozen Christians. Believers remain underground but may number as many as 100,000. North Korea entirely shut its borders during the years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Intelligence indicates this border closure, drought, and Covid-19 breakouts have resulted in a food shortage of crisis proportions, however offers of international assistance have so far been turned down.

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
2
REFUGEES
Unknown
LIFE EXPECTANCY
70.11 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown