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).