Blocking foreigners from entry into the country is a way of depriving Christian churches of educated leaders. Turkey strictly regulates religious education in the country, which has led to the closure of the historic Greek Orthodox Halki seminary.
‚ÄúThe service and support of foreign pastors and lay persons [is] crucial,‚ÄĚ said USCIRF chair Tony Perkins. ‚ÄúThe Turkish government should end these expulsions and allow Christians to train and educate their future religious leaders.‚ÄĚ
While many foreigners have not been given a reason for why their visas were canceled or denied, World Watch Monitor reported that some were informed they, like Brunson, are considered a threat to national security....
The work of God and Jesus continues by the Grace of God.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;"
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."
SA, has picked a very good article on the situation of Christians in Turkey. It is an important read on our erstwhile ally Turkey
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In 2019, at least 23 expatriate Christians received an entry ban or were otherwise forced to leave the country with their families. This is a huge blow for Turkish church groups because many have been involved with the church for many years. Christians fear that this wave of expulsions of expatriates is a prelude for more restrictions for the local Turkish church.
Several churches in Istanbul reported incidents of hate speech as vandals spray painted hate message in English and Arabic on their buildings.
Some Christians received death threats, while others were harassed in the street. Believers involved in street evangelism are especially at risk....