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Day 27

Turkey, SE Europe and SW Asia
Population: 79,414,000
Chief of State: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
Christians: 0.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 31st
Life Expectancy: 73.55 Years
Literacy Rate: 98.78%
Population Below Poverty Line: 16.9%
Refugees Living in Turkey: 1,694,838

Pray for Turkey - facebook page

The American pastor of an international church in Turkey, Andrew Brunson, was arrested in October 2016 on charges of espionage and terrorism. He was accused of having links to the outlawed Kurdish PKK militant group and U.S.-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, accused of orchestrating a failed military coup in Turkey in 2016. In April 2018 his court case finally began. The second hearing took place in May and the third hearing is set for July 18. Witnesses against Pastor Brunson appeared in both hearings via video link, with their faces blurred and their voices altered. Witnesses for Pastor Brunson were dismissed without being heard. Pray for a fair trial. Pray for the immediate and unconditional release of Pastor Brunson (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1).

ANDREW BRUNSON: ‘THESE CLAIMS ARE SHAMEFUL AND DISGUSTING’–U.S. PASTOR’S TRIAL IN TURKEY CONTINUES (Open Doors)

North Korea, East Asia
Population: 24,983,000
Chief of State: Kim Jong-un
Head of Gov.: Premier Pak Pong-ju
Christians: 1.5%
Evangelical Christians: 1.0%
Dominant Religion: Non-Religious
Persecution Ranking: 1st
Life Expectancy: 70.11 Years
Literacy Rate: 99%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in North Korea: Unknown

Pray for North Korea - facebook page

Praise God for the release of three Americans, all of Korean descent, from North Korean prisons in May. Kim Dong-chul, arrested in 2016, is a pastor in his early 60s while Kim Hak-song, who previously described himself as a Christian missionary was jailed in October 2017. The third man, Kim Sang-duk, was arrested in 2017. Let us continue to pray for the 50,000 North Korean Christians in prisons and work camps. Pray for the 300,000 North Korean Christians who practice their faith under threat of harassment, imprisonment and even death (The Bible, Matthew 5:10).

3 AMERICANS FREED FROM NORTH KOREA (Open Doors)

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