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

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Pastor Andrew Brunson was arrested in 2016 in a government crackdown following a failed coup bid. The case against Mr. Brunson, held on terrorism charges, has triggered a full-blown diplomatic dispute between Washington and Ankara with no end in sight. Mr. Brunson’s lawyer has said that if he is not released through pursuing his case through Turkey’s domestic courts, he will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Praise God that Pastor Brunson has been released. Pray also for no further repercussions for other pastors, expatriate or Turkish, nor any other Christian worker in Turkey (The Bible, 1 Peter 2:17).

US pastor held in Turkey prepared to go to European court: lawyer (Al Jazeera)

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

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North and South Korea have opened their first liaison office near the border in order to facilitate better communication and exchanges between the leaders of the two nations. The office is the first of its kind since the Koreas were divided at the end of World War II. South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said, “We’ll sit face to face, exchange our thoughts fast and accurately and put our heads together to resolve difficult matters.” Pray for protection over this office. Ask God to send His angels to stand around it. Pray that all positive steps taken forward between these nations will experience God’s favor and blessing (The Bible, Exodus 23:20).

Koreas open 1st liaison office for better communication (AP)