Urgent Prayer Needed for Turkey
This comes from one of the Christian leaders in Turkey who asks our prayers for the current upheaval going on in the country with many thousands protesting against the Islamist-oriented government. Let's pray for God's will to be done and His purposes accomplished in what has been called the "most unreached" nation in the world for the Gospel of Christ:
"We wanted to let you know about the recent events in Turkey and ask you to join us in prayer. The protests are still going on in 78 cities with different intensity. The hardest ones are in Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara. The protest is against the intolerance and dictatorship of the government. The people who are protesting want the government to respect their rights, instead of keeping to change the laws to control their lives. There has never been such a protest before in Turkey. The protestants are mainly college students and elderly people. They just sit, walk, sing, and talk. There is no violence or resistance on their side when the police beat them up to arrest them. They even clean the mess and bad graffiti about the prime minister's [residence] every morning until 4:00 PM! It's amazing! People just want to be free from the dictatorship of the government and live in real democracy, not on paper, and they do it with a very civilized and loving attitude. They even serve food and drink to the police who are attacking them with gas bombs, water tanks, etc.
"We were hoping that people would not die, but one person was killed by the police in Ankara and another in Antakya during protests. The prime minister started to threaten indirectly by saying that he has been holding 50% of his people not to get involved and do something against the protestants. He'll probably announce what he will do on Saturday and if he releases that 50% on the protestants , a civil war will start and many people will die. Please, pray with us (and even fast if you can) that God will resolve it before many people die. May His will be done and may we, believers be ready to be used by Him as He works in His sovereign ways. Thank you so much for your prayers!"
Chairman, International Prayer Council
International Facilitator, World Prayer Assembly 2012www.ipcprayer.org