(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear brothers and sisters, we all remember that precious day, by the Grace of God, when our dear brother Andrew Brunson, was released and reunited with his precious wife, Norine. Such a joyous victory and how grateful we are to our glorious and faithful Father. For 2 years, we faithfully prayed with full expectation for our brother unto his freedom. I still remember how Blane Scogin, leader of Persecution Watch, who was led by the Holy Spirit to encourage us to continue praying without ceasing until Pastor Andrew would be free. Our God who reigns from heaven is an awesome with wisdom, power and love. Yes our God is an awesome God!
Voice of the Persecuted shared a report of Andrew Brunson speaking to MEP’s about his life as a pastor in Turkey for 25 years, “twenty-three by choice, two by force in the prisons”. All those years, Brunson told the Turkish people about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Though he and his wife suffered in Turkey, Andrew said they still loved the Turkish people and have no regrets they went there and did the work that made him a target for persecution. “It wasn’t a job for me. I fully believe in what we did, and I don’t try to hide that my call is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. I believe He is the only way of salvation and I don’t apologize for saying that. We spent 25 years in Turkey not to undermine the system in any way but to bring God’s offer of eternal life.”
Turkey has a large unreached people group who have never heard the Gospel of Christ. Brunson’s imprisonment has changed that. During his incarceration, Brunson was told about the unprecedented prayer movement taking place on his behalf. He said he didn’t feel worthy of it, but certainly needed prayer and was very grateful. As basically an unknown, he wondered why millions of people were praying for him. He concluded that God was using this with intentions to pour prayer into Turkey.
“I rode a wave of prayer out of Turkey but…there was a tsunami of prayer that crashed into Turkey that is going to bring great blessing to that country…God was using my imprisonment for good in that way.”
A letter written by Turkish Christians around 2011 asked for the global church to pray for them. The request also recalled the brutal attack on 3 Christian men who were murdered for their faith in Malatya, Turkey in 2007. The victims had their hands and feet tied and their throats slit. The attack was considered one of the most vicious on Christians in Turkey at that time. Click hear to watch a video report of the news story.
“From the body of Christ in Turkey, to our holy and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are writing to you from Turkey – from the land of Noah, of Abraham, of Paul, of Mt. Ararat and Harran, of Antioch, Ephesus, Galatia and the Seven Churches of Revelation……
Yet today in our land of 72 million, which is 99.8% Muslim, the size of Christ’s flock is only a handful. We are writing to ask, indeed, to plead for your prayers.
As Turkish Christians we love our country very much. Pray for God’s will to be done, and for His Kingdom to come!
Pray that the Lord’s hand will be with us and a great number of people will believe and turn to the Lord.
We, the church in Turkey, have invited the worldwide church to pray for the land and the church of Turkey. We ask you at your church to pray for us…
We are praying for you, and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding and we beg you brothers.
Pray for us! The God of peace be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 1: 11 “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many..
These are a few points to help direct your prayers for Turkey. Please feel free to pray for any other points you feel led to pray for.
1- Please pray for the blessing and peace of Turkey in general, as the Lord desires us to bless and be a blessing to all.
“By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted….” Proverbs 11:11
2- Pray the Lord will display His love and mercy to the people of Turkey by pouring out His Holy Spirit upon our land, revealing His glory through healings, signs and wonders.
3- Pray the Lord breaks down the lies and the endless disinformation about Christ, the Bible and Christians that has blinded and hardened hearts in our land. Pray that God redeems the negative memories of history.
“Of course, we are living in the flesh, but we do not fight in a fleshly way. For the weapons of our warfare are not those of the flesh. Instead, they have the power of God to demolish fortresses. We tear down arguments and every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive in order to obey Christ..” 2 Co. 10:3-5
4- Pray that hearts and eyes are opened to see Jesus as the way, the truth and the life.
5- Pray for the Turkish believers who are always on the frontline to walk close to the Lord. Pray for refreshing, emboldening, strengthening, protection and encouragement.
6- Pray for more servant hearted leaders. For good role models. For faithful laborers.
7- Pray for the ongoing unity amongst the churches and for its increase and deepening.
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus that together you may, with one voice, glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5,6
Thank you for your prayers. May the Lord’s hand be upon you always.
We also encourage you to watch this prayer video.
Tonight, we welcome you on the Prayer Conference Call, as the Lord leads.
Pray for the Church in Turkey, for Andrew Brunson, for God is not done with him and his wife Norine yet, and for those who are lost. Call details below
In Christ Love,
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin has led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also serves as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ.