The Nation of Turkey

turkey2Turkey

  • 779,452 square kilometres
  • Straddles two continents – Europe and Asia
  • Controls two vital sea links between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea
  • Politically very important throughout history due to location

Prayer Challenges

  • The society – secular yet Muslim
  • Membership in the EU (European Union) as this will bring many reforms and more religious freedom
  • Most Muslims have never heard the Gospel – pray that the message would spread and more messengers would be working in Turkey
  • Courage amid persecution
  • Leadership development and Bible training
  • Reaching the younger generation as 60% of the population is 20 years old or younger
  • The Romani – Roma – Gypsy people numbering almost 1,000,000
  • Church growth (stopped in 2006)
  • Seminary and Bible School being formed in Istanbul
  • Internet evangelism

Republic of Turkey

  • Istanbul – 10.5 million (largest city)
  • Antalya
  • Ankara (Capital city)

turkey4Population

  • 2010 – 75,705,000
  • 2020 – 83,875,000
  • 2030 – 90,400,000
  • 70% live in cities
  • Population under 15 years old – 27%
  • Life expectancy – 71.7 years

Peoples

  • Turkish peoples – 72% A central Asian people who conquered and absorbed the indigenous people
  • Iranian-Median – 21% mainly Kurds
  • Arab – 2.5%
  • Eurasian people – 3% including Armenians and Greeks
  • Others – 2% Jews, Africans, South Americans

Languages

  • Turkish is official language
  • Total languages spoken – 45
  • Indigenous languages – 34

Literacy is 88.3%

  • 10 languages with complete Bible
  • 7 languages with the New Testament
  • 12 languages with portions of Scripture
  • Agricultural – 1/3 of work force
  • Industrializing more and more
  • Strong tourism industry
  • Private sector economy is growing
  • High inflation
  • Rising unemployment – youth
  • 16th largest economy in the world
  • One of Europe’s poorer nations
  • Richest of the Turkic nations
  • Trying to join the EU
  • Income of an average person is $10,479 annually
  • 22% of the average income in the United States
  • For over 1,000 years the region was a stronghold for the Christian faith
  • Turkey’s Ottoman Empire was guardian of the holy places of Islam (Muslim) for centuries
  • In 1920’s Turkey became a secular state
  • Many Christians under persecution and death threats
    • Religious freedom guaranteed by the constitution but…

Religious Percentages

  • Muslim – 96%
  • Non-religious – 3%
  • Christian – 0.21% (of all kinds)
  • Other – 0.03%
  • Jewish – 0.02%
  • Born Again Christians – 0.008%

Since 1900 the Christian population has decreased from 22% to 0.21%

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