Both a land and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey is a connecting point of Eastern and Western Cultures. The Turks have inhabited the region of Asia Minor since the eleventh century. The majority of Turks live in turkey, but a large number of Turks live in other countries such as in Europe. There is approximately 1.5 million Turks in Germany, many of whom are guest workers in the country.
Many Turks are secularized and are acclimated to modern society. However, 40 percent of Turks work in agriculture and live in villages. In a Turkish household, the man typically works outside while the woman remains inside preparing food, taking care of children, and doing other chores. Turks are traditionally Sunni Muslim, and the Turkish majority is accepting of the Christian and Jewish minorities. Even in the Ottoman Empire, Christians and Jews were accepted but treated as second class citizens.Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Paul Trementozzi, regional director of Europe stated in the article, “Loving and Reaching Muslims in Europe, “In God’s providence, millions of Muslims are moving to Europe where we can connect with them. Now is the time to demonstrate Jesus’ love to them and communicate a clear witness of His salvation. Our international churches are effectively ministering to Muslims in many ways. The Spirit is moving on the hearts of young missionaries to engage with them. We just pray that God will call more young people to come join the team.”Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Approximately 50 Assemblies of God missionaries are working to plant churches, various ministries, and outreaches in Germany. The Unite Pentecostal Fellowship in Germany numbers around 780 churches and 50,000 members. Pray that more churches will be planted across Germany, and that God would compel these pastors and missionaries to reach the Turks.Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray the church in Germany will be the agent of change in the lives of Turkish people.
- Pray love and hospitality would be shown to Turkish migrants looking for community, and that the church would become a home to the Turks.
- Pray for spiritual freedom for Turks and an openness to the message.