There are over 118,000 Turks in Austria, some have recently migrated for better job opportunities and others have resided in Austria for many years. Turks place much importance on family and community. Turks are very proud of their nationality. The majority of Turks are followers of Islam with a minority who have decided to embrace atheism. Leaving Islam is looked down upon in Turkish communities.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Churches like Vienna Christian Center (VCC) minister to Austria’s native and international community. Many who enter the doors of VCC are Muslim. Larry, VCC senior pastor and AGWM personnel states, What’s unique about the international church, is that it has an effect both locally and globally.”
To join in reaching Turks in Austria visit Europe Missions.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Global Initiative(GI) trains the local church globally to reach out to Muslims in their communities. In the article “Eye on Islam: New Brothers and Sisters in Europe”, GI shares that Muslims are not just immigrating to Europe in large numbers, but they are also converting to Christianity at a very fast rate. Global Initiative uses these opportunities to train pastors, laity, and bible school students to engage Muslims with the truth of the gospel.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Recently, Turks have begun to face discrimination and rejection from the majority population. Pray that they may find acceptance in Jesus.
- Pray that Austrian believers may be motivated and burdened to reach out to Turks in their communities.
- Pray for Turks who have left Islam and embraced secularism, that they may find truth in the gospel.
- Pray for Christian resources to be made available to Turks.
Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.