There are 59 million Turks in 70 countries. In the 1950s many Turks migrated to Denmark from Turkey for opportunities at a better life. Turks are the largest ethnic minority in Denmark. The Turks are almost exclusively Sunni Muslim but are known to be tolerant towards Jews and Christians. At times they will even pray in churches and synagogues as a means of respect. They value hospitality and relaxation. Men greet each other lovingly and meet at coffee houses to talk.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
In the article “Loving and Reaching Muslims in Europe,” we read multiple stories of Muslims who are coming to Jesus through visions, dreams, and friendship.
Tim Sutherland states in the article: “I remember hearing stories of Muslims in the Middle East having dreams about Jesus and coming to Christ. Now we are having the same kind of thing happening in places like Norway, England, and the Netherlands. It’s almost as if God is saying, ‘I will not allow anything to stop my Spirit from reaching these people.’”
Currently there aren’t any Christian Turks in Denmark, pray for the Holy Spirit to move among the Turks in Denmark and for the truth of Jesus Christ to be revealed to them.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Despite evangelistic efforts, many Turks remain Muslim. Say Hello states that a Christian friendship is key to conversion. Therefore, their mission is to equip women to reach out to their Muslim neighbors via friendship.
Pray that Christian Danish women would be equipped by Say Hello to reach out to their Turkish neighbors.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray the numerous Turks in Denmark will receive a presentation of the gospel.
- Pray the Danish church would reach out and build friendships with the Turks in their community.
- Pray that through dreams and visions God would call Turks to himself.
Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open Missions website.