While the majority of Turks live in Turkey, a significant number of them are dispersed throughout Europe, Eurasia, and the Americas. In the early twentieth century, the Turks along with other displaced people migrated to Europe from Turkey due to the effects of WWII. Today 49,000 Turks live in the United Kingdom most of whom are unreached.
Most Turks are devout Sunni Muslims and adhere to traditional Muslim beliefs. However, they are known as the link between Western and Eastern cultures. Contrary to some other Islamic communities, Turks are known to go pray in churches or synagogues on special occasions and they respect the prophets of both Christianity and Judaism.Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Though they are devout followers of Islam and will rarely think of converting, their general openness provides a great opportunity for Christian engagement. Pray for local churches in the U.K., to successfully engage with the Turks living in their towns.Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Turks in the U.K. live in a highly secularized and urbanized society. With the troubles of drug use, prostitution, poverty, and other issues that exist in such a society, pray that the church will rise to the occasion and find creative ways to serve and reach the Turks.Partnership // Move Beyond
With the barriers of Islam and secular society, prayer is of utmost importance in reaching the Turks. It is through the leading of the Holy Spirit they will come to Christ. Here’s how you can pray:
- Pray for wisdom on behalf of Europe Missions to reach the great number of Muslims in Europe and the U.K.
- Pray that believers in the U.K. will boldly follow the leading of God into Turkish communities.
- Pray for openness to the gospel in the Turkish people.
Thankfully, there is a complete Bible and JESUS film already available in the Turkish language.
If you’d like to get involved, the Forward Network is an Assemblies of God ministry working to plant churches across the U.K. Visit the Forward Network to see opportunities.
Interested in other opportunities? See the Wide Open Missions website.