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- Stats for Turkey
Turkey has been one of the most modern countries in the Islamic world. It has been secular since the 1920’s, but a movement is trying to make it more Islamic.
Top 25 Stats
Total Population- 76.7 M (18th); Total Gospel Visits- 7.6 M (10th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Turkic peoples (71.8%, a Central Asian people that conquered and absorbed the indigenous people of the land from the 11th century onward); Iranian-Median (21.1%, mostly Kurds in east and southeast Anatolia); Eurasian peoples (2.8%); Arab (2.5%, near Syria).
Broad mix of agriculture, industry, commerce, and tourism; Has 16th largest world economy. Has high inflation and high unemployment; It is the richest of the six Turkic nations. Turkey tried unsuccessfully for years to get into the European Union.
History / Politics
Empire once stretch across North Africa, Arabia, Western Asia, and Southeast Europe. This Ottoman Empire ended in WWI and then modern Turkey was formed in 1923. Their leader was called Ataturk and he formed a secular state which was a democracy. Turkey had coups in the 20th century; Military still has a strong presence. Has conflict with Greece over Cyprus and with the Kurdish separatists (better since 1999). A nation torn in two with economic ties with Europe and cultural ties with central Asia. Is a secular country, but almost all are Muslim; Turks still mistrust West due to past wars. 15 million Kurds in the southeast in conflict with Turkey, but reforms made things better.
Once was a Christian stronghold, but reduced now; 22% Christian in 1900, 0.2% now. Reduced by massacre (Armenians), persecution (Assyrians), and emigration (Greeks). A lot of people hear the Gospel for the first time through satellite radio or Internet.
Pray that the people would become open to hearing the Gospel. Pray that God does a miracle in people’s hearts and through dreams and visions. Pray that Internet, radio, and television will reach people for Christ.