Located in the continents of Asia and Europe, the ancient land of Turkey is a bridge between East and West. Rich in biblical sites, it was conquered by Turkish armies coming out of Central Asia to become the centre of the Muslim world. Modern Turkey aspires to be part of Europe and has a functioning democracy and constitutional freedom of religion. The current population is 71 million, 20% of whom are Kurds. After decades of instability and mismanagement there has been a recent upsurge in the economy, allowing for the emergence of an urban middle class.

Christianity

To be Turkish is to be Muslim and this deep national pride has severely hindered church growth. Workers have served in Turkey since the early 1960s but there are still only around 3,000 Muslim background believers scattered over 95 small churches. Believers are generally able to worship openly although they may suffer discrimination and slander from their families and communities. Rising nationalism has led to recent attacks on believers.

Go to Turkey

More stories from Turkey

R46204

Online training unites Turkish believers

Turkish Jesus followers across the country learn how to share God's love in their own communities via an online Zoom training.

Read more
R56999

'The East is the new frontier'

Workers Berni and Carla are passionate about reaching the East of Turkey and encouraged by spiritual growth happening there.

Read more
R27383

Church planting in Tunceli

A short-term creative outreach team helps long-term workers connect with several young men in a least-reached area.

Read more