Christians make up a tiny fraction of the population in Turkey. Many also live in rural, remote areas such as mountainous regions or villages near the Black Sea.
Joe Willey with SAT-7 USA says, “Many mountainous areas are blocked by snowfall. It’s a beautiful, beautiful place. But the terrain itself has become, really, an obstacle for pastors who are trying to get to these remote locations.”
They may feel isolated from other believers. Families and neighbors pressure them to keep quiet about their faith. Willey says, “The school system is firm. Children are taught strictly how to think and how to behave. And because Christians are part of a minority group, and a small group of people, they’re often just told to be quiet.”
“Even though you live here, even though you’re part of the country, you really don’t have a say in normal life.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
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