Today is the fifth anniversary of the murder of three Turkish Christians, now remembered as the Malatya Martyrs. On 18 April 2007 three employees of a Bible publishing house in the town of Malatya were tortured and murdered by five young men. Regarded as the first Christian martyrs in modern day Turkey, two of the victims were Turkish converts to Christianity and one was a German citizen. The trial of their killers is still ongoing.
Modern day Turkey is the land of Noah, of Abraham, of Paul, of Ararat and Harran, of Antioch, Ephesus, Galatia, of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Turkey derives huge economic benefit from its Christian heritage as each year hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Biblical sites. But the harsh reality is that Turkish Christians now make up less than 0.2% of the population of 72 million and often live in fear of persecution.
Today is Global Day of Prayer for Turkey. Please pray that God would bless this nation, that misinformation about Christ and his church will be overturned and that the church will be encouraged and strengthened. There’s more detailed information here.