TURKEY – Christians expelled from city’s last-remaining church
The Protestant, Orthodox and other congregations that share a historic church building in Bursa have received an official order to leave the premises by Friday.
The pastor of Bursa Protestant Church said the Directorate-General of Foundations gave the congregations just eight days’ notice to quit.
Their building, known locally as ‘the French church’, is the only recognised place of Christian worship in Bursa and dates back to the 1880s. It is regularly used by 200 people.
When Bursa’s Christian community put in a routine application last year to renew their permit to use the building for religious purposes, some members of the city council opposed it.
- Please pray that Christians in Bursa will be allowed to remain in their church.
- Pray that Turkish society will champion religious liberty. Thank God that national media and local citizens have expressed their support for Bursa Christians.
- Pray that God’s people in Bursa and across Turkey will be united and be a strong witness to His love.