July-Friday 8

Diyarbakir in south-east Turkey was the scene of ten months of heavy fighting between the Turkish military and the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). The PKK youth declared self-rule in parts of the city, digging trenches and erecting barricades. Then in late March the Turkish government announced that they were expropriating 6,300 plots of land. Six church buildings were included in the properties seized (theoretically for their protection) by the government. Mosques were also expropriated, but Turkish mosques-built and maintained with state funding-are state property anyway. The Christians fear that their churches could now be closed down at any time. Pray that God will give wisdom to church leaders and legal experts as they negotiate with the government, so that the congregations will not lose the right to the buildings.

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