Pray for Andrew Brunson in Izmir, Turkey

A Christian Pastor in Turkey’s Prison   (By Sohrab Ahmadi published in the Wall Street Journal, Jan. 3, 2017) Andrew Brunson was elated when Turkey’s Interior Ministry summoned him on Oct. 7 in the coastal city of Izmir. The ministry, the American pastor imagined, was granting him and his wife, Norine, permanent-resident status after they’d spent ...

Egyptian court rules it is illegal to demolish any church

via Barnabas Fund A court in Alexandria has blocked the demolition of a church and in doing so set an important legal precedent. The case arose out of a land dispute as to who owned the property the church was built on. However, the Egyptian court not only blocked the demolition of this particular church ...

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Erdogan’s Foreign Policy Is in Ruins (FP)

“It wasn’t long ago that Turkish foreign policy was the talk of the town. Defined by the catchy phrase of ‘zero problems with the neighbors,’ Turkey aimed to both improve relations with its neighborhood and slowly emerge as the dominant regional power. It was a classic case of enhancing soft power through democratization and economic ...

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Turkish Jews call for tightened state security against ISIS threat (JPost)

“Turkey’s organized Jewish community on Tuesday called on Ankara to boost security at its institutions across the country following reports claiming that an attack by the Islamic State terrorist group is ‘imminent’.” “According to an intelligence source who spoke to Britain’s Sky News, Islamic State intends to target Jewish kindergartens, schools and youth centers, with ...

Turkish gov’t expropriates Diyarbakir churches

At the Crossroads partners in Diyarbakir write that the Turkish government has decided to confiscate their church building. “According to the cabinet decision published in Official Journal on March 25, an ‘urgent expropriation’ decision is taken concerning 6,300 plots of land in Sur province.  Surp Giragos Church, the largest Armenian church in Middle East, Surp ...

Israeli & Middle Eastern followers of Jesus unite to care for their hurting region

“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria … Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah ...

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Help bring Assyria, Egypt and Israel together in Jerusalem

At the Crossroads Conference 2016 is only two weeks away during, March 21-23. We posted prayer points previously. Delegates from around the Middle East have registered to attend the conference.  Many of these delegates also need financial support to make the trip. We need $900 for each delegate to pay for visa fees,  conference housing ...

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