Pray for the Turkish Cypriot region of the island, for the mixed population of Turkish Cypriots, mainland Turkish, Greek and mixed expat communities. Pray for new indigenous churches to be established amongst the Muslim communities, for local leaders to be raised up and trained, and for workers to be effective and fruitful in their ministries.
Pray for Andrew Brunson, the American pastor imprisoned in Turkey for two years on terrorism charges, who Praise God was released in October. Pray for him and his family as they adjust back to life in the US after decades of service in Turkey. Pray for healing and restoration for Andrew.
Praise that a small group of young men have come to faith. Pray for them as they are discipled, and for the worker who is meeting with them, that they would grow in faith and boldness to share with their families and friends.
Kazan, Tatarstan (Russia)
Please pray for God to continue to provide for the different needs of the bible and mission training college, especially that their financial needs would be met. Pray for the staff and students that they would train and be trained in every way necessary for ministry in Central Asia.
Praise that new workers are being recruited for two different countries, and others are enquiring about long-term service. Pray for the office staff as they work to prepare people to move to Central Asia, and for the enquirers that they would be led by God to the right opportunity and team. Praise for the new UK director, please pray for him to settle in quickly and ‘learn the ropes’.
Pray for this authoritarian nation and its 32 million people. Since the death of Islam Karimov who ruled since independence, the country under the new leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev has only marginally opened up to reform. Pray for churches that continue to be raided illegally and their members fined or held. Pray for Uzbeks to find Christ despite the opposition and persecution that may result.