Fifteen Turkish Protestant congregations and their leaders have been targeted in recent months by a forceful campaign of death threats sent to their Facebook, email, websites and cell telephones.
The threats followed the style and jargon typically used by ISIS, vowing to kill, massacre and behead apostates who the messages accused of having “chosen the path that denies Allah” and “dragged others into believing as you do… As heretics you have increased your numbers with ignorant followers”.
“Threats are not anything new for the Protestant community who live in this country and want to raise their children here,” the Association of Protestant Christians in Turkey said in a press release on September 1. “But with the recent increase in systematic threats, from this country’s west to east and north to south, in different cities, we think that these messages, coming close together and resembling each other, are coming from the same source.”
Please pray for these targeted believers- that they would remain strong in the face of adversity.