TURKEY – 1,700 YEAR OLD CHURCH DEFACED

www.barnasfund.org An ancient church building in Nusaybin, dating from 313 AD, has been defaced with anti-Christian and pro-Islamic slogans. The building, which is undergoing restoration, was surrounded by a wire fence, which the attackers tore down to enter the grounds. They then daubed aggressive messages in paint on the stone walls.

The mayor of Nusaybin and members of the town council visited the church after the incident and denounced the vandalism. The mayor said, “If the police respect all cultures, they should quickly solve this case and prosecute the offenders… [this] Church is an asset to people of all religions who belong to this community.”

  • Thank the Lord for the support that the authorities are giving to the church, and pray that the police will bring the perpetrators of this vandalism to justice.
  • Pray for brothers and sisters in Turkey, that their buildings will be protected from further attacks of this kind, and that Christians and Muslims may live together in peace.
  • Pray that the Christian heritage of Turkey will become better known and appreciated by this 99% Muslim nation and that this will be reflected in a more positive attitude to Christian believers in Turkey today.
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