Foreign Christian Workers Expelled

Last year, about 35 foreign Christian workers were expelled from Turkey as their permits were either revoked or denied renewal. This year, about 16 had been forced to leave the country.

The latest of those workers are Joy Subaşıgüller and Pastor Zach Balon, both from the United States. On June 5th, Joy was told that her residency permit had been revoked, even though she has resided in Turkey for nearly ten years and is married a Turkish pastor named Lütfü. The couple, who have three young children (all Turkish citizens), have appealed against the revocation.

Pastor Zach Balon is pastor of the New Hope Church in Istanbul. He was about to fly on a trip with his family on June 24th when he was told that he wouldn’t be allowed to return to Turkey once he left. He immediately cancelled the flight and filed an appeal.

In these cases, and so many others, the notified Christians all had the necessary legal documentation and visas, yet they were subjected to deportation.

Pray that the appeals presented to the courts on behalf of the believers requesting to remain in the country will be successful, and they will be able to continue their ministry in Turkey.

Pray that God will bless the past, present and future outreaches of the church throughout Turkey, so that many more names will be added to the Lamb’s “Book of Life” (Revelation 13:8; 20:15).


(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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