Pastor Facing Deportation in Turkey Requests Prayer for Court Hearing

Pastor Michael Feulner leads Yalova Lighthouse Church. (Photo courtesy of Middle East Concern)

Pastor Michael Feulner of Yalova Lighthouse Church requests prayer for a court hearing contesting a security designation that would effectively ban him from the country.

Michael, a German citizen, came to Turkey as a relief worker following the 1999 earthquake in Izmit in which about 17,000 people were killed. He and his family settled in Yalova, where he has been pastor of Yalova Lighthouse Church since 2003.

In February 2020, about to take a flight, Michael was instead held for 30 hours in a cell at the Istanbul airport, a detention his lawyer says was illegal. He was informed that he had been labeled a threat to Turkish national security and had 10 days to leave the country.

His lawyer opened two court cases: one in Ankara to appeal the deportation order and one in Istanbul to contest the security designation and ask for its removal. Michael has so far been allowed to remain in Turkey while his case proceeds.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray Michael’s lawyer will be able to contest the order to the best of her ability.
  • Pray Michael and his family can remain in Turkey and continue their ministry, providing aid to many needy families in Yalova and other parts of Turkey.

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