Turkey Has Deported Almost 200 Protestants Since 2018, Obstacles Block the Building of Church Buildings

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Since 2018, Turkey has forced nearly 200 Protestant clergy and their families to leave the country. Intelligence officials claim they pose a security risk but do not say how. The expulsions began after the U.S. sanctioned Turkey for imprisoning an American pastor.

Soner Tufan works with the Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey, a network of about 40 churches. He says 28 of those deported were Americans, with the rest from Britain, South Korea, Latin America, and other nations.

Distrust of Christians

Tufan says this pattern has developed due to distrust and hatred of Christians in Turkey. “The first day I became Christian, my older brother broke my nose. Just because I became a Christian. That day, I accepted this kind of life.”

“The church has a big problem with worship houses. There is no freedom to build our churches in Turkey.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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