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Pastor Emre Karaali

A new development arose in the case against those who conspired to kill Pastor Emre Karaali. In January 2013, Pastor Emre learned that more than a dozen people -- including some who had infiltrated his church and even babysat his children -- were planning to assassinate him. Evidently, those plotting his death had associations with a police chief and military officer. Because of this, the courts had also indicted the two officers.

After waiting a year for the officers to give their story, Pastor Emre's lawyer notified him that they are no longer required to give witness statements, claiming there is not enough evidence that they had any part in the plot. Though there were phone records showing a connection between the assassins and the officers, and earlier court hearings have confirmed the relationship between them, prosecutors do not see these connections as sufficient evidence. This means the decision will have to be appealed, further prolonging the case.

Although Pastor Emre has forgiven those who plotted to kill him, the case is weighing heavy on his heart. An earlier report can be found at this page.

Pray that the Lord will continue to be with Pastor Emre as he patiently waits for the outcome of this next stage in the legal process. May the Holy Spirit serve as the unseen Mediator in his case, bringing about justice while working out God's greater plan of salvation throughout the process. Let's stand with Pastor Emre, and other believers around the world, by interceding not only for those directly involved, but also for the many others in Turkey who have yet meet their Risen Saviour.

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Country Information

82,482,383 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Turkish (70-75), Kurdish (19), other minorities (7-12)

Religion (%)
Islam (99.8), other (0.2)

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2014)

Government type
Parliamentary republic

Legal system
Civil law system derived from various European continental legal systems

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Turkey

Prayerfully uphold those who have had their churches and places of worship taken over by a government that does not represent their beliefs, values or ordinances. Ask the Lord to oversee the mediation process as church officials and government representatives endeavour to work out a solution that is both honouring to Him and fair to all the members of the various churches. Despite the challenges experienced by the believers of this country, may they have a sense of God's reassuring presence and peace, knowing that one day He will reign supremely and justly over the entire earth.


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