Population: 80,845,215 (July 2017 est.)
Religion: Islam 99.8% Others 0.2%
Turkey, known as a pillar nation of Islam, is a nation that had great influence over the entire Islamic world historically. Turkey, an Islamized people themselves, has contributed in the Islamization of Central Asia, Asia Minor and parts of Europe during the time of the Ottoman Empire through the Battle of Malazgirt, and now plays the role of a protector over these regions.
In 2002, Ak Party, the ruling party of Turkey began to advocate a vision of neo-ottomanism, to bring back its former glory and influence throughout the world, in areas of politics, economy, culture, and education.
Through a modern interpretation of the Qur’an, the vision is to spread “Modernized Turkey Islam” to the world. In order to carry out this vision, they have begun to reform in about 100 different areas, including politics, law, military, economy, energy, and transportation, with a goal to finish by year 2023 for the 100th year anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.
In response to this, the Target 1% vision by 2023 was established. “Target 1% Vision” is the vision to see 800,000 Turkish people, which is 1% of whole entire population of Turkey, rising up as Christians. Turkey has suffered from bloody wars and battles in the past, but as a result, it has always experienced the emergence of a new king.
In the end times where the Gospel is preached to all nations, Turkey’s spiritual change is deeply related to the return of our King. Turkish people who are nomads from the eastern outskirts of Asia reside in the Anatolia region, where the great revival took place during the early church. However, it’s unfortunate that they are living their lives without hearing the Gospel. The Turkey Target 1% Vision was born in this reality.
But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. (Romans 11:4-5)
The new generation that has not bowed the knee to Baal will break through the authority of darkness and advance God’s history. The generation that will not bow down to Allah will rise up.
The church of the young generation that is like the morning dew will be planted in all 81 cities of Turkey. The very first revival of Turkish people will be the last revival of history.
1. Target 1% Vision of Turkey is God’s promise for the salvation of Turkish people. We must wisely and powerfully push for “evangelism movement with locals.” Please pray that ministers in Turkey will dream the new spiritual revival of Turkey with a unified heart and have spiritual leadership as they minister.
2. Many young local people have been joining the church community as they accept Jesus in different places. Please pray that they will not only care for their own salvation, but become disciples that will be the hope of nations.
3. Workers for the harvest are both the proof of God’s history and his promise. God has already prepared many multi-ethnic churches. Please pray that God will prepare every meeting and alliance, and through this, explosive mission movement will arise!