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Persecution in Turkey targets children, evangelism is at risk

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“Every student has to attend Islamic classes, even our children. And when they are in the class, they speak lies about the Christians and the Christian faith.”

10 March, 2008 Turkey (MNN) ― While the trial of five men accused of killing three Christians in Turkey has yet to resume, persecution continues for Christians. It’s happening almost every day, and children are the targets.

IN Network’s Turkey Country Director Behnan Konutgan says Christian children face problems every day. “Every student has to attend Islamic classes, even our children. And when they are in the class, they speak lies about the Christians and the Christian faith.”

Konutgan says these lies perpetuate antagonism toward Christian students, calling them the enemy or infidels. “Just last month one of my sons was playing football with his class against another class, and a student from another class said, ‘I don’t want to play with this evil infidel man.'”

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Rodeheaver says, “Believers around the world need to pray for the children of Christians in Turkey because they are the hope for Turkey of tomorrow. If they leave, it’ll be gone.”

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