Soviet Peoples in Istanbul, Turkey

Ten years ago, the government of Turkmenistan issued new passports for all its citizens wanting to travel internationally. Now, all those passports issued in 2014 are expiring, forcing Turkmen living in Istanbul to return to Turkmenistan to renew their passports. Several believers in Istanbul are planning to leave, while others are already in the application process in Turkmenistan. There’s no guarantee that a citizen will be issued a new passport; thus, many believers in Istanbul fear that they won’t be able to exit Turkmenistan once they travel there. This uncertainty has tried the faith of the Turkmen believers; many of them are tempted to pay bribes to expedite the approximate eight-month-long passport process. The church in Istanbul is working to train the believers to be salt and light in Turkmenistan while they are there. Paying bribes and lying to officials are acts detrimental to building faith. Pray for the Turkmen believers in Istanbul to view the passport renewal process as God’s will–their own mission trip back to their homeland. Pray for believers to hold fast to the faith. May the Turkmen believers see God’s power in their lives when they choose to obey the laws.