Turkey claims to be a religiously tolerant country but it has become increasingly hostile to Christianity in recent years. The country’s leadership is pushing the nation into an Islamic caliphate of its own. It is estimated that one in five people in the world are Muslim, making Islam the world’s second largest religion. Islamic law states that it is criminal for a Muslim to convert to Christianity and is punishable by death. There are countless numbers of Muslims that wake up each day without hope, peace, knowledge of redemption or the assurance of salvation. They are hungry for truth and there is an unprecedented openness to the Gospel message.
Without hope found in Jesus Christ, people will turn to anything they think can full the void. Drugs, crime, prostitution, abuse and addiction are common ways to escape the pain of their seemingly hopeless situation.