Thursday, April 22, 2010

Turkey's Christians Emboldened after Martyrdom

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INSTANBUL, Turkey - Three years ago, a brutal slaying of three Christians in Malatya, Turkey, shook believers there.

Many believed the murders would stop the gospel in the Muslim nation. But a small, vibrant Christian community has worked to ensure that doesn't happen.

The Malatya incident was perhaps the most tragic and brutal murder of Christians in modern-day Turkey.

The horrifying attack has left its mark on the evangelical community.

Pastor Carlos Madrigal says many Turkish believers have received threats over the years, but they never expected to see such an act of violence against fellow believers.

Now, they're much more aware of the risks of being Christian in a Muslim-dominated society.

Risking Lives for Faith

Originally from Spain, Madrigal fought with the Turkish government for years to win recognition for his evangelical church.

It was the first time the Turkish government allowed a foundation to provide legal covering for churches.
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