Just a few days after police closed their church, believers in Turkey rejoice with a reversed decision.

By October 11, 2004

Turkey (MNN) — Believers in Bodrum, Turkey are praising God for His intervention in reopening their church.

Under orders from the governor, police closed the church on September 24, giving no reason for the closure. Police officers guarded the church building to prevent any service from taking place.

But just days later the order was reversed, and the church has been given permission to continue using the building until authorities find a more suitable location for a church.

Voice of the Martyrs Canada reports church members were surprised yet very thankful. The church was expecting to have a long, drawn-out court battle to reopen the church building. They had made plans to meet in the pastor’s home, but were concerned it would cause problems with the landlord.

The next closest church is over 3 hours away in Ephesus. Christians in Turkey face government restrictions, harassment, threats and imprisonment.

Praise God for this unexpected blessing of freedom of religion. Pray for wisdom for this church. Pray believers will remain strong and faithful in the midst of adversity and that the message of Christ will continue to spread.

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