Russian invasion hurts Turkey’s already struggling economy

By April 5, 2022

Turkey (MNN) — In Turkey, people suffer from an economic downturn. By mid-February, SAT-7 listeners in Turkey reported rent increasing by 70 percent. The price of essential goods and services doubled or tripled.

Joe Willey with SAT-7 USA says, “Many families are really finding it difficult to meet their most basic needs.”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine

And that was before Russia invaded Ukraine. Russia is Turkey’s largest source of imports, and food from Ukraine stopped coming as well. The war has stalled any Black Sea trade.

Turkey has refrained from entering the same sanctions against Russia that many Western countries have. But they have supplied Ukraine with weaponized drones in the fight. Turkey supplied Azerbaijan with the same drones during its war with Armenia.


The SAT-7 TÜRK show Homemade seeks to comfort viewers. Willey says, “The program focuses on family issues. Importantly, it promotes a Christian worldview. The program has been raising awareness of this financial impact on families, and it invites people to call or message the program while it’s on.”

“One viewer said, ‘This is very much needed right now for people all across the country.’”

The focus on family life is one that Muslims in Turkey can appreciate as well. Pray the show will act as a bridge between Christians and Muslims.

Willey asks readers to pray for God’s mercy during this difficult time. “There are many struggling to survive, and that’s not an exaggeration. Pray that SAT-7 will help raise awareness to the nation of Turkey that Christians care about anyone who is suffering.”



Header photo courtesy of SAT-7 USA. 

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