Turks in Germany (Day 24)

In most Turkish homes and workplaces is at least one nazar boncuk – a round amulet of the image of a pale blue or golden eye centered against deep blue glass. Many Turkish people believe the nazar boncuk, also called “Allah’s eye” or “evil eye,” will protect them against curses and evil spirits (jinn).

One Turkish man awoke to find his nazar boncuk shattered on the floor. Believing that someone was trying to curse him and that the nazar boncuk broke to block the curse, he quickly went to the market to buy another nazar boncuk.

The vast majority of the 3 million Turks in Germany are Muslim. They do not have confidence that God will protect them, so the nazar boncuk is a common way for them to deal with their fears.

Besides fearing curses and jinn, Turks in Germany also fear a loss of Turkish identity. They tend to live in densely Turkish clusters within cities, which helps strengthen cultural ties but which makes ministry from “outsiders” more challenging. They are also reported to be more resistant to changing religions, possibly because of the common belief that to be Turkish is to be Muslim.

 

Pray

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8b): Lord Jesus, thank You for destroying the works of the devil and breaking the power of the curse. Let Turks in Germany put their trust in You to protect them against all evil and shatter the strongholds in their lives.

“And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard.’” (Acts 22:14-15): God of Abraham, let Turks in Germany see the Righteous One and hear His voice. May they, like Saul of Tarsus, be Your witnesses among the nations.

Ask God how else to pray.

 

Act

Go to a local market or store and see what items are being used like a nazar boncuk.

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