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TURKEY: 16-Year-Old Beaten for Wearing a Cross

Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, around 4 million, mainly from Syria and also from Iraq and Iran. Numerous churches in Turkey minister to these refugees, one of which reported that a teenager from a family of Christian converts was recently assaulted. The 16-year-old boy was walking down a street wearing a cross necklace when some young Turkish men confronted him and insulted him for wearing the symbol of Christ’s death. They asked why he was wearing it, and when he responded, “Because I am a Christian,” they began beating him. The attackers split the boy’s lip and smashed one of his teeth into his gums. Pray for this young boy and his attackers.

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