Turkey

Turkey's Christian population constitutes less than one percent of the country's population. Through the American Board, Global Ministries personnel are active in ecumenical and Christian-Muslim relations in this largely secular country of nearly 70 million. Our principle partner is the Health and Education Foundation, which manages and supports three schools and a hospital historically related to the United Church of Christ. One of the local church's ecumenical projects is the Istanbul Interparish Migrants' Program, which grew out of the influx of internal and external refugees following the Gulf War. Pray for: The ministry of Christians in Turkey, including Armenians, Greeks, and Turks. The Istanbul Interparish Migrants' Program, which ministers to the needs of refugees and migrants in this Turkish city. Mission Personnel Elizabeth Frank Librarian and Christian-Muslim relations, Executive Director of the American Board in Izmir Ken Frank Executive Director of the American Board in Izmir Alison Stendahl Academic Dean at Üskudar American Academy Partners Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program Health and Education Foundation.

Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast.

Turkey's Christian population constitutes less than one percent of the country's population. Through the American Board, Global Ministries personnel are active in ecumenical and Christian-Muslim relations in this largely secular country of nearly 70 million. Our principle partner is the Health and Education Foundation, which manages and supports three schools and a hospital historically related to the United Church of Christ. One of the local church's ecumenical projects is the Istanbul Interparish Migrants' Program, which grew out of the influx of internal and external refugees following the Gulf War.

Pray for: The ministry of Christians in Turkey, including Armenians, Greeks, and Turks.

The Istanbul Interparish Migrants' Program, which ministers to the needs of refugees and migrants in this Turkish city.

Population (2014 est) – 81,619,392

Area – 486,900mi

Capital – Ankara

Ethnic Background

Turkish - 70-75%

Kurdish - 18%

Other - 7-12%

Exports - apparel, foodstuffs, textiles, metal manufactures, transport equipment

Imports - machinery, chemicals, semi-finished goods, fuels, transport equipment

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 71 years      F 75 years

Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 21.43 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 5.9%