The president got over 52% of the vote and will lead the county five more years. Christians and other minorities still face restrictions in their freedoms.
The response to the earthquakes and the restriction of human rights such as religious freedom may play against the powerful president.
Three months after the earthquakes in Turkey, local Protestants continue to work among those affected: “Tens of thousands who survived are still homeless”.
The TWR media team in Syria balances spiritual themes with medical and psychological guidance. They also help in practical ways.
A conversation with Debora, a Christian aid worker who is at ground zero of the earthquake in Turkey. ‘There is destruction, but also hope’, she says.
Officials claimed burnings pose a threat to Sweden's security. A previous one worsened the conflict with Turkey over Swedish bid to join NATO.
A pastor of the Turkish Protestant Church Foundation reports from the ground in Antakya (Antioch). “80% of buildings either collapsed or will have to be torn down”.
Evangelical organisation Samaritan's Purse opens a 52-bed field hospital in Antakya amid a death toll of over 31,600.
Turkish Protestant churches are mobilising to help in the most affected areas by the earthquake. Food, clothing and hygiene supplies are the first needs they are covering.
Experts warn that there is “a real danger of a secondary disaster”. The EU leaders officially offer more help and the first UN aid convoy reached northern Syria.
Evangelical churches in the already war-torn country are organising themselves for aid in Aleppo and elsewhere. The priority is to open churches and provide food and clothes.
Antioch was the origin of the first offering of humanitarian aid from a Christian community.
Despite difficult weather conditions, Christian ministries and individuals have traveled to the earthquake area. The Turkish Evangelical Alliance and other groups are channeling donations.
More than 5,000 buildings collapse after two huge tremors (7.8 and 7.5) in the south-east of Turkey. At least 4,800 people in both countries. In Iskenderun, a pastor, his wife, and a young girl, are among the victims of the evangelical church.
There is “extreme persecution” in 10 countries in Africa and the Middle East, says Open Doors. Elsewhere, worrying trends are observed in key geopolitical actors such as India, Saudi Arabia and China.
The views of 10 European Christians, including a Protestant worker expelled from Turkey, an Albanian pastor defending his freedom of expression, an Ukrainian missionary seeking to return home, and a Spanish mime successful in Germany.
Participants in the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education consultation in Izmir highlighted the importance of "mutuality" to strengthen global mission. The steadfastness of Ukrainian theological schools was honoured.
The consultation features six tracks and eighteen workshops with the overall theme “formal and non-formal theological education: beyond dialogue”.
After 36 years of pastoring churches in Turkey, Carlos Madrigal was labelled a threat to national order and is no longer allowed to enter the country. He and his wife Rosa share lessons to be learned about Christian work in non-Western countries.
The death of Mahsa Amini sparked protests across Iran. Christians inside and outside the country demand “an end to imposition and discriminatory laws”.
Most Christian mission projects rely on Western support. As soon as a given nation or a critical part of a given society turns against the West, financial support will dry out or even criminalised.
Nearly a hundred people have been killed in recent days after the military confrontation between the two countries resumed.
The aim of both countries is to strengthen their influence in the Middle East region, especially towards countries such as Iran.
Of the 186 known Christian fellowships, only a small minority are allowed to worship in their own buildings. The Turkish Association of Protestant Churches denounces that money has been offered to individuals who offer information about churches and pastors.
Since the conflict began, Israel has received over 1,500 Jews from Ukraine, where around 43,000 Jews live.