Damla has lived in Turkey all her life, but the government doesn't want her there anymore.
Damla has lived in Turkey all her life, but the government doesn't want her there anymore.
Oct. 01, 2020 | Turkey

Turkish-Born Resident Expelled

[250] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Damla.

Another Christian has been kicked out of Turkey on the same grounds used by the government to eject more than 50 foreigners in the last 18 months. Damla Villanueva, 26, was born in Turkey and has lived there all her life, and her parents have been in the country for almost three decades. In July 2020, Damla’s residency visa was denied due to an N82 code, a designation given recently to several Christians who have been deported. Damla and her family have appealed to the courts. Pray for Damla as she waits for the court’s decisions from outside Turkey, and pray for the many other foreigners facing the same problem.

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  • Father, while it's unfortunate that Damla and many other Christians have recently been expelled from Turkey, thank You for keeping her and the others safe from the tyranny of the radical Islamists who've overtaken the country. I pray that Damla will not lose hope in one day being reunited with her family and during the interim remains committed to You.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father, I pray for Damla. Speak peace to her and her family. Watch over her and comfort her. I pray you would move on her behalf. Lord, what are people to do? Dear God, please, move. Pour our your Spirit upon your children that they will be used for you mightily. Deal with the government's leaders. Father, I place this in your hands, move.
    polly c - USA
  • Father thank You for Damla. I pray that Your perfect will is done in her life. Please give her peace. Please place her exactly where You want her to be. Please be with her protect her and bless her tremendously. Have mercy on her and give her wisdom. Fill her with Your Holy Spirit. In Yeshua's Name, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Lord
    I pray for my beautiful sister, Damla and the many others who are facing the loss of their Homeland. We know that You control all things; nothing is outside Your power. So we commit this to Your Hand. Soften the hearts of leaders and those in charge. Let these ejections be reversed. Let Your power be known; Your name glorified! Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, Through this difficult and uncertain time for Damla, please provide for her every need. Grant her hope, peace. may she witness your almighty hand working out details for her and her family so they can stay united. Open the eyes of Turkish officials to see the power of Jesus and their hearts open to His saving love. Pat USA
    Patricia S - USA
  • Holy Father, when anxious times come to us, as they have for Damla and her family, remind us that Your are our rock, our fortress, our refuge, and that nothing is too great for You. Give Damla a spirit of peace and confidence knowing that Your are with her, and providing for her no matter how things look or feel. Open doors for her! In Jesus' name,Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. It is my prayer that You reunite the family to stay strong with You. If she is the bridge between You and the rest of her family, I pray You would keep her close to them. May they also be saved. I commit the rest into Your Hands. In Jesus' Gracious Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Father I have faith that you can change their hearts to allow her to stay but whatever your will is let it be done if she gets cut off from her family or stays with them but gets deported either way I know one way or another you will be here for her I pray she stands firm in the faith and trust in your during these hard times IJNIPA
    Josef S - USA
  • Dear Lord, we pray for Damla, her family & the many others affected by this persecution. We pray this evil action will instead result in great good.We pray for Turkey, that officials will seek religious harmony across Turkey, that they'll have dreams & visions of you, & that Turkey, home of so many early churches will become a strong land for you. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Lord I ask for justice and goodness to come for Damla. I ask for provision as she waits and peace as she settles. I pray for a place for her to be and for Your will to be done. I pray for intimacy with You and her as she waits and hopes.
    Joy H - USA
  • Isn't it amazing how countries change. When John wrote the book of Revelation, all seven churches mention in chapter 3 were located in western (now) Turkey. Now Christianity is being persecuted in the same area. The region is now under the influence of mighty Gog and Magog, fulfilling prophecy. May we Christians study and pray righteous prayers. AMEN!!
    Bobby C - USA
  • Father, you never stop loving and caring for your children. Even when it's dark and uncertain, you are our light. Be that lamp and light for Damla and the dozens of your children who've been forced from their homes. Let them find their true home in you. We love you Jesus!
    Ryan M - USA
  • Father, how difficult this must be to be faced with possibly being kicked out of your own country. Please give Damla and her family and the other Christians who are also facing this dilemma. Help them to trust and to know that you will take care of them and that you will never leave them. Give them peace that passes all understanding. You are faithful.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Damla, we are trusting the Lord that if He wants you to return to and stay in Turkey, that HE will open the door that no man can shut. May you enjoy the richest of fellowship with Him as you wait on Him to lead you in a plain and even path because of your enemies (Psa.27:11). Sending this with much Love and prayer...
    Jennifer P - USA
  • Father, bless Damla in fullest measure with every spiritual blessing that she may know that You are guiding and leading her in the special direction that You have for her life! I pray favor from those in authority. May she shine bright as a witness to Jesus Christ, and may many come to know You through her strong faith! In Jesus name!
    Carolyn L - USA
  • Dear Lord, please continue to strengthen the faith of Damla and her family. Give her wisdom and courage for each situation she faces. Soften the hearts of nonbelievers, so that they too can hear the call to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and love one another.
    Betty A - USA
  • Father I pray for Damla that she may return home to Turkey soon. Help her to remain strong in these difficult times. I pray that politicians in Turkey will pursue justice and stop deporting people who do not deserve it. I pray that in this time her faith will be strengthened and her love for you and others will grow.
    Paul K - USA
  • Almighty God, I pray for Damla that you would make you will be done in her life. As she waits for answers I pray that you would give her perfect peace that passes all understanding and develop patience and trust in her life. Please intervene on her behalf and help her to understand your will for her life during this difficult time. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Damla, trust in God with all your heart and remember that His plan is always the perfect one. I pray for His protection on you and your family with the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother. God looks upon you with a smile for your faith and courage, and you hold a dear and special place in His heart.
    Ashley Marie A - USA
  • My dear DAMLA, a fellow soldiers in Christ Jesus. I pray the prayer of apostle Paul Philippians 1:6
    Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
    1 Cor 1:8
    Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be of courage
    Jacob A - Nigeria
  • Father, encourage Damla in your Word. Grant her a steadfast faith, and may she praise you as she sees your power and love at work in her life.
    In Jesus name,
    Lis S - USA
  • Father, Damla's life has been turned upside down and she wants to return to Turkey. May You open a door to make her return possible, but if You have other plans for her, may she see where You want her to go and what You want her to do. This situation has not caught You by surprise. May she find rest and comfort in Your sovereignty. In Jesus, Amen.
    Bruce B - USA
  • Help Damla & others like her to wait patiently on You. If they're to return please give them favour in the sight of the authorities so they're allowed back to Turkey. If not, please help them know where to live & what to do. Encourage them that You are in control & are with them. May Turkish churches be steadfast in devotion to You & live boldly.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • Dear Father, please allow Damla to safely return to Turkey. May she be able to share the love of Jesus Christ in Turkey, her home. Protect Your daughter, Lord, and may You show her Your favor. Bring a great awakening to Turkey!
    Tricia G - USA
  • Dear LORD Almighty, please may Damla's appeal to the Turkish courts be successful. May she be able to stay and spread the Gospel in Turkey if that is Your will for her. Blessings upon her and her family in Jesus' Name. Thank You, LORD. Amen.
    Christienne D - USA
  • Lord, we know that You know what is happening in Turkey, please give those who are affected by this massive exodus to hear Your voice and follow You. If it is to protect Your people, please show them the way to a new place where they can serve You. If it is to test them, please walk alongside of them, be with them and help them to continue to serve You
    Donna H - USA
  • Good Father, open the way for Turkey to stop deporting Christians and keep Damla in her home. Make her life fruitful to bear testimony to your name. Give her peace to trust you.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Father we pray great favor over Damla & others like her. LORD You prevail over every government & authority on earth & heaven & every where else. So prevail over their cases & bring a favorable outcome. Pour the Spirit of God over the government officials so that THEY put their faith in Christ & surrender to Your lordship. For Your glory & fame amen!
    Helen O - USA
  • Hear our prayer Holy Father for Damla and the others who are being forced from their home with nowhere to go. Plead their cause and intervene with your Divine Justice and may their witness lead others to Christ as your word runs swiftly and is glorified in Turkey
    Julie C - USA
  • We pray that she may have a blessed time in America and will be taken care of
    Stephen M - USA
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