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

[262] 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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  • Thank you for Damla Father, for her family and thank you that she always has a home with you. I pray against every evil force opposing your will and I pray for Damla and her family - they you would have them where you want them God. I ask for a deep trust and security in you, strengthen their faith and love for you and those around them.
    Becky G - New Zealand
  • Father God, I ask in the name of Jesus that You bring-down these wicked policies meant to hurt your people. Let Your plan prevail that the gospel will go forth. I ask for a favorable resolution to Damla's and other Christians' struggles in Turkey. May the government turn from their wrongful bias against Christians and turn to JESUS.
    Kathy G - USA
  • OLORD, Turkey needs your presence. Open them to your love & forgiveness. May Damla be able to visit her family. I pray for those who impede Damla. May satan be bound from his evil plans. Please remove this classification from her passport, and give her freedom of travel. Strength her faith as she works thru these obstacles. We give you glory, in Jesus.
    SM D - USA
  • Lord, I pray for Damla. Could you please give her strength to make it through and appeal to the courts? Could you please help her lean on You and give her words that no one can resist as You said in Luke 12:15? Please help her keep in You and please help her family follow You if they don't yet. Please soften the government's hearts. In Jesus name, Amen
    Samuel Y - USA
  • Be assured of brothers and sisters around the world praying for you. God be your strength and force and refuge. God's will be done in your life. God's heart can be trusted and His will is good.
    Barbara S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, please sustain Damla and her family during this scary time. May they see and draw upon Your faithfulness, Your devotion, Your loving-kindness & Your strength. May they hear the answer they seek from Turkey's court system. You do not forget the little sparrows, much less Damla and her family. May they know that deep in their hearts.Amen
    Alicia N - USA
  • I pray for Damla Father who seems to be forced to leave her home if she doesn't win simply because of her religion and nothing else. If there were logical reason then that would be different. Enlighten the courts so that they can grant her the stay she and her family needs and deserves in Jesus' name amen
    Angela L - USA
  • Give Damla find a new country that accepts her.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Thank You for Damla and her faith in You. Please strengthen and encourage her as she waits for an answer, and I do pray that You would grant her favor with the courts.
    Danielle H - USA
  • I do ask that You would grant Damla favor with the courts and that she would be able to stay in Turkey. Please give her and her parents wisdom and peace as they seek to respond to this deportation, and may they be comforted as they wait. May this trial be used to proclaim Your gospel in great ways within the country.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Dear Jesus, thank You for Damla. Thank You for her faith. Allow her to remain in Turkey and she and her family will give You the glory. Convict those in power in Turkey to stop throwing out good people and bind the Enemy of our souls that is fostering violence and evil in Turkey. We beg for peace in justice in Turkey in Your name, Jesus.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father, we ask You to use Damla's deportation to strengthen her in her faith and prayers for her home country. Your Church is under attack once again in this land that was home to the first movements of the Gospel. Grant her wisdom and courage as she waits on You for her future. Use her to pray for and reach out to Turks who do not yet know You.
    Toni D - USA
  • 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
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