Surrounded by seas and studded with mountain ranges, the Türkiye/Balkans region has been a contested land throughout history. As the stomping grounds of the former Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, the region is dotted with world-famous ruins and architecture.
A major power in the Muslim world, the country of Türkiye is home to the largest population of refugees on earth. The country has welcomed millions of displaced persons from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran. Many of these refugees are open to the Gospel.
Along eastern Europe lie the Balkans—an area of breathtaking beauty and ethnic diversity. Devastating wars involving parts of the former Yugoslavia have torn communities apart and left deep wounds that have yet to heal.