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Dear Friends,

Here are 4 snippets from around the country for you prayers:

*Yusuf - Manisa

I spoke with Yusuf on the phone. He was very interested in meeting even during our first conversation. It took us about 3 weeks to get to Salihli to meet with him, but when we did we were very encouraged by the questions that he was asking. It really seemed that the Lord was speaking with him. He had been reading the New Testament that he received from the website, he had even memorized some verses. We have been able to sit with him a few times, one time at his house. He  has introduced us to his wife who isn't showing much interest, but he has even been sharing with her and trying to get her to read the New Testament also. We hope to be able to meet with him on a regular basis and continue studying the Scriptures with him, we believe that he is close to becoming a Christian.   

*Nuray - Ankara


Nuray is a woman about 40 years of age who came to Christ in 2017 and was baptized in mid December. She is divorced but her son lives with her. Her son who is 14 accepts everything he's  heard and may be a believer. Nuray is sharing Christ through Facebook and chats with a network of people.



*Cenk - Istanbul


About 2 months ago I received a contact from the BCC. He was a 20 year old university student by the name of Cenk and met with him several times. Then with a few other young followers of Jesus we came together and began to read the gospel of John in the New Testament. Through this Cenk believed and we now meet weekly.



*Oğuz - Adapazarı

Oğuz grew up in a religious and conservative family, and his father graduated from an Islamic seminary and taught religious classes in school.  His parents forced him to read the Koran and follow the  Islamic laws.  To please his parents, he followed Islamic laws and lived as a good Muslim. After he graduated from Marmara University, he had suspicions about the teaching of Islam, especially with the belief that the New Testament had been changed  and whether God can allow such a thing.  For several years, he studied about Islam and the life of Mohammed more seriously and found many inconsistencies.  Soon afterward, he began to seek the truth in Christianity.  He began to read about Christianity on the internet and requested a New Testament from the BCC.  In August  2014, I first met Oğuz,  and he had many questions about the life of Jesus Christ and Christianity.  We began to study the Scriptures and after studying the Scriptures for 3 months, he decided to receive Jesus Christ. He followed Jesus for some time but then because of various issues grew cold. For a year, he was struggling, but now he is in the process of coming back to Him.  Please remember Oğuz that he will  completely come back to Jesus.

Please pray that these friends will grow mightily in the Lord and that the Lord will use them as vehicles for His kingdom.

*Names changed


David Wilson

For the BCC Team


Dear Frıends,

It's the end of the year and thus time for end of the year reports. We could share many testimonies but for now, will just send you one from the city of İskenderun and the local follow-up person and pastor there - Cem! We will plan on sharing several more things from the last year in the next few months.


Without further ado check out the synopsis of the year from the city of İskenderun on the Mediterranean coast near the Syrian border...



Total meetings: 65

Meetings by telephone: 48

Face to face meetings: 17

New believers: 1

Tufan's Story in his own words:

"Hello, my name is Tufan. I come from an Alevi family (A sect of Shia Islam based in Turkey) but grew up having little to no belief in God. I later married and started a family. With time a hunger to learn about and know God was birthed in my heart. I had lost my father and especially after that I entered into a deep search. I discovered the BCC on the internet and received a New Testament from them. Soon after that I met with Cem many times and spent many hours in discussion with him. In time I discovered the truth and turned from my sins and embraced Christ Jesus as my Lord and Master. Presently I am attending the New Testament Church in İskenderun and am going through baptism lessons with the expectant hope to finish them and be baptized."


Please pray for Tufan and also his family. Also pray for Cem as he continues to do many follow-up visits and function as the leader of the group of believers in Iskenderun.


David Wilson

For the BCC Team

Dear friends

                   I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  (Psalm 91:2)


The town of Mardin, located in South-eastern Turkey, was already in existence at the time of Daniel. Its name in the Syriac/Assyrian Aramaic language and Roman is Marida or Merida which translates as "Fortress".


                               The monastery of Dayrulzafaran, established in the 5th Century near to Mardin.

We can think of a fortress as a metaphor of God’s protection for his people: a safe place to hide from our enemies, a shelter of refuge and and a stronghold. One of the best loved hymns in the Lutheran tradition and sung among Protestants is “A Mighty Fortress.” It has been called the “Battle Hymn of the Reformation”. 500 years ago, Luther aimed to conquer his fear of his oppressors and their selective distorted information. He declared his conscience captive to the faith which is a gift of God and said that the righteousness of God comes to us through His promise when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

We can think of God as a fortress as he protects his people. He sees our every move and looks into the depths of our souls. He watches out for the approach of our enemy or other things that may cause us troubles while they are yet far away. 

The history of the early 20th Century in Mardin was very sad for the Syrian, Armenian and Kurdish people who saw bloodshed and massacre. The inhabitants were scattered and never had the chance to return.

Since then, most of the Syrian Orthodox churches have closed their doors and the one remaining Chaldean Syrian church in the town centre, which has been there since AD 396, has only one priest left and after him they will not be able to run this church any longer.

There is a Protestant church building in Mardin which dates from a revival in the 19th Century, was closed for a hundred years. because of persecution and the conflict between the government and the Kurds. 

Pastor Ender, our brother, was appointed to be in charge of the small congregation of the Protestant Mardin church.The building has been restored and reopened in the last 5 years and now has a small meeting of believers. They were planning a celebration for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the end of October, with a Turkish choir and orchestra and an International choir, and they asked Sunhee and the BCC office staff to help organise this city event. In just a short time Sunhee and the BCC office staff were able to pull together a 40 member choir, who not only performed at the celebration last Tuesday but did open air evangelism in the town square and a shopping centre on a couple of days before!

The celebration was held in a local hotel and was attended by about 500 guests, including civic dignitaries. In addition of the musical pieces there were messages from Pastor Levent from Istanbul, Pastor Ender, and the Syrian Orthodox Bishop Gabriel.


 A local orchestra and choir from Mardin praised God and presented their chants and the Lord’s Prayer in five different languages: Aramaic, Armenian, Syrian Aramaic, Kurdish and Turkish. They also joined together with the International choir in  “Amazing Grace” and the “Hallelujah Chorus,” which brought all the audience to their feet in reverence to God. For a hundred years they had never been able to worship God in a public place, even though the enemy may have taken over the places that were once dedicated to the worship of God.

We know that God will not only deliver his people out of their troubles in due time, but he confirmed his word and His promise when he came in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our fortress, our defence and the strength of our hope. 

Even though the people may be afraid to be known as Christian and ashamed of their faith, Martin Luther’s legacy for the righteousness of God is being revealed in Mardin and reaches out into people’s lives through the Holy Spirit. This mighty fortress is being proclaimed in Mardin and there is no-one like our God, who is our fortress yesterday, today and forever. 

Please pray for God to continue to work in Mardin, especially in the hearts of those who attended the celebration.

Many thanks for your support and partnership.

Sunhee Kim Grice

on behalf of the BCC team


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