Dear Friends,

This year our numbers are way up from the last few years at this time. We will share more in our May update about some of the reasons for the increase.

This month I thought we would share with you *Yeşim's story:

Growing up, Yeşim's father gave her a New Testament and told her to read from both it and the Quran in order to decide for herself what she believed. She speaks of him as a very merciful and kind man and someone she greatly admired. She read off and on and was exposed to some foreigners who would come to a yearly religious conference. She worked as a server and tried to understand them during their meetings (in English). Looking back, she said even though she read the NT she didn't understand it very well.

About 3-4 years ago her dad passed away and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctors gave her a very short time to live and aside from surgery she didn't receive any further treatment. She was angry and claimed Atheism. One day as she was browsing the internet, in anger and desperation she remembers saying, "God if you are really out there show yourself to me!" Shortly after a facebook ad popped up with an offer to receive a free NT.

A worker initially spoke with her on the phone and met up with her December 2015. In the months following workers met with her to read. As she began to read the word she says she learned how to be thankful for life and began to understand and believe in a Creator and a God of great love. She is an avid reader and researches all of her questions. Her friends and family began to see great change in her life and she pointed back to the NT as the reason. Even before believing she was encouraging others to read the word and sharing what she was reading.

She began to slowly make statements of profession and believed sometime mid-late summer 2016. She is reading daily, sharing with her family and identifies and shares with her co-workers.

When she tells her story she says: "First God healed my body then he healed my soul."

In addition pray for *Muhammed who has been in contact with on our chatline. Here is a part of a recent conversation:

Muhammed: Me and my friends would like to meet you.

*Oğuzhan: We are Christians

Muhammed: We would like to spread the word of God and give New Testaments to all those who would like to read it. We are a group of 10-15 students who want to know more about Christianity and become Christians.

Oğuzhan: Wonderful! Have you ever read the Bible before? Where are you living?

Muhammed: I am from Urfa and while I was there and visited your website and received a New Testament and some other booklets. I was also able to meet with some of your friends there. Presently there is a group of us studying here in Ağrı (Ararat).

Oğuzhan: Great!

Muhammed: There is now a group of us here and we would like to meet and talk more.

Muhammed and his friends live in a very isolated area and there is no church in their province (Ağrı, on the Iranian border in far Eastern Turkey). Next month a BCC follow-up worker living in the city of Van (3 1/2 hours from Ağrı) will be visiting them. Pray that God will prepare their hearts and give Muharrem the right words to speak to them.

Thank you for your prayers,

* Names changed

Blessings

The BCC Team