Dear Friends,

People who come to faith in Turkey come from all types of different backgrounds, sub-cultures, and ages but we can generalize by saying most of them are under 30 years of age and come to faith from nominal Muslim backgrounds or have left Islam completely. Those who come directly from a devout Muslim background are by far in the minority. There are the exceptions and we will be sharing the testimony of one of those this month...

*Muhammed is the Imam of a mosque in a north western province of Turkey. He, of course, knows the Koran well. For this reason, through deep study of the Koran, he was able to see the many contradictions and because it didn't reflect the true character that he longed for in God he descended to the poınt of being a Deist. Because of this, he connected wıth us to learn about the person of Jesus by visiting our church. While doing his duties as a İmam he would often come into contact with Christians and it caused him to wonder. He couldn't visit us in our church because of the stigma of being an İmam but we talked often on the phone. A few days ago he came to us and told us he had finally trusted in Jesus totally and given his life to him. I told him that he reminded me of Nicodemus and how he was doing his İmam duties like the Pharisee Nicodemus and at the same time came to believe in Jesus. He plans to continue doing his imam duties for 2-3 more years until his retirement. His family is extreme Muslim and for now, he will continue his duties in the mosque and we will continue to meet for study and prayer outside of church meetings. We will share with you in the near future the way ahead we see with Muhammed. Pray for wisdom.

*Figen is a woman who comes from a very nominal background lives in the same area as Muhammed. She showed interest by contacting the BCC and we called her. She is a geological engineer. When we first called her she was in a spiritual search for truth and was also longing to fill the spiritual emptiness in her heart. She lives with her family since divorcing her husband 3 years ago. Our first meeting was very positive and she asked many questions about the Bible. She began to join the activities of our church (i.e. women's meeting, Bible Study, etc. 3 months ago she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour and is now a regular member of our church.

Pray for the many others seeking truth, that like Muhammed and Figen they would discover true joy and fulfilment that can only be found in the Lord Jesus!

*Names changed


David Wilson

For the Bible Correspondence Course Team