Dear Friends,

Thanks for your commitment to pray for the BCC. Here are some stories and prayer points for the month of August:

Istanbul

Omar and Hasan

Omar's parents, concerned about his life direction, and wanting him to have good connections, began sending Omar to an Islamic cult while he was in high school. Omar was in that group for a couple of years, and was turned off by it. He began researching other religions and received a NT from the BCC

        

He met a few people from our church and began doing lessons. One of the first times he came, he brought a friend, Hasan, with him. Omar believed several months later. A couple weeks ago I got word that Omar's mother told him she had been having him followed. He left the house in anger, and went to stay with a friend. As I knew that the people he was closest to at church were out of town, I offered to get together and talk about his situation. When he came he brought Hasan with him. Hasan was diagnosed with anger problems when he was 5 so his family signed him up for martial arts lessons in the hope that that would help him control his anger. He's been quite successful in martial arts competitions but said, "they thought the discipline of martial arts would be good for me, but I live with the desire for the adrenaline that comes from fighting." I asked what he had done with what he knew about Jesus, and his response was, "He died for me and my sins." Both Omar and Hasan are keeping their faith secret from their families, and we don't know how long that will last, and are afraid of what their families might do when they find out. We looked at Jesus' great love for us on the cross and at what he said about expecting persecution. As they left Hasan said, "It will not be easy, but God will be with us." Please pray for a wisdom beyond their years as they are just starting out on their journey in difficult circumstances.

 

Bayram from our BCC Team made a visit along with 2 other brothers to the most remote province of Turkey (Hakkari) and was able to visit with some BCC contacts that had been waiting for months, and in some cases, years for a visit. Here are some of those you can pray for:

 

 

Hakkari

Murat

18 years old. His heart was very open to hear the good news and he asked very good questions. He didn't want us to leave when it was time to go so we set up another meeting and met again with him even though he was also sick. We gave him some books and even though he is in such a remote place he needs continued follow-up. We will keep in contact.

Uğurcan

17 years old. We met in his father's glassware shop where he works together with his father Ferhat. Both of them were very open to hearing the gospel. Ferhat goes regularly to the mosque but has read the New Testament. We spoke and shared openly and left some books for them to read.

Mehmet

When we called he said he wanted to meet with us and we set up a meeting. He lives in a very remote town. and we passed many military and police checks to get there. We had very long checks along the road. All of that and Mehmet didn't show up for the visit. We prayed for the town and then returned.

Cumhur

We met with him and his barber friend in the city of Hakkari. He is very intelligent and well read. We talked a long time and will keep in contact and send more books for them to read.

Thanks for your prayers for these individuals. Especially pray for the province of Hakkari, truly one of the most, if not the most, unreached provinces of Turkey!

God bless you all!

David Wilson

For the BCC Team