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Dear Friends,

Here's a few people you can remember in prayer as they continue on the Father's way from various places around the country:

Orçun from İzmir


Suat met with him for 3 hours and he has accepted the Lord. His wife Güngör came to church with him, but she has not yet believed. We are soooo happy for him and that he is coming to Karataş church.

 

 

Oğuzhan from Afyon                                                                              

 

We met with Oğuzhan in Afyon. He is 32 years old and 1 1/2 years ago he believed but then turned away from the faith for a period but now has totally given himself to Christ. We studied from Matthew 5 and had a wonderful time.

 

 Saim - Giresun

 

Saim is in his 30's. He spent his childhood in İstanbul but after his father died he moved back to his home in Giresun with his mother. He now works in the office of one of the schools there. He eventually came to faıth ın Jesus. We have begun to do Discovery Bible Studies with him and also introduced him to the brothers in Trabzon.

 

 

 

Mehmet from Ağrı

Mehmet is a BCC student who came to faith last year and  would like prayer. His mother recently told him that he was no longer her son. His brothers and sisters are calling him, cursing him and saying it would have been better if he was an atheist. He was considered the spiritual father of his older brother's children after his older brother died. But he is not allowed to see his nephews and nieces anymore. He was also set to get a share of the families inheritance. He has been told he will not now receive that.

Mehmet's prayer: "Lord Jesus, I am you lost son. As you drew me to yourself draw my famıly to yourself and touch their hearts. You drew me to yourself and saved me Lord Jesus. Forgive me and give my brothers and myself strength in this regard. That we may be able to boldly proclaim the truth of your kingdom. Please touch the hearts of those who persecute us. We have come to you and you have sheltered us.

Ezgi from Nevşehir

 

Ezgi came to faith after a very difficult time of losing her father. She loved him so much and wanted to have him see her through her university graduation, and marriage, and children, etc. When she fell into depression she decided to look for "a Father's Love".

As she researched the Incil she found the Father's Love and salvation in Jesus. After having several dreams she was convinced that she needed to be baptized. She stepped out in faith and followed Jesus and was baptized into eternal life!

 

 

 

Blessings,

David Wilson

For the BCC Team

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

Blessings,

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.

Blessings,

David Wilson

For the BCC Team

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