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A few weeks ago I wrote about the Thursday Packing Team at the Bible Correspondence Course, which meets to make up the parcels of Incils, other books and DVDs that are sent out weekly to seeking Turkish Muslims.

But there is more to the BCC than just the packing team. The BCC is a registered charity or (dernek in Turkish). There is a chairman and a committee of about 16 members made of a mix of mature Turkish believers and International workers. In addition the BCC has a leadership team made up of about 5 BCC staff who make decisions on the way the BCC is run.

The four rooms along with the tiny kitchen and a toilet which make up the BCC office are more than a little cramped and chaotic at times, but all the people involved have deep hearts for sharing the gospel.

The office is run by Suna the manager, who supervises both BCC staff and volunteers. There Atakan and Zeynep deal with telephone enquiries and data entry, another guy Tom* who handles the prison ministry. The BCC get quite a number of requests from the inmates of Turkish prisons, a number of whom have come to faith.

Another important person in the BCC is the cook called Yağmur*This lady has only been with us for a while, the previous cook left. But Yağmur* in the short time she has been with us has prepared some fabulous food.

On top of all that there are the two Peters* who deal with IT issues, not just the everyday duties of keeping everything running, but website development, adverts for the newspapers, Google ads and the BCC websites, Facebook page and the chat-rooms, allowing Turks to communicate with believers about difficult questions they may have.

On top of all that there is the task of ordering and re-ordering Incils, and other books and DVDs that can be a massive task, at the moment the Incil is probably going out in every package, so we always need to keep a track on current stock.

We also have Emine* who deals with money, on a day to day basis for the BCC, as well Pauline* who spends a good amount of her time raising awareness about the financial needs of the BCC for future programmes and development.   

Names changed*

Have you got skills in web design or Graphic design and reach out to Turkish Muslims?

Pray that God would provide Webpage designers, Graphic designers and funds to ensure that the BCC will continue to "reach the unreached" in Turkey!!

 

A couple of weeks ago, I was staying in this place called Sakintepe with friends and I heard the calls of a Cuckoo for the first time in 2013. What is unusual about that you may ask? Nothing really, Sakintepe is set in countryside set in mountains and forests, you would expect to hear cuckoos!

What got me thinking when I heard the call was actually about adoption? The Cuckoo is not a good parent because, although it produces an egg, it actually lays the egg in another birds nest. The other bird has no idea that the egg belongs to the Cuckoo, but once the egg is hatched it adopts the bird, feeding it and attending to its needs until it’s fledged and flies away.

Our father God; is in a way like the adopting bird of the Cuckoo egg. After the world has ‘dumped us’ and left us in a mess, it is our father God who rescues us, and when we ask Him to come into our lives, he adopts us into his family.  In fact if you read Ephesians 1 and 2, it tells us that God chose us before the world began and that we are not just adopted, but considered as heirs of God’s riches. I think this is amazing! That God would want to take a wretch like me, going to such lengths to save me from the horror of eternal separation from the creator God.

To think that the living God considers me worth saving, and not only that, but making available to me his riches, which are beyond measure to me as a son, and not just an adopted son, but a son; a full member of his family.

This may appear to be like an offer that is too good to be true. But that is exactly what our father creator God does for us.  That’s why he sent Jesus to die for my sin, your sin, for everyone’s sin. But it doesn’t stop there, because He is also seeking relationship with us.

And this is the idea we are trying to get across to Turkish Muslims through the Bible Correspondence Course.  That this loving, living father God is seeking relationship with them and that it is not about ritual, (Dinin Ötesınde, this means ‘Beyond Religion’, and is one of the books offered as part of the course).

So please continue to pray for the Turkish people, that they would discover the wonder of this relationship and enter into it, wholeheartedly.    

The Bible Correspondence Course (BCC) based in Istanbul Turkey has been going for 50 years now, a lot has happened in the time since it was set up in 1962. From its beginnings of sending out letters to addresses listed in the Istanbul telephone directory asking Muslims, "Have you ever read the Incil?" To the years following and up until the present day.  A wide range of Incils,  literature and DVDs are made available to enquirers seeking answers to questions they have about Jesus, faith and God.  Muslims cannot understand the mystery of believers having  a relationship with the 'living God,' as their faith is based on ritual.

This way of reaching Muslims in Turkey has worked very well for most of the 50 years the BCC has existed, but it is very much a ‘print based culture’. Over the last couple of years it has become more and more obvious that there is a real need to change the emphasis more towards a digital culture which aims to engage people through pictures and video, some people would say this is an agnostic responsive method of moving forward!

In layman’s terms, photos and video that aim to get a response to the questions the subject is asking. Today the BCC’s Turkish websites and it’s Facebook page which has something in excess of 31,000 ‘likes or followers!'  They have reached these figures, which will hopefully continue to grow by producing material which questions how and what people think about faith in God.  

In 2012 the BCC ran an advertising campaign which did just that, it asked Muslims the question about their beliefs “Ya yanlış Biliyorsak” (“What if what we believe is false?”) and through it the BCC certainly got a response! It wasn’t always the response we were looking for, but it certainly challenged Turkish people and what they believe.

Now with the advances in technology we are able to reach not just people using “Facebook and Twitter”, but mobile phones, Ipads in fact a full range electronic receiving devices where we can ‘tailor’ the content and size of the message which is sent out. I suppose it is a bit like being measured for a suit, its custom built to each individual user.

So in the coming years the BCC will continue to move away from print based projects, and instead develop the online correspondence course, while also producing more thought provoking photos and short video clips which will impact Muslims, not just in Turkey but across the world, who are seeking to know more about Jesus, the Saviour who was born to them and died to save them.

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Pray that God will provide the right people, webpage and graphic designers along with translators to work on these projects.

Pray that God will give wisdom and insight to staff at the BCC as they seek to reach out to Muslims across the globe.

Pray that God will provide funding for the various programmes being developed.

Pray that God will continue to pour out “dreams and visions” on the people of Turkey.