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In February, after four years of prayer and searching, the BCC, along with TACO, finally purchased a building for its ministry operations.

The new building is centrally located and has much more floor space for the various planned expansions. The building is in need, however, of major renovations, which we plan to begin doing, both with hired contractors and Christian volunteers, over the course of the next few months.


Please pray for the measure issue of getting all the present renters out of the building so that we can move in.

Blessings,

The BCC Leadership Team

Dear Friends,

This month we want to pray for 2 people and two areas of Turkey. Erzurum is known as one of the darkest and most unreached areas of Turkey and the Northeast of Turkey is considered the least reached quarter of the country. Sakarya is in the Northwest area of Turkey and has a population of around 250,000 with less than 5 known believers.


From Erzurum

We met with *Ercan last night for about an hour.  He is a Kurdish man orginally from Agri, but studying here in Erzurum.  He seemed like a very nice and sincere guy.  He has left Islam, even saying it’s the last religion on earth he would ever choose.  He appears to have become an atheist for a time, but now believes in the existence of a Creator.  He has read the Incil, and he asked us for a whole Kutsal Kitap, which we promised to give him.  At the moment, though, he doesn’t find Christianity persuasive.  But he is searching for answers and is open to meeting again.  I gave him the book Gercegin Izinde, which he said he would read.

From Adapazaari (Sakarya)

*Oguz grew up in a religious and conservative family, and his father graduated from a Islamic seminar 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, his views of Islam suddenly changed and he began to question the teaching of Koran.  He had suspicions about the teaching of Islam, especially with the beliefs of the Incil (the New Testament) being changed and tainted.  He questioned whether God could allow the Incil to be changed.  For several years, he studied about Islam and the life of Mohammed more seriously and found out many inconsistencies.  Soon afterward, he began to seek the truth in Christianity.  He began to read about Christianity on the internet and had courage to request a New Testament and course from the BCC.  In August 2014, I was able to connect with Oguz, and he had many questions about the life of Jesus Christ and Christianity.  We began to study the Scriptures, both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  After studying the Scriptures for 3 months, he decided to receive Jesus Christ and he desires to be baptized in the spring.  At this moment, Oguz is going through one on one discipleship with me and he has joined our house group.  In December, he shared his testimony for the first time to some Sakarya University students, who are also seeking the Lord.  His favourite praise song is Kutsal Ruh ile dolunca.....(When the Holy Spirit fills .......).   I am praying that Oguz will grow mightily in the Lord and that the Lord will use him for His purpose.  Please keep Oguz in your prayers.

*Names changed

Blessings,

For the BCC Team

 

 Imagine thousands of Muslims streaming to a church for prayer...

One of the most exciting outreaches of the whole BCC year is April 23rd when tens of thousands of Turks travel to the ‘Big Island’ in Istanbul, climb the hill to an ancient Greek monastery and pray for a blessing. Folklore has it that if you visit the monastery and light a candle or run an unbroken piece of string from the bottom of the hill up to the monastery, you will receive an answer to your prayer.

Every year the number of Christian volunteers who join this outreach increase – this year nearly 300 believers from more than a dozen churches across the country came together to distribute Bibles, do creative evangelism, preach publically and offer prayer for people.   It was a blessing to have so many because good weather brought out more than 70,000 people to the island.

The requests for prayer were predictably the same: Good luck, marriage, richness, and health. Sometimes it was a mother who brought their son or daughter for prayer, either for blessings, good grades, or for a particular health problem.

Andrew, one of the volunteers writes:

“I started off at one stall we had set up near the jetty offering bibles to new arrivals. Many rejected, but then many also accepted. The police came, but amazingly our pastors had all the right paperwork and after checking our papers they left us alone for the day. 10am our stall had given out all its Bibles, so we walked up the hill past 6 more of our stalls, each also giving out Bibles and a simple tract entitled "The kind of prayer God will hear." By the time they reached our final station, the Muslim pilgrims seemed more acclimatized to Christians playing a central role in the day and more likely to accept things. At the final station we had a big sign offering prayer. People began to respond – and a queue suddenly formed as they lined up for prayer.  I prayed for one boy who was mostly blind in one eye, a girl who had some serious problem with her head, a woman who had had two miscarriages, another who had neck problems and hand problems (perhaps arthritis).

I learned to pray for them that they would seek God's plan for their lives, and God would bless them with spiritual richness rather than necessarily worldly riches - the kind of richness that the world can never take away from them. That more than just worldly romance, they would discover what it means to have their hearts filled with God's love; and they would be a light as this love wells up and overflows from their lives.

When I finished praying for each one, there would be a crowd of locals all clambering to be the next ones to be prayed for. After several hours of praying, I began to tire, but how can you turn away a crowd of Muslims wanting prayer? They were amazed and deeply touched by our prayers, sometimes to the point of tears – they had just never heard prayers like this before. One of the pastors told us 10 people said to him “We've been looking for you all day. Last year you prayed for us and everything you prayed came true." Four said they wanted become believers and attend his church.”

More than 8000 New Testaments were distributed, thousands of tracts and other booklets and thousands of people heard the good news and/or were prayed for.

Not a bad day's work. :)


Video link of the event: http://youtu.be/yX0Z_BBW4sQ

Blessings

From the BCC Team