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Dear Friends of the BCC,

In December the new BCC building was packed with BCC staff and volunteers for our annual Christmas party. Over 50 people gathered together to celebrate Jesus's birth with a carol service, sharing a meal and exchanging gifts, and theatre. It was a special time in this country where people do not know about Jesus and where Christmas Day is a normal work day. Many said that they felt the presence of God and remembered that Christ is the only way to true peace.

 

A story from our office

Last month we had a focus on praying for those in prison in Turkey. We received such a wonderful story in the last weeks, also connected to a prisoner, we thought it would be good to continue that thread with the following story:

"Jesus said, Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven." Matthew 18:19

Since Musa* became a believer, he never felt his prayers had the power to lead people to Christ. He prayed with his family, but that was only for their own blessing and protection. He did not feel able to pray with other people, for them to be healed from their pain and sorrow nor could he invite people to receive forgiveness of their sins. Last year he took early retirement and he began working at the Bible Correspondence Course office where he answers the telephones, offers free New Testaments, and prays with seekers for their salvation through Jesus Christ.

Every day, whether through online chat or phone calls, he talks to people about his faith. He feels that he is more and more able to depend on God and sees his faith become stronger as he shares the Gospel with lost people as a lost sheep who now is found.

He often shares his testimony how he became a Christian. It happened on a Saturday morning in 2000 when he went to the local shop to buy bread and a newspaper. He could not believe it when he saw Christian propaganda in the newspaper, offering a free New Testament. That was the start of the road which led him to start attending church and becoming a Christian with his family.

One day Musa spoke with a blind man on the telephone who is married and has two daughters, one of whom also has weak eyesight she inherited from her father. He is in an open prison serving a five year sentence, because he was involved in dealing with drugs. He had heard about Jesus Christ the Messiah who could save his life and asked his friend to help him to phone our office to find out more. While he was on the phone, Musa invited him to pray the Sinners’ prayer of repentance. His friend reads it to him every evening from the Bible we sent him and all the prisoners sharing his room listen to the word of God. Every two months he gets a break to go home and he invited Musa and Yesua from the BCC to his home in a small village. His wife and two daughters listened carefully and were full of joy to host the believers in their home.

God gave a breakthrough in this family's life and used Musa's testimony and obedience to bring more people into His Kingdom!

Blessings

From the BCC Team 

Dear Friends of the BCC,

 

On October 23rd *Deniz started working for the BCC.

Before the July coup attempt our online ads were yielding around 1000 visitors per day, and about 100 book requests per week.

Within 2 weeks of Deniz starting, our daily visitors were up over 2,500 visitors per day and over 250 book requests a week, and Deniz deserves the bulk of the credit.

He has worked tirelessly at SEO (“search engine optimization”) and creating “negative keywords” for our google ads campaigns and it has us yielding the best results we’ve had since 2012.

 

Kutsalkitap.org has never looked better!

*Names changed

Blessings

From the BCC Team

Dear Friends of the BCC,

Last month we had a focus on praying for those in prison in Turkey. We received such a wonderful story in the last weeks, also connected to a prisoner, we thought it would be good to continue that thread with the following story:



Z and her son met us when we got off the bus. As we awkwardly sat in a cafe close to the bus terminal sipping tea, I asked her how she began to be interested in the Holy Books. Actually, it was her husband who was interested, she explained. But he was in prison so he couldn't meet us. But she assured us he would call. Sure enough, after a few minutes he called. He explained how he had contacted the BCC in his wife's name because he wasn't allowed mail in prison. He has been talking to a brother in the BCC about everyday who has taught him a lot about Jesus.

"I want you to help my family," he begged. "We don't want your money, I just want you to tell them about salvation. Please, will you tell them about Jesus Christ!" I assured him I was more than happy to do just that. After I launched into the Gospel story, starting with creation for context, he called again to check that I was really telling them the way of salvation. After explaining the Gospel and sharing that receiving salvation is like receiving a gift, we showed her "The Prophet's Story" short video. "Look," she said to her son, "This is just like what she was telling us. " I asked a few questions to see if they understood who Jesus is and how we can be saved through him, but she didn't seem to really understand. Later, her husband called again to beg us to go to his house and share the gospel also with his other children and his grandchild. His daughter remembered watching the Jesus Film years ago, but didn't understand why Jesus needed to die. We watched "The Prophets' Story" with her too, and she paused it several times to comment on the message of sacrifice and atonement. When the children arrived, Z told us to show them the video too. Afterwards, I asked the kids why Jesus died. "For our sins!" one answered. "But what does that mean," I asked. "Jesus was the sacrifice for us," Z answered (she finally got it!!!). I told them from Romans 10:9 how we can be saved and asked if they wanted to put their faith in Jesus. "But what about our prophet?" one of the little ones asked. "What did he do for you?" I asked her. "Nothing," she replied. "What did Jesus Christ do for you?" I asked. "He died for me!" She answered. "Then I will believe in Jesus!" She proclaimed. I asked all of the family if they wanted to put their faith in Jesus, believing that he is Lord and He died and was raised to life making the way for them to be reconciled to God. "Yes! Yes! We believe!" They answered. "Now what do we do?" they asked.

Now you live your life full of thanksgiving for what he has done. Pray to Him. Ask him for anything. Read the NT to get to know him better, I shared. The children wanted to pray for their fathers eyes to be healed so we stopped and prayed right then. Soon the phone rang again, and their father's friend in jail wanted to talk to me. "How many NT's did you bring?" He asked. "Two," I answered. "Could you please leave one for me. I want to pick it up as soon as I am released," he said. Their father thanked us profusely for coming. God is really doing something new in this small town in the province of Afyon that has no workers or fellowship. Pray for this family to grow and be strengthened in their faith and to be reunited with their father as a whole family physically and spiritually.

Many or seeking God in these difficult times in Turkey. Pray that those who seek will find!

Blessings

From the BCC Team