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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

     because the Lord has anointed me

     to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

     to proclaim freedom for the captives

     and release from darkness for the prisoners

Isaiah 61:1

Dear Friends,

This verse has often been used to talk about proclaiming freedom to "spiritual" captives and release from darkness for spiritual prisoners, and rightly so, but it is also true for those who are true captives who are literally locked and bound in literal cells and for prisoners who are truly spending their lives in literal darkness.

We have been able to reach many prisoners through the years who see our ads. In fact the quality of response from prisons has always been far greater than the normal man in society. This is not abnormal since the one locked in a prison often is much more open to think about the sin in their own hearts and has much free time to ponder the meaning of life.

Here's the translation of a short letter we recently received from an inmate in Muğla. 

Dear Brothers,

I tasted the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. I accepted him as my Lord and Saviour, and repented confessing all my sins. Brother *Mehmet Paul [another course student and believer in the same prison] helped me to believe in and know our Lord, and he baptized me in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I chose Christianity with my own free will and desire. In the past they always described Christianity to me in a bad light, however
it turns out the bad ones were those who were telling me these things.

In any case, the Lord showed me grace, called me and brought Mehmet to meet me.

He saved me and gave his blood for me on Calvary. I'm requesting that you send me one New Testament and other books for me to grow in my faith.

I'm really happy and at peace because I'm the Lord's child.

Thank you in advance,

*Sedat

Please pray for those who are in prison in Turkey, that God would lead them to open their hearts and minds to seek the true God who is always waiting for the Prodigal to return to Him.

*Names changed

Blessings,

From the BCC Team

Dear Friends

One of the follow-up teams in the Izmir area, a local church, have been faithfully following up BCC contacts and also regularly host creative outreaches. We recently received the following report from them...

We recently met with *Ömer and shared the Gospel with him. He was overjoyed at meeting us and hearing the good news. We encouraged him and he will be attending our fellowship on Sunday and we will be meeting on a weekly basis in the coming weeks.

I have other news: *Burak has also recently decided to follow Jesus. We have been meeting for a long time and he created some problems along the way, but praise God he has asked for forgiveness, come to faith and his heart is changing which is seen by the fruits of the Spirit coming alive in his life. Praise the Lord for Burak!

In addition Burak's mother has also come to faith recently. Last Sunday we shared the gospel with her (*Şenay) and she cried in repentance and believed. She told us what really caused her to change and know that Jesus was alive and true was the change she saw in her son. When she saw the unbelievable change in her son's life it caused a "wonder" to awaken in her heart. In her own words, "I thought my son could never change but I saw this wonderful change with my own eyes and I knew Jesus was true."

Praise the Lord for saving these 2 precious souls.

In addition here is a report from 2 nights of outreach in Izmir with the same group of believers:

That night we knew we would not have power available so we set up a street show running on battery power in the park-like area along the sea-side called the "Kordon". As we began our show we quickly drew an audience of passers-by. Several folks were inebriated and one in particular decided that she wanted to join our show. The rest of the audience graciously bore with the distraction and listened to the music and testimonies, as well as watched the drama. At the end of the show many people rushed the survey table and many stayed to talk. After a couple of days we returned to İzmir for another show. We had everything set up and were about to start when a policeman walked up. Someone had complained that we were on the grass. He said we could move anywhere in the area as long as it was off the grass. On the other side of the little hill we quickly set up in a huge paved area with a big statue in the middle. On the grassy side of the hill we had an audience of about 100 people but within moments of moving to the other side of the hill our audience more than quadrupled. The thing that Satan sent to discourage us is the thing God used to reach out to hundreds more people.

*Names changed

Thanks for your prayers for these people and events!

From the BCC Team

Dear friends

Follow-up Adventures with the BCC

This month we are sending you a report from two women who follow-up women enquirers around the country who fall through the cracks of our regular follow-up system. Enjoy the wonderful report below and pray as you feel led...

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labour. 1 Corinthians 3:6,8

With the millions of people living in Turkey, how do you find those open to Jesus? One way is through the Bible Correspondence Course. Advertised in newspapers and on the web, searching individuals throughout Turkey request free New Testaments and Christian books, and we help call them to see if they would like to meet to talk more. This fruitful week encouraged us so much.

Despite so many foreigners visiting the Muğla province, no one there is willing to initially follow up these contacts. Here are some stories of our encounters.

Fethiye:

We stayed with a contact, *Mümine, we met last year. Pray for her to seriously seek after God. Mümine introduced us to her friend *Gülden who was very curious to meet us. When we told her we had come to meet with people interested in Jesus, she became even more curious. She told us how her husband would read the New Testament but she was scared to touch it. "But I don't think reading it is a sin anymore," she confessed. Mümine told her she could have one of her New Testaments, and we encouraged them to read together. Pray for them!

*Sevinç met us at a cafe and shared that she is definitely not part of the majority religion, and is in search of what is true. She is seeking truth after being disgusted by seeing many people here live two faced lives. Now Sevinç feels a great responsibility to raise her young daughter well, and give her freedom to choose what to believe. We got to share how our faith is about knowing God and having a relationship with Him. The way we live our lives is according to His Word and in response to His love for us. As it says "For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." Please pray for her to make reading the Word a priority.

Marmaris:

Last year, we baptized a contact there. We were thrilled to meet with her again and see how much she has grown. She is meeting with the believers in the small house church there and experiencing God's freedom and provision. Continue to pray for her.

Bodrum:

As we got to know *Pervin, a BCC contact, she told us she was done with Islam. She wanted to change religions. Her knowledge of what "Christianity" is was a bit shaky, so we walked her through the Gospel letting God's Word speak for itself. She readily admitted being a sinner, and marvelled at God's love in sending Jesus, God's Son, to die a terrible death for us. "So what must I do to be saved?" She asked. She read Romans 10:9, and put her faith in Jesus, thanking God for His salvation! We connected her to the local church yesterday, and she seemed to enjoy it even hanging out with everyone afterwards. Praise God for our new sister! Pray for her as she grows in her new faith.

*Names Changed

Blessings

From the BCC Team