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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

Dear Friends,

In many countries the number of female believers vastly outnumbers male believers. Traditionally that has been exactly the opposite in Turkey. Men believers still outnumber women believers but the gap is narrowing as the rights of women in Turkey continue to grow and they are able to think and act more freely. With that in mind we want to share 2 short testimonies of women who have come to faith in recent months in Istanbul...

*Asuman

*Asuman had been researching Christianity for more than a year by doing correspondence courses with the BCC. When we first met we talked for almost 4 hours about the Trinity, baptism and many other topics in the Bible. She wanted to meet with other believers and experience church. My co-worker took her to church the next Sunday and gave her a Bible. She was very excited and shared the whole message of the sermon with me. She now attends a local church regularly. After a few weeks I asked her where she was at in her relationship with God. She said she wanted to follow Christ and we prayed together. She is continuing in her faith and has gone through the Alpha Course. She has told her ex-husband and children that she is a believer and is taking her kids to church regularly. She will be baptized this summer.

*Birce

Before calling a new contact I first send an e-mail. This is what I did with *Birce and before I could call her she called me within a few hours. She explained how she had a wonderful dream the same night she received a New Testament from the Bible Correspondence Course. In her dream she saw a deep dark sea. She was afraid but then Jesus came from heaven walking towards her and called her by name. She asked me, "I know Jesus is calling me. What should I do?" I told her that Jesus wanted to save her from the deep dark sea and he wants to get to know you. I told her if she wanted to meet face to face we could do that and then we could talk more about Jesus. The first time we met she was excited and told her story to me and that she believed in Jesus because of everything she was reading about him in the New Testament. After the meeting she sent me a message saying, "I have made my decision. I want to follow Jesus." At our second meeting we spent the whole time talking about the Bible and she wanted to come to church with me. She now talks about how much her life has changed and her family has seen the difference in her life. She is also sharing her faith with her friends and with her fiance who is also very interested. She was baptized on April 10th and continues to follow after Jesus with all her heart.

*Names changed

Blessings

From the BCC Team