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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

Dear Friends,

These days there is news of quite a number coming to faith in Turkey through various means? Of course media and the internet have an important role in this. One of the tools God is using is Facebook. It's interesting how media tools are not good or bad but how they are used is the key to their use for evil or for good. In that context God's Spirit is moving through these tools to bring many to himself, I'm guessing this is true in the Muslim world more than anywhere.

Below are the stories of two who have been reached through the medium of Facebook:

BAKİ – Ankara

 

*Baki comes from a very religious Muslim family. When he first entered our Facebook page he insulted and made fun of Christianity. *Turhan, who works as a volunteer with the BCC, started writing with Baki and received many insults and curses. From the beginning he responded with nothing but words of love and patience. In time Baki's heart was softened and he began to respond in a more pleasant manner. As time continued to pass he began to show more interest and asked more probing questions with a genuine interest to learn. He even started to defend us against others who responded negatively on our Facebook page. Turhan gave him his phone number and they started talking on the phone regularly. He lives in Ankara and was put in touch with one of the churches there. He started to go there and is now receiving lessons about the Christian faith.

MUSTAFA – Adana

   


*Mustafa's responses on our Facebook page started to draw my attention. He was always defending us against the insults and attacks of others. I gave him my phone number and he called me and we continued to talk regularly on the telephone and I patiently answered his questions. This continued for about a month. He told me he worked in a hospital and for this reason he was fearful about attending a Christian meeting. I continued to encourage him to meet with a group of believers and eventually was able to introduce him to a group of believers in the city of Adana. He started meeting with them although he said it was sometimes difficult to go on Sundays because he often works on Sundays. He has made a profession of faith now but still is shy about meeting with other believers. He is married and has a family and knows he must count the cost if he follows Jesus. Pray that his mustard seed faith will grow into a long-term solid faith in Jesus.

Please continue to pray for the many who are searching for truth through vehicles such as Facebook. That many, many who lives in darkness will find the light through their quest for truth via the internet.

Blessings

From the BCC Team

*Names changed

Dear Friends,

Traditionally Konya is the "Islamic" capital of Turkey and thus one of the most difficult areas for the gospel to penetrate and grow. There are 2-3 small meetings happening with probably a maximum of 10 believers in this city of over a million people. In the last year 2 people have come to faith as a result of contact with the BCC. A few have made professions through the years but because of all the barriers to true faith in Christ they either move or fall away. Here is the story of one (Ahmet) who recently has chosen the way of Jesus:

My name is Ahmet. I was born and raised in a Muslim society and often read the Koran and went to the Friday prayer's from time to time. I fasted faithfully during Ramadan but as a muslim my spirit was nonexistent. I felt like my worship was empty and I didn't have a handle on real truth. I lived a meaningless life and committed every type of sin. I was unable to find any answers to my questions. I had a very proud personality and knew nothing of love or brotherhood. I thought Jesus was just a prophet. I thought the Bible had been changed and I was told it was no longer valid. The people around me were afraid of Christianity. But I admired the character of Jesus. He was a perfect man. I started to read the Bible and as a read I began to see the truth and understood that Jesus was the the Christ and the son of God. As I continued reading the Bible and praying the emptiness in my heart began to be filled. I was growing close to the Lord. As time passed I became a happier, more peaceful person. I was able to see how much God loved us. I was very impressed by the fact that Jesus died for our rebelliousness and sins. I began to leave my evil practices and my faith began to increase. Jesus taught me how to love others. Today I am being baptized and I'm very happy. From now on I will be one who believes in Jesus reading the Bible, praying, serving and spreading the gospel. My life will be lived in Jesus Christ.

Pray that Ahmet will remain solid in his faith and grow into a strong follower of Jesus and for the dark city of Konya.

Blessings

From the Bible Correspondence Team