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Dear Friends,

These days we are getting many calls, e-mails, hits on our Facebook page and many chats a week on our chatline. Recently we had over 400 initial people requestıng a course in one week and are more than doubling our response rate from last year.

Mass evangelism is great but we do it to find the ones, tens and hopefully the hundreds, who come to a transforming faith and become world changers!

Here are two brothers whom we hope are transferring into strategic world changers for God's kingdom in Turkey. Please pray for them and the many others who are on the road to the same decision.

Mahmut - Southeastern Turkey

"Hello, this my second message. In my first contact with you I didn't believe you would actually connect with me. A woman telephoned me and spoke a bit about Christianity. To be honest, because of my excitement and my Eastern accent I thought she might not really understand me.

In this message I will try to explain in a more understandable way why I want to become a Christian. My name is Mahmut. I was born in 1996 into a fanatic Muslim family who followed Sharia law. In my childhood I grew up hating Christians. From my father, and often from my mother, I would hear that Christians were infidels and that to kill them is a good deed and actually something that God approved of. I was told that they were ruthless and deprived of humanity.

I grew up throughout the time of my childhood hating Christians. At the age of seven, my father taught me how to do the ritual Islamic prayers, and when I missed prayer times, he yelled at me and often slapped me. When I came to the age of 10 I started Koran courses. When I couldn't memorise the verses, the imam would beat me with a stick and slap my ears. He wasn't singling me out but did this to all the students.

After about two years my father wanted me to leave my school and become a mullah (a Muslim learned in Islamic theology and sacred law).and after 6th grade he took me away from the school and now I completely devoted my life and committed my work to the Koran and Islam.

I had become very knowledgeable. I slowly saw how Fascist my beliefs had become and how many of my beliefs did not give me a chance to live life. When I was 15 years old I stopped praying. Most of the time I did not go to the Koran course and I finally left and I became an atheist. My family started to hate me excessively. My father had started to hate me and was calling me an infidel. He sent me to Istanbul to work and live alongside my brother thinking this might bring me to my senses but I eventually left my brother's side and started to work at an ironing factory. There I met a Christian who was very sincere and had escaped from the war in Syria and we became close frıends. A desire to be a Christian was birthed in my heart. I am now 21 years old and I really want to be a Christian. I want to hang out with Christian friends and live like a Christian. I do not know exactly what to do. I hope that you will be a guide to help me be a complete Christian. God protect you."

Mustafa - Istanbul (As told by a BCC follow-up worker)


“I met 'The Chef' in the spring of 2016. He had requested to meet with a believer through correspondence with the BCC. He is a young guy, 24 years old and recently graduated from culinary school. He was raised as a Muslim, but Islam didn’t really seem “right" to him. He didn’t feel in his heart that Islam was the truth.

During our meeting, he mentioned some extraordinary things. Since childhood, Jesus had come to him quite regularly in dreams. Also, whenever it was dark outside, and the call to prayer would sound, he would be overcome with fear and anxiety. He had even seen a psychiatrist and was taking medication for this. I suggested that reading God’s Word would be a good place to start. I gave him the complete Bible in Turkish and he was extremely appreciative. I also suggested to him that the next time he felt that anxiety, try reading Psalm 23.

A week later he texted me to say that he had again felt anxious the night before. As he read Psalm 23,he felt a calm and a peace wash over him. He said “With each line that I read, I completely felt like what I was reading was how I felt inside. His anxiety attacks rarely ever happen anymore!

Over the past year, we have met somewhat regularly to read and discuss Scripture. On January 18th, 2017 we were talking, and he was speaking as if he had accepted Christ as his Saviour. I asked if he had and his response was “yes.” He had confessed to God his sinful nature and acknowledged his faith in Jesus as his Saviour! I showed him the local Bible Society where he can find additional resources to read and his response was “This is great! Now I don’t have to order Bibles from the internet to give away.” I asked him how many he had purchased online and he said “I bought 10, but I only have 3 left.” God has transformed this once timid and anxious young man into a passionate proclaimer of the Gospel!"

Thanks for your prayers for the thousands seeking for the God of Life.

For the BCC Team

Dear Friends,

I thought I would follow-up on a blurb from last month's report with recent related happenings. Below is a paragraph from last month,

*Muhammed and his friends live in a very isolated area where there is no church in their province on the Iranian border in far Eastern Turkey. Next month a BCC follow-up worker living in the city of Van will be visiting them. Pray that God will prepare their hearts and give Muharrem the right words to speak to them.

Here is an update of what has happened since.

"It was a long trip, a 7 hour round trip. This city, known as a very conservative Muslim city, where we arrived at 2 pm and found the 6 university students were waiting for us to hear about the Gospel. We talked until 3am in the morning. They had a lot of questions about Christianity.

      

It was fruitful trip and we plan to go back on 23 May. They said there are 6 more students who are interested to hear from us about Christianity. 

    

Thank you for your prayers. God is working among them. Yesterday I talked to one of the students in this group and he said some people already are ready to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord. We are excited and amazed how things are going. I talked to Muhammed and 6 of the 12 students are ready to accept Jesus and they want to make a faith confession in our believer's meeting. Those 6 students are the ones we met on our trip last week. We hope to plant a house church in their city".

*Names changed

Blessings,

Thank you for your prayers,
 
The BCC Team

Dear Friends,

This year our numbers are way up from the last few years at this time. We will share more in our May update about some of the reasons for the increase.

This month I thought we would share with you *Yeşim's story:

Growing up, Yeşim's father gave her a New Testament and told her to read from both it and the Quran in order to decide for herself what she believed. She speaks of him as a very merciful and kind man and someone she greatly admired. She read off and on and was exposed to some foreigners who would come to a yearly religious conference. She worked as a server and tried to understand them during their meetings (in English). Looking back, she said even though she read the NT she didn't understand it very well.

About 3-4 years ago her dad passed away and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctors gave her a very short time to live and aside from surgery she didn't receive any further treatment. She was angry and claimed Atheism. One day as she was browsing the internet, in anger and desperation she remembers saying, "God if you are really out there show yourself to me!" Shortly after a facebook ad popped up with an offer to receive a free NT.

A worker initially spoke with her on the phone and met up with her December 2015. In the months following workers met with her to read. As she began to read the word she says she learned how to be thankful for life and began to understand and believe in a Creator and a God of great love. She is an avid reader and researches all of her questions. Her friends and family began to see great change in her life and she pointed back to the NT as the reason. Even before believing she was encouraging others to read the word and sharing what she was reading.

She began to slowly make statements of profession and believed sometime mid-late summer 2016. She is reading daily, sharing with her family and identifies and shares with her co-workers.

When she tells her story she says: "First God healed my body then he healed my soul."

In addition pray for *Muhammed who has been in contact with on our chatline. Here is a part of a recent conversation:

Muhammed: Me and my friends would like to meet you.

*Oğuzhan: We are Christians

Muhammed: We would like to spread the word of God and give New Testaments to all those who would like to read it. We are a group of 10-15 students who want to know more about Christianity and become Christians.

Oğuzhan: Wonderful! Have you ever read the Bible before? Where are you living?

Muhammed: I am from Urfa and while I was there and visited your website and received a New Testament and some other booklets. I was also able to meet with some of your friends there. Presently there is a group of us studying here in Ağrı (Ararat).

Oğuzhan: Great!

Muhammed: There is now a group of us here and we would like to meet and talk more.

Muhammed and his friends live in a very isolated area and there is no church in their province (Ağrı, on the Iranian border in far Eastern Turkey). Next month a BCC follow-up worker living in the city of Van (3 1/2 hours from Ağrı) will be visiting them. Pray that God will prepare their hearts and give Muharrem the right words to speak to them.

Thank you for your prayers,

* Names changed

Blessings

The BCC Team

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