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