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