Dear Friends,

This month we will focus on women being reached through the BCC in Turkey. We will start with a beautiful testimony and then show you a couple of charts showing the number and percentages of women who have written into the BCC in the last 9 years with a special focus on the month by month figures of women who have contacted us in 2018 to get our course and materials. Please focus your prayers on Turkish women this month as the Lord leads you.

Sila - Istanbul

"It was my second time meeting with Sila, and today we were spending time in the first chapter of John, discovering more about Jesus and what it means to follow him. From outward appearances I would have guessed Sila to be a devout follower of Islam but I knew from the little time we had spent together that she was falling in love with Jesus. She wore a headscarf, dressed as a conservative, and yet carried her New Testament with her wherever she went, underlining and highlighting her favourite passages and sharing them with her family and classmates. Though she hadn’t yet fully given her life to Jesus, she had already begun her journey of discovering him in the Word and sharing him with others. Today, as we looked at this account of the disciples’ first encounter with Jesus, we noticed together how quick they were to bring others along in their journey of discovering him. Andrew immediately brought his brother Simon to Jesus, and Philip went to tell Nathanael that he had found the Messiah. When we got to the question of how we might obey this passage that week, Sila shared that she wanted to invite others in her life to “come and see” Jesus for themselves in the Word. She said, “Rather than trying myself to convince them, I can just invite them to read and see for themselves!”

From the beginning, Sila’s own journey has been one of reading and discovering Jesus on her own. Before we even met face to face for the first time, I asked her to read the book of Mark and answer the questions: “What did Jesus say? What did Jesus do? and What is Jesus asking me to do?” She arrived at our first meeting with a notebook filled with notes and questions from everything she had read, but when we got to that last question of what Jesus was asking her to do, it was simple in her eyes. “It seems like the only thing he’s asking of me is that I believe in him, that Iput my trust in him.” She wasn’t quite ready for this step, but asked for prayer that she would be ready soon. Much like Andrew and Philip in John 1, Sila herself is only newly discovering the person of Jesus, and while she doesn’t have answers to every objection or question, already she is inviting others to “come and see” with her. One of these friends that she shared verses with asked if he could read her New Testament when she was finished with it. When she met up with him recently to give him the New Testament, she gave him the same homework I had given her, to read Mark and answer those three questions. He would have to “come and see” for himself!"

Numbers/Percentage of women signing up for the BCC since 2010

Women Signing Up for the BCC in 2018 (by month) 22% 2018

God bless you all!

David Wilson

For the BCC Team