Dear Friends,

This month we want to share the faith journeys of 4 people from the city of Izmir in Southwest Turkey. They are at different stages, just like all of us but please pray that the initial seeds sown in their lives will be continually watered by the Holy Spirit and they will become key ambassadors of God's Kingdom in their province and beyond!

Orhan

 

 

I talked with him on the telephone. Actually, I had talked with him before as he came to our church and joined our meeting. He later came to Christ but then met with some people from the Light Church and started going to their meetings. He wrote to our website again and requested materials and for that reason, I met him again several months ago. He let me know he will be getting baptized on January 14th.

 

 

 

Önder

I met with him in late 2017. He said that he wanted to have an opportunity to meet and talk but because of his work we couldn't meet on a Sunday. We then met one day during the week and I shared the gospel openly. I answered his questions. After asking me a few more questions he made a profession of faith and my wife and I began meeting regularly with the whole family and study the scriptures.

Then they came to church and started to go regularly. We were always in conversation and we were always answering questions and chatting. After a problem with major debt and financial hardship and having to work crazy hours to pay the debt they didn't come to church for several weeks. However, thanks to the photos he shared on social media, I realized that he did not work on Sundays but that his wife and he preferred to go to other places. Later I also understood that because of the financial problems he fell from faith and said to me, "Where was Jesus and why didn't he save me," and blamed God for his problems. In spite of this, they allowed us to continue to see them, going to their home, having tea and chatting with them and we were always able to pray for them before we left.

We have been talking on the phone and messaging each other. Last week, The latest news is that Gamze,  the wife, told my wife that God did a miracle in their lives and Önder wants to write a book about it.  She said they also want to start coming to church again. We continue to pray and hope that they will return fully to Jesus and regularly become part of the church again in the near future.

Melis


We initially started to talk through phone conversations and then she came to our meetings a few times but she didn't continue. Being a university student she joined the Christian youth groups on campus. Presently on her Facebook page, she has the logo of the Illuminati.


 

Ilhan

We talked for a short time and I answered some of his questions when we first met. Later on that same day he made a profession of faith. Actually, he showed up ready to believe. Because he lived quite a distance outside of Izmir he started going to a church closer to his area. We continue to talk on the phone regularly and I try to encourage him. He tells me how thankful he is to us as we spent time with him when he first believed and how important it was to him on his faith journey.

   

Thank you so much for your prayers for these friends and the many others who are discovering hope in Jesus Christ!

 

 Blessings,

David Wilson

For the BCC Team