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Zonguldak, Samsun, Karabük do you know where they are? What about Iğdır and Ağrı, Gümüşhane, Erzincan and Bingöl? Well they are all provinces, cities or towns in Turkey.

Turkey has 81 provinces; Samsun,Zonguldak and Karabük are located on   the north western Black Searegion, whereas Trabzon is north eastern Black Sea. Iğdır and Ağrı are situated very close to the Iranian border.

From the middle of 2011 through to December 2012, in a project called the “1881 Project” where various groups working with the Bible Correspondence Course took the message of the gospel to all 81 provinces across Turkey in 18 months.

The project is finished now, seeds have been planted all across Turkey all we need now ıs for God to pour refreshing “His Living Water” on them and make them grow into “Oaks of Righteousness”!

That doesn’t mean that the job is done, because even though each province has been visited, it may have only been one or two towns in a particular province, so there is more to do and places to go!

It may also be said that in some of the places visited it was easy to give away free Incils (New Testaments) and DVDs, but what about the eastern provinces like Iğdır and Ağrı, Gümüşhane, Muş and Erzincan? Would those places be too conservative Muslim to want to know what the bible says or discover God’s plan for salvation through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross?

Well the encouraging news from enquiries coming into the BCC in the past few weeks and months is that the people living in the eastern provinces of Turkey do want to know what the bible says and discover God’s plan for salvation and who Jesus is!!  Some of the places we have received enquiries from include Zonguldak, Samsun, Hatay, Diyarbakır, Karabük, Aksaray, Erzincan, Muş,  Gümüşhane, Trabzon, Şanlıurfa, Malatya, Ağrı, Iğdır and Bingöl and Kılıs.

Yes there have been enquiries from the Istanbul and Ankara, along with other towns in the central and western provinces also, but it is the eastern provinces which are responding since the visits in the latter half of 2012 which give me and others hope that God is not only working in one part of this vast country but He is also seeking to touch the lives of the people across the whole of Turkey, from the borders with Greece and Bulgaria in the west, to the eastern borders with Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Please pray for the people of the eastern provinces and ask God to water the seeds planted and bring them into relationship with Him.

I have been helping the Thursday Packing Team at the BCC (Bible Correspondence Course) in Istanbul Turkey for over three years now. In fact it was all I ever wanted to do when I came to Turkey. But what exactly is the Thursday Packing Team?

A group of men and women, all volunteers both young and old alike assemble every Thursday in the BCC office in Kadiköy. Sometimes we have people who come to help from other countries involved in a short-term mission programme, from countries such as the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Romania, the United Kingdom and many others. The number of packages varies each week, in the past we have had as many as 600, but usually the number is around 200 new enquiries each week.

The day together usually starts with prayer, for the Muslims who have requested the packages we send out. Sometimes an Incil (New Testament), maybe a dvd, such as “More than Dreams”, as well as other books that will help them find out who Jesus is and show them that our creator Father God seeks relationship with them, not ritual!

Each member of the team will take a list with the names of enquirers and the items they have requested, and write the letters to each person and then make up the package. Over the years the members of the group has changed, but the aim remains the same, to get the message of the gospel of Christ out to Muslims across Turkey and beyond.

The BCC is an amazing ministry, something like 55% of Muslims in Turkey have come to faith in Jesus in part through the work of the BCC. Sometimes the package doesn’t reach its intended recipient. One man requested an Incil, when he received it, he threw it in a dustbin in the grounds of a hotel. But God used that situation and a lorry driver rummaging through the dustbin found the package and began reading the Incil. He later called the BCC and subsequently came to faith!

During the weeks I have been involved we have had visiting film crews from Korea and the USA who have come to see the work in progress, then take the film back to their home countries and share it with believers there so that they too can be involved in prayer for the expansion of the work.

So if you are a believer with a heart for Turkey and the BCC and you are in Istanbul on a Thursday and want to find out more, or come and help, give us a call. You would be very welcome!

Lydia is 27 years old and grew up in the South of Turkey. When she was 8 years old someone (probably the BCC) sent the Jesus film and a New Testament to her family. They watched the Jesus film together and she wanted to know more but she was afraid to tell her family. In religion class at school she longed for the religion teacher to teach about Jesus but she never did. One day her school went on a trip to the mosque. She heard that it was God's house and a place of peace, but she couldn't find peace and was very discouraged. For a long time she used wondered who God and Jesus were.

After she moved to a big city with her family they visited a Catholic church and she was amazed to feel the peace of God's presence there. She found our website. She felt what she was reading there was true and visited it for two years. She was hesitant to write to us but eventually after researching she contacted us to us to say she wanted to follow Jesus. Some of the women from our office visited her and explained about Jesus and the Holy Spirit. She was ready to accept Jesus and now wants to go to church.

Please pray for Lydia and pray for those who are on the road but still haven’t arrived at their final destination.