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Follow-up Adventures with the BCC

This month we are sending you a report from two women who follow-up women enquirers around the country who fall through the cracks of our regular follow-up system. Enjoy the wonderful report below and pray as you feel led...

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labour. 1 Corinthians 3:6,8

With the millions of people living in Turkey, how do you find those open to Jesus? One way is through the Bible Correspondence Course. Advertised in newspapers and on the web, searching individuals throughout Turkey request free New Testaments and Christian books, and we help call them to see if they would like to meet to talk more. This fruitful week encouraged us so much.

Despite so many foreigners visiting the Muğla province, no one there is willing to initially follow up these contacts. Here are some stories of our encounters.

Fethiye:

We stayed with a contact, *Mümine, we met last year. Pray for her to seriously seek after God. Mümine introduced us to her friend *Gülden who was very curious to meet us. When we told her we had come to meet with people interested in Jesus, she became even more curious. She told us how her husband would read the New Testament but she was scared to touch it. "But I don't think reading it is a sin anymore," she confessed. Mümine told her she could have one of her New Testaments, and we encouraged them to read together. Pray for them!

*Sevinç met us at a cafe and shared that she is definitely not part of the majority religion, and is in search of what is true. She is seeking truth after being disgusted by seeing many people here live two faced lives. Now Sevinç feels a great responsibility to raise her young daughter well, and give her freedom to choose what to believe. We got to share how our faith is about knowing God and having a relationship with Him. The way we live our lives is according to His Word and in response to His love for us. As it says "For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." Please pray for her to make reading the Word a priority.

Marmaris:

Last year, we baptized a contact there. We were thrilled to meet with her again and see how much she has grown. She is meeting with the believers in the small house church there and experiencing God's freedom and provision. Continue to pray for her.

Bodrum:

As we got to know *Pervin, a BCC contact, she told us she was done with Islam. She wanted to change religions. Her knowledge of what "Christianity" is was a bit shaky, so we walked her through the Gospel letting God's Word speak for itself. She readily admitted being a sinner, and marvelled at God's love in sending Jesus, God's Son, to die a terrible death for us. "So what must I do to be saved?" She asked. She read Romans 10:9, and put her faith in Jesus, thanking God for His salvation! We connected her to the local church yesterday, and she seemed to enjoy it even hanging out with everyone afterwards. Praise God for our new sister! Pray for her as she grows in her new faith.

*Names Changed

Blessings

From the BCC Team

Dear Friends,

In many countries the number of female believers vastly outnumbers male believers. Traditionally that has been exactly the opposite in Turkey. Men believers still outnumber women believers but the gap is narrowing as the rights of women in Turkey continue to grow and they are able to think and act more freely. With that in mind we want to share 2 short testimonies of women who have come to faith in recent months in Istanbul...

*Asuman

*Asuman had been researching Christianity for more than a year by doing correspondence courses with the BCC. When we first met we talked for almost 4 hours about the Trinity, baptism and many other topics in the Bible. She wanted to meet with other believers and experience church. My co-worker took her to church the next Sunday and gave her a Bible. She was very excited and shared the whole message of the sermon with me. She now attends a local church regularly. After a few weeks I asked her where she was at in her relationship with God. She said she wanted to follow Christ and we prayed together. She is continuing in her faith and has gone through the Alpha Course. She has told her ex-husband and children that she is a believer and is taking her kids to church regularly. She will be baptized this summer.

*Birce

Before calling a new contact I first send an e-mail. This is what I did with *Birce and before I could call her she called me within a few hours. She explained how she had a wonderful dream the same night she received a New Testament from the Bible Correspondence Course. In her dream she saw a deep dark sea. She was afraid but then Jesus came from heaven walking towards her and called her by name. She asked me, "I know Jesus is calling me. What should I do?" I told her that Jesus wanted to save her from the deep dark sea and he wants to get to know you. I told her if she wanted to meet face to face we could do that and then we could talk more about Jesus. The first time we met she was excited and told her story to me and that she believed in Jesus because of everything she was reading about him in the New Testament. After the meeting she sent me a message saying, "I have made my decision. I want to follow Jesus." At our second meeting we spent the whole time talking about the Bible and she wanted to come to church with me. She now talks about how much her life has changed and her family has seen the difference in her life. She is also sharing her faith with her friends and with her fiance who is also very interested. She was baptized on April 10th and continues to follow after Jesus with all her heart.

*Names changed

Blessings

From the BCC Team

Dear Friends,

These days there is news of quite a number coming to faith in Turkey through various means? Of course media and the internet have an important role in this. One of the tools God is using is Facebook. It's interesting how media tools are not good or bad but how they are used is the key to their use for evil or for good. In that context God's Spirit is moving through these tools to bring many to himself, I'm guessing this is true in the Muslim world more than anywhere.

Below are the stories of two who have been reached through the medium of Facebook:

BAKİ – Ankara

 

*Baki comes from a very religious Muslim family. When he first entered our Facebook page he insulted and made fun of Christianity. *Turhan, who works as a volunteer with the BCC, started writing with Baki and received many insults and curses. From the beginning he responded with nothing but words of love and patience. In time Baki's heart was softened and he began to respond in a more pleasant manner. As time continued to pass he began to show more interest and asked more probing questions with a genuine interest to learn. He even started to defend us against others who responded negatively on our Facebook page. Turhan gave him his phone number and they started talking on the phone regularly. He lives in Ankara and was put in touch with one of the churches there. He started to go there and is now receiving lessons about the Christian faith.

MUSTAFA – Adana

   


*Mustafa's responses on our Facebook page started to draw my attention. He was always defending us against the insults and attacks of others. I gave him my phone number and he called me and we continued to talk regularly on the telephone and I patiently answered his questions. This continued for about a month. He told me he worked in a hospital and for this reason he was fearful about attending a Christian meeting. I continued to encourage him to meet with a group of believers and eventually was able to introduce him to a group of believers in the city of Adana. He started meeting with them although he said it was sometimes difficult to go on Sundays because he often works on Sundays. He has made a profession of faith now but still is shy about meeting with other believers. He is married and has a family and knows he must count the cost if he follows Jesus. Pray that his mustard seed faith will grow into a long-term solid faith in Jesus.

Please continue to pray for the many who are searching for truth through vehicles such as Facebook. That many, many who lives in darkness will find the light through their quest for truth via the internet.

Blessings

From the BCC Team

*Names changed