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Dear Friends,

People seem to be coming to faith regularly these days BUT it is still a trickle compared to what God wants to do among the Turkish people. Below is the testimony of one brother who came from the depth of Islam to find Jesus.

Erdoğan comes from the central Anatolian city of Tokat. In Christian history it is known as the city where the missionary Henry Martyn died and was buried. Erdoğan was a history teacher by profession but he is now retired. A few years ago he was a devout and very well read Muslim. Because of his struggle with some issues he decided to research some other religions. In this way he received his first information about Christianity through contacting the Bible Correspondence Course and began studying the New Testament. Later he connected with our church after filling out a form on the church website (in the nearby province of Samsun). For several months we corresponded via the internet. He finally surrendered his life to Christ and was going to be baptized but he felt he wasn't ready yet. Five or six months passed and he contacted me again and said some of the questions in his mind were answered and he was ready to be baptized and he was baptized at the Tokat Reservoir. He is almost blind but he has a heart and mind that sees the Lord in all his beauty. His family knows about his faith and tells him what he's done is very wrong and it is impossible for us to visit him with them around but we meet regularly outside of his home.

Please pray that the trickle of those who see the Lord in all his beauty and with all their hearts and minds would go from a trickle to a flood in the coming months and years.

Blessings

From the BCC Team

*Names Changed

 

Dear Friends,

I was recently in Egypt and a brother I worked with there talked about a video clip he had seen on youtube of a Turkish man's testimony that he was impressed with. After returning to Turkey he sent it to me and I watched it. When the fellow came on the screen and stated his name it sounded familiar. A few minutes into the video he talks about seeing a newspaper ad about the New Testament. I thought there's a good chance he is talking about the ad for the Bible Correspondence Course. I looked up his name in our records and it turned out he did contact us and did our courses and eventually came to faith. Check out his testimony on youtube

Pray for Yüce and the many other Muslims in Turkey, who like him, are searching for truth and finding it in Jesus.

Blessings

From the BCC Team

Greetings,

This month we'd like to share a couple reports from 2 girls (*Mary and *Joy) who have an itinerant ministry of travelling and sharing the gospel with women around the country. They also oversee all the women's follow-up around Turkey that is not covered by our local follow-up co-workers. Here are reports for two of the women that they have followed up in recent months:

*Ebru - Bodrum

We met Ebru, who had forgotten that she had ever written to the Bible Correspondence Course (BCC) asking for a Bible. Several years had passed. We're we late? No! We arrived right on God's perfect time. As financial difficulties and family stress were weighing heavily on her, her heart was seeking rest that only God can give. Tears sprang to her eyes as we shared and prayed with her and the Spirit of God touched her in a personal way. Pray for her to hunger and thirst after God, devour His Word, and find her rest and joy in His presence.

*Deniz - Marmaris

Deniz rolled up on the back of her boyfriend's motorcycle. It was 10:30pm and she had just gotten off work at a tattoo parlour at a local hotel. She took us to her home and started to talk. She has had a hard childhood and struggled with many sins, but after she had a dream where Jesus came to her, laid His hand on her shoulder and told her not to fear she then contacted the BCC. She said the love she felt from Jesus was not any anyway sexual, but was a warm, all encompassing father-like love. That love cannot be matched by anything, she said. We explained what God did to demonstrate His love for her and she put her faith in Jesus Christ. She thanked us for calling her and seeking her out. After asking several times about the meaning of baptism and expressing her desire to be baptized, we took her down to the sea and baptized her there. "I feel like I have been born again!" She exclaimed. Pray for her as she shares with her family and friends what God has done for her. She has since found another foreign believer living there she has begun meeting with as well as sharing with her family and the customers who come to her tattoo parlour. Pray for her as she reads the Bible for her to grow.

Please pray for Mary an Joy, that God would continue to bless them and lead them to the women who are most hungry to know Him. Pray for the above women and others like them who are waiting for visits from those who have the key that will open the door to their hearts.

Blessings

The BCC Team

*Names changed