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Dear Friends,

Traditionally Konya is the "Islamic" capital of Turkey and thus one of the most difficult areas for the gospel to penetrate and grow. There are 2-3 small meetings happening with probably a maximum of 10 believers in this city of over a million people. In the last year 2 people have come to faith as a result of contact with the BCC. A few have made professions through the years but because of all the barriers to true faith in Christ they either move or fall away. Here is the story of one (Ahmet) who recently has chosen the way of Jesus:

My name is Ahmet. I was born and raised in a Muslim society and often read the Koran and went to the Friday prayer's from time to time. I fasted faithfully during Ramadan but as a muslim my spirit was nonexistent. I felt like my worship was empty and I didn't have a handle on real truth. I lived a meaningless life and committed every type of sin. I was unable to find any answers to my questions. I had a very proud personality and knew nothing of love or brotherhood. I thought Jesus was just a prophet. I thought the Bible had been changed and I was told it was no longer valid. The people around me were afraid of Christianity. But I admired the character of Jesus. He was a perfect man. I started to read the Bible and as a read I began to see the truth and understood that Jesus was the the Christ and the son of God. As I continued reading the Bible and praying the emptiness in my heart began to be filled. I was growing close to the Lord. As time passed I became a happier, more peaceful person. I was able to see how much God loved us. I was very impressed by the fact that Jesus died for our rebelliousness and sins. I began to leave my evil practices and my faith began to increase. Jesus taught me how to love others. Today I am being baptized and I'm very happy. From now on I will be one who believes in Jesus reading the Bible, praying, serving and spreading the gospel. My life will be lived in Jesus Christ.

Pray that Ahmet will remain solid in his faith and grow into a strong follower of Jesus and for the dark city of Konya.


From the Bible Correspondence Team


Greetings from the BCC,

In Turkey university students are a key strategic demographic for reaching with the Gospel. They are thinking through key issues of life both intellectually and spiritually.

Hasan is a university student who is from Mersin in South Central Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea who contacted the BCC and has come to faith. Another key issue in a former Muslim's life is if, when and how to make this known to their families. Pray especially for those who make this huge step in a Muslim culture and that they will have a great effect on their families around the country.

Dear Friends,

Hasan came to faith on Dec 31.  So, that makes him 26 days old today! (Sent to us on 25 January)  Praise God. 

Hasan is enjoying his semester break just like college students all over the world...



However, Jesus changes everything!  Here is what Hasan just texted us:


Please pray for Hasan today!


From the BCC Team

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.


From the BCC Team

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