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Dear Friends of the BCC,

The Bible Correspondence has an online chat line that people from all around Turkey, talk on with our chat operators throughout the day 7 days a week. There are approximately 20-30 people who chat with our operators and/or sign up for our correspondence course every day. I thought it would be interesting to give you snippets of some of the conversations and then you can pray for the different chat operators and the people in each individual snippet of conversation. The person who are calling in will be the first name and the chat operator will be the second name:

*Fatma: I would like to know about the parts in the New Testament that talk about Job

*Musa: Job appears in the Old Testament, not in the New Testament

Fatma: OK who is the Paraclete?

Musa: It talks about him in John 14:14 in the New Testament and says after Jesus after ascending to heaven that he would be a helper to followers of Jesus

Fatma: So, He is the Holy Spirit.

Musa: Yes, he is from the same essence as God and is the existence of God that is together with us to help us follow God the Father and Jesus and lives in our hearts. So, something that lives inside every believer?

Musa: Yes, one is with us to empower us to act according to God's will

*Ali: I want to read the 4 Holy Books (The Torah, Psalms, New Testament and the Koran) and thought I would start with the New Testament.

*Barış: Wonderful! In the Bible God says if you search for me I will cause you to find Me. To search for God is to search for truth.

Ali: What religion do you follow and how old are you?

Barış: We are followers of Jesus and our Holy book is the Bible that includes the Torah, Psalms and New Testament. I am 43 years old.

Ali: Did you become a Christian later in life?

Barış: Yes, I was a very religious Muslim for many years.

Ali: I also am a Muslim but in order find the truth it is necessary to search.

Barış: When I read the New Testament I was greatly touched, especially when I read John chapters 13-17. The last supper of Jesus Christ and his disciples really had a great influence on me. I did a Master’s degree in America and lived there for 15 years. Read and pray and the Lord will help you find the truth.

Ali: How beautiful. I hope so.

Barış: Hanging around experienced/wise people and getting their advice helps people to grow and find wisdom.

Ali: Yes, but unfortunately I have no people like you that are anywhere around me.

Barış: In Ankara we have some very good churches and will take a deep interest and help you in your search.

Ali: I would like that but first I would like to read the New Testament.

Barış: That sounds great. Read the New Testament and then as you have questions are friends can help

*Cem: I was defending Satanism on a website but something happened. I had a vision and in the vision someone said to me, "You can't see the Lord when you look at Satan. This was in the afternoon at my work place while I was wide awake. I heard the voice as clear as if it was someone talking directly to me and then ın a very dıfferent tone the voice said exactly the same thing to me again. I want to believe in Jesus Christ but I used to be a believer in Lucifer.

*Ayhan: Yes, the Devil is the enemy of the Lord and of mankind.

Cem: OK, if I repent will I be forgiven?

Ayhan: Certainly

Ayhan: Totally reject the Devil and his works and surrender yourself totally to Jesus Christ

Cem: Thank you so much. I will try.

Pray for our chat operators Musa, Barış, Ayhan and our other chat operators. Pray also for Fatma, Ali and Cem and many other seekers like them, that they, as they search for truth find it in the only one who is truth - The King of Truth.

*Names changed

God bless you,

The BCC team

Dear Friends of the BCC,

In December the new BCC building was packed with BCC staff and volunteers for our annual Christmas party. Over 50 people gathered together to celebrate Jesus's birth with a carol service, sharing a meal and exchanging gifts, and theatre. It was a special time in this country where people do not know about Jesus and where Christmas Day is a normal work day. Many said that they felt the presence of God and remembered that Christ is the only way to true peace.

 

A story from our office

Last month we had a focus on praying for those in prison in Turkey. We received such a wonderful story in the last weeks, also connected to a prisoner, we thought it would be good to continue that thread with the following story:

"Jesus said, Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven." Matthew 18:19

Since Musa* became a believer, he never felt his prayers had the power to lead people to Christ. He prayed with his family, but that was only for their own blessing and protection. He did not feel able to pray with other people, for them to be healed from their pain and sorrow nor could he invite people to receive forgiveness of their sins. Last year he took early retirement and he began working at the Bible Correspondence Course office where he answers the telephones, offers free New Testaments, and prays with seekers for their salvation through Jesus Christ.

Every day, whether through online chat or phone calls, he talks to people about his faith. He feels that he is more and more able to depend on God and sees his faith become stronger as he shares the Gospel with lost people as a lost sheep who now is found.

He often shares his testimony how he became a Christian. It happened on a Saturday morning in 2000 when he went to the local shop to buy bread and a newspaper. He could not believe it when he saw Christian propaganda in the newspaper, offering a free New Testament. That was the start of the road which led him to start attending church and becoming a Christian with his family.

One day Musa spoke with a blind man on the telephone who is married and has two daughters, one of whom also has weak eyesight she inherited from her father. He is in an open prison serving a five year sentence, because he was involved in dealing with drugs. He had heard about Jesus Christ the Messiah who could save his life and asked his friend to help him to phone our office to find out more. While he was on the phone, Musa invited him to pray the Sinners’ prayer of repentance. His friend reads it to him every evening from the Bible we sent him and all the prisoners sharing his room listen to the word of God. Every two months he gets a break to go home and he invited Musa and Yesua from the BCC to his home in a small village. His wife and two daughters listened carefully and were full of joy to host the believers in their home.

God gave a breakthrough in this family's life and used Musa's testimony and obedience to bring more people into His Kingdom!

Blessings

From the BCC Team 

Dear Friends of the BCC,

 

On October 23rd *Deniz started working for the BCC.

Before the July coup attempt our online ads were yielding around 1000 visitors per day, and about 100 book requests per week.

Within 2 weeks of Deniz starting, our daily visitors were up over 2,500 visitors per day and over 250 book requests a week, and Deniz deserves the bulk of the credit.

He has worked tirelessly at SEO (“search engine optimization”) and creating “negative keywords” for our google ads campaigns and it has us yielding the best results we’ve had since 2012.

 

Kutsalkitap.org has never looked better!

*Names changed

Blessings

From the BCC Team