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Dear Friends of the BCC,

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:



Z and her son met us when we got off the bus. As we awkwardly sat in a cafe close to the bus terminal sipping tea, I asked her how she began to be interested in the Holy Books. Actually, it was her husband who was interested, she explained. But he was in prison so he couldn't meet us. But she assured us he would call. Sure enough, after a few minutes he called. He explained how he had contacted the BCC in his wife's name because he wasn't allowed mail in prison. He has been talking to a brother in the BCC about everyday who has taught him a lot about Jesus.

"I want you to help my family," he begged. "We don't want your money, I just want you to tell them about salvation. Please, will you tell them about Jesus Christ!" I assured him I was more than happy to do just that. After I launched into the Gospel story, starting with creation for context, he called again to check that I was really telling them the way of salvation. After explaining the Gospel and sharing that receiving salvation is like receiving a gift, we showed her "The Prophet's Story" short video. "Look," she said to her son, "This is just like what she was telling us. " I asked a few questions to see if they understood who Jesus is and how we can be saved through him, but she didn't seem to really understand. Later, her husband called again to beg us to go to his house and share the gospel also with his other children and his grandchild. His daughter remembered watching the Jesus Film years ago, but didn't understand why Jesus needed to die. We watched "The Prophets' Story" with her too, and she paused it several times to comment on the message of sacrifice and atonement. When the children arrived, Z told us to show them the video too. Afterwards, I asked the kids why Jesus died. "For our sins!" one answered. "But what does that mean," I asked. "Jesus was the sacrifice for us," Z answered (she finally got it!!!). I told them from Romans 10:9 how we can be saved and asked if they wanted to put their faith in Jesus. "But what about our prophet?" one of the little ones asked. "What did he do for you?" I asked her. "Nothing," she replied. "What did Jesus Christ do for you?" I asked. "He died for me!" She answered. "Then I will believe in Jesus!" She proclaimed. I asked all of the family if they wanted to put their faith in Jesus, believing that he is Lord and He died and was raised to life making the way for them to be reconciled to God. "Yes! Yes! We believe!" They answered. "Now what do we do?" they asked.

Now you live your life full of thanksgiving for what he has done. Pray to Him. Ask him for anything. Read the NT to get to know him better, I shared. The children wanted to pray for their fathers eyes to be healed so we stopped and prayed right then. Soon the phone rang again, and their father's friend in jail wanted to talk to me. "How many NT's did you bring?" He asked. "Two," I answered. "Could you please leave one for me. I want to pick it up as soon as I am released," he said. Their father thanked us profusely for coming. God is really doing something new in this small town in the province of Afyon that has no workers or fellowship. Pray for this family to grow and be strengthened in their faith and to be reunited with their father as a whole family physically and spiritually.

Many or seeking God in these difficult times in Turkey. Pray that those who seek will find!

Blessings

From the BCC Team

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

     because the Lord has anointed me

     to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

     to proclaim freedom for the captives

     and release from darkness for the prisoners

Isaiah 61:1

Dear Friends,

This verse has often been used to talk about proclaiming freedom to "spiritual" captives and release from darkness for spiritual prisoners, and rightly so, but it is also true for those who are true captives who are literally locked and bound in literal cells and for prisoners who are truly spending their lives in literal darkness.

We have been able to reach many prisoners through the years who see our ads. In fact the quality of response from prisons has always been far greater than the normal man in society. This is not abnormal since the one locked in a prison often is much more open to think about the sin in their own hearts and has much free time to ponder the meaning of life.

Here's the translation of a short letter we recently received from an inmate in Muğla. 

Dear Brothers,

I tasted the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. I accepted him as my Lord and Saviour, and repented confessing all my sins. Brother *Mehmet Paul [another course student and believer in the same prison] helped me to believe in and know our Lord, and he baptized me in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I chose Christianity with my own free will and desire. In the past they always described Christianity to me in a bad light, however
it turns out the bad ones were those who were telling me these things.

In any case, the Lord showed me grace, called me and brought Mehmet to meet me.

He saved me and gave his blood for me on Calvary. I'm requesting that you send me one New Testament and other books for me to grow in my faith.

I'm really happy and at peace because I'm the Lord's child.

Thank you in advance,

*Sedat

Please pray for those who are in prison in Turkey, that God would lead them to open their hearts and minds to seek the true God who is always waiting for the Prodigal to return to Him.

*Names changed

Blessings,

From the BCC Team

Dear Friends

One of the follow-up teams in the Izmir area, a local church, have been faithfully following up BCC contacts and also regularly host creative outreaches. We recently received the following report from them...

We recently met with *Ömer and shared the Gospel with him. He was overjoyed at meeting us and hearing the good news. We encouraged him and he will be attending our fellowship on Sunday and we will be meeting on a weekly basis in the coming weeks.

I have other news: *Burak has also recently decided to follow Jesus. We have been meeting for a long time and he created some problems along the way, but praise God he has asked for forgiveness, come to faith and his heart is changing which is seen by the fruits of the Spirit coming alive in his life. Praise the Lord for Burak!

In addition Burak's mother has also come to faith recently. Last Sunday we shared the gospel with her (*Şenay) and she cried in repentance and believed. She told us what really caused her to change and know that Jesus was alive and true was the change she saw in her son. When she saw the unbelievable change in her son's life it caused a "wonder" to awaken in her heart. In her own words, "I thought my son could never change but I saw this wonderful change with my own eyes and I knew Jesus was true."

Praise the Lord for saving these 2 precious souls.

In addition here is a report from 2 nights of outreach in Izmir with the same group of believers:

That night we knew we would not have power available so we set up a street show running on battery power in the park-like area along the sea-side called the "Kordon". As we began our show we quickly drew an audience of passers-by. Several folks were inebriated and one in particular decided that she wanted to join our show. The rest of the audience graciously bore with the distraction and listened to the music and testimonies, as well as watched the drama. At the end of the show many people rushed the survey table and many stayed to talk. After a couple of days we returned to İzmir for another show. We had everything set up and were about to start when a policeman walked up. Someone had complained that we were on the grass. He said we could move anywhere in the area as long as it was off the grass. On the other side of the little hill we quickly set up in a huge paved area with a big statue in the middle. On the grassy side of the hill we had an audience of about 100 people but within moments of moving to the other side of the hill our audience more than quadrupled. The thing that Satan sent to discourage us is the thing God used to reach out to hundreds more people.

*Names changed

Thanks for your prayers for these people and events!

From the BCC Team