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Jesus tells his disciples to go out and proclaim his name and the message of salvation and make disciples. Where do they need to go? Well, the same places they went to in bible times. The market places, tea and coffee houses. Starbucks, shops and supermarkets the workplace, the pub, anywhere where people congregate.  

There are no end of opportunities to tell people about Jesus, and there are lots of people seeking answers to life’s problems. Over the last week or so I have seen different people sharing the message in different ways. It can be street theatre, or a puppet theatre, music or mime, or simply telling bible stories on how God changes lives!

Have you ever watched the ‘Statue’ it’s a mime, very powerful, which shows the power of God’s word to restore a person’s life. Another mime is called “I have found Treasure” (see the accompanying photo). It tells of the person who has found rich treasure, the treasure in this case is a  relationship with the risen Christ and God’s word!

Hebrews 4 vs. 12 tells us that “The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”.  In other words it can dramatically change lives!!!

There are people all around Turkey and across the world going out and sharing the message that God can transform lives. Many people in Turkey and other Muslim countries will say “the bible has been changed”. But there are a growing number of people, both men and women who used to think that, but don’t anymore, because they have had a personal encounter with Jesus and from that point on their lives have been changed through entering into relationship with the risen Christ. Their lives transformed by his ‘living and eternal word’. They have found ‘Treasure’!!!!

So let’s get out there and tell the people in Turkey that this ‘Treasure’ can be theirs also and will enrich their lives!!

Pray that others across Turkey and the Muslim world will have a personal encounter with the risen Christ!!

Pray that God’s word will indeed become ‘alive and active’!

Pray that Muslims across Turkey will enter into relationship with a Father God who loves them unconditionally.

 There a number of barriers that face a Muslim who may be considering changing their faith to become a follower of Jesus. Family ties, employment, loss of friends the list goes on. Within the family announcing that that you have rejected Islam to follow Jesus can have serious consequences for you and your family and has in some cases resulted in attacks on the person concerned.

With employment and your job prospects it can mean it is difficult for a person to get a job and if they do succeed, then it can result in intimidation within the workplace. I know of one lady, a faithful believer, who when she asked her boss if she would get paid this month? He replied, “you will get paid again when to visit the mosque and repent and return to Islam”!

Fortunately the owner of the company discovered what was going on and dealt with the problem. The lady in question stayed in her job because the owner couldn’t afford to lose such a good employee.

But one of the biggest barriers to a Muslim even getting to a point of deciding to follow Christ or not is the “bible has been changed” statement that Muslims use time and time again. In Turkey as in other Muslim countries it’s belief that has been handed down through families through the years.

But I remember listening to David Shenk who is a respected Christian missionary and author who has years of experience in sharing the Christian faith with Muslims, he said he has had many conversations with leading Muslim teachers, he remembers a particular Muslim teacher who repeatedly stated that the “bible has been changed”. David Shenk asked the teacher to show him where it had been changed? The teacher replied more than once that “there are too many examples”. No show me insisted David Shenk, again the Muslim teacher said there were too many places in the bible.

Again Shenk asked and the teacher replied “I can’t find any”! See the barrier is the statement itself. Muslims repeatedly say ‘The bible has been changed’! It is a statement that has been handed down over many years, a belief within Islam that is just accepted on face value, but for the majority of Muslims, they have just accepted it  as true, and have never looked at the evidence for themselves.

Pray that Muslims in Turkey and across the world will discover that the bible and the truth that lies within it. That it is God’s word to us, it is eternal and holds the key to His plan of Salvation through His Son Jesus for the world!

Recently I asked a friend why he and his family had come to Turkey. He replied “We came to Turkey because God called us to Turkey to share the message of the gospel of peace and to see God working in the lives of Turkish people bringing them into relationship with him.

My friend also added that they had discovered a sad story about a man who lived in a remote eastern province of Turkey had requested a visit from someone at the Bible Correspondence Course in Turkey.

Sadly by the time someone was finally found to visit this man, he had died. He had been waiting for a visit. I just find it unbelievably sad that a person seeking to know the truth about salvation passes away before he hears the message.

I have heard of this sort of thing before, Hudson Taylor who spent a good part of his life in China was asked by a Chinese man who came to faith in Christ “How long have you known about this truth and why has it taken you so long to tell us”? Taylor’s reply was “many years”.

How many more are yearning to hear the message of the salvation before it is too late?

So I will leave you now with one question “Who will go?” and a few verses from Isaiah 6 vs. 5 -8

‘Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.  With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Pray that more people will come and share the message of the gospel with the people of Turkey.