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I was watching a short video the other day about a group of young people who travelled out to towns and cities in central and eastern Turkey to tell the story of Abraham, using music dance, drama and puppets.

It is an amazing story and show which challenges the viewer to question what they may believe. At the end of the puppet show, the narrator asks the question about our lives. Does the God who loved and cared for Abraham, also love and care for us? God sent a sacrifice to save Abraham’s son, but could God send a sacrifice to save you and I? Well the answer is yes. He could and did. He sent Jesus as the true and final sacrifice and with this he brings us into his kingdom

What encourages me as I watch the video is that it engages people, old and young alike, families and children. But it’s the gleaming eyes of the children that really gives me hope for the future.

Why? Because those young gleaming eyes see something in the message that gives them hope. They may not fully understand the words, but they can recognise that it is very different to what they have been taught.

So my prayer is that when these children are a little older they will remember the ‘story of Abraham puppet show’ and the words that declare that salvation comes through the ‘blood of Jesus’ the last sacrifice!!

Pray for the children of Turkey

Pray that God will pour out dreams and visions on the children of Turkey.

I was talking with a friend the other day and we were discussing how are the people of Turkey going to hear the message of hope and salvation? It is such a huge country and population.

Don’t get me wrong, some have heard and responded; others have heard and stayed with their beliefs. But what about the many thousands who live in some of the more conservative Muslim cities like Şanlıurfa or Gaziantep in South Eastern Anatolia? How are they going to hear? In human terms it is a daunting task and impossible. But with our faithful Father God nothing is impossible!

Throughout the bible we can read of God’s mighty interventions, parting the Red Sea and the River Jordan to name just two. He raised Christ from the dead and has poured out dreams and visions on people, in fact a few years ago he gave everyone in an Algerian village the same dream and from that, many came to faith.

So what do we do? Just stand back and wait for God to act? Or do offer ourselves to serve him and take the message to the people? Remember the scriptures in Isaiah 6 : 8. 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”! There are also the words from the great commission in Matthew 28 : 18 – 20. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I believe we should choose to offer ourselves to serve him in any way he chooses. Our Father God needs prayer warriors and intercessors to break the stranglehold of many of the cities, towns and villages where Islam holds sway. But our Father God also needs us to go into these places and share the message of hope and salvation.

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

Are you ready to play your part?

Pray that God will send more labourers to share the message. 

Ask Him - ‘Is it me Lord?’ Then listen carefully.

 

Have you ever thought ‘when will all this trouble in our world end’? I mean when you think about all the trouble and strife that’s going on in the world. Do you sometimes wonder where God is in all of it? Is he watching, listening? I am sure he is!

Every day there appears to be a new crisis, currently it’s in Syria, but across the world whether it’s in the west, Africa, the Middle East or the Far East. The world, our world seems to be lurching from one disaster to another.

World leaders and politicians tell us that we just have to do this or that and then everything will be fine. Others appear to be telling us we don’t need religion and faith in God! Man has achieved much and will continue to do so. So put your trust in man?

But God is watching and listening, he created us and wants his best for us, he gave us His eternal word to help us but also he gave us a choice, we could follow his way or go our own. For my part I chosen his way!!

In the past weeks as I have been reading my bible, recently I have worked my way through the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Within these three books alone and throughout the bible is the overriding theme of our creator God seeking to build a relationship with us, loving us, giving us the chance to follow his direction and restoring us from our failures when we come to him and say sorry!

There are still many people in Turkey alone who have not heard of this love, groups of people have recently returned from a number of Turkish cities, towns and villages, telling people that God loves them and has a plan for them. And it’s a better plan than we can come up with!

 What’s God plan? That he will build a relationship with each one of us, love us and restore us when we come to him and ask for forgiveness.

Why is God doing this? Because He Loves us unconditionally, enough to allow His Son Jesus too die on a cross and bring forgiveness for all our sin once and for all!  

Amazing love, how can it be,

That You, my King, should die for me!  

Pray that the people of Turkey will discover this love. 

Pray that God will pour out dreams and visions on his people.