International Ministries

Summer 2015 with Turkish Pastors

August 9, 2015 Journal
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     Laura and I want to thank you for your partnership in reaching out to Turkey, and ultimately the Middle East, by the establishment of evangelical churches.  During this summer in Turkey, we have been able to spend time with a dozen Turkish pastors.  Many of these pastors feel very isolated. They are so excited to know that their brothers and sisters in America care for them and pray for them.

 

     Two of the pastors we met with are new to our network of churches and will lead to two new partnerships that are in critical areas of Turkey.  Both of these new pastors are struggling to “stay afloat” financially.  They greatly appreciate the financial support  that you make possible, as well as the prayer support and encouragement!  One of these new pastors shared that their church has been firebombed three times and that he has been seriously beaten for his faith. They asked that we pray for strength in their hard setting.  They also ask for prayer as they have adopted two Turkish boys.  Adoption is very rare in Turkey and it creates unique challenges for them as well as the boys.  Their oldest son was adopted at age four after years of being abused.

 

     We are also in the very early stages of partnering with a third new church in eastern Turkey that we have been praying about for 10 years.  We found out that there are three believers in this community and that it may soon be time to establish a new fellowship in this very unreached area.

 

    Here are a few specific requests from the pastors we spent time with:

 

1.     Hamza- Growth for their one year old church. 

2.     Salih – Healing for his wife who recently experienced a stroke.

3.     Demokan – Wisdom with a new church starting in September.

4.     Refik- Preparation of new believers for baptism.

5.     Levent – Discipling efforts to raise up new leaders.

6.     Resit – Grace and wisdom as they raise their three children to follow Christ.

7.     Vahan – Working to provide digital Bibles to college age youth whose parents would not allow a physical Bible in the home.

8.     Ugur – Protection for his children who are bullied at school due to their faith.

9.     Emre – Protection in light of death threats.

10.Carlos – Development of a retreat center.

11.Mark- Outreach to the country through TV and websites.

12.Semir- New church planting among Turks in Bulgaria.

 

Thank you so much for your partnership in this work!  It is your faithfulness that has enabled our non profit organization, Turkish Connections, to come alongside 25 Turkish churches and see God’s Kingdom grow in this country!  Please lift up our Muslim friends whom we continue to point to Jesus!

 

Yours for Reaching Turkey,

 

Rich and Laura