Will you please pray that Henry* and his friends will continue to seek God and that they will be drawn by the Holy Spirit to repentance?
Please pray for Wayne* and his wife, that they will come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Will you please be in prayer for Fillip*, a believer who continues to endure persecution on account of his Christian faith?
Fillip*, a believer of several years from a different city, attends our church gatherings sometimes. Years ago, Fillip lost his wife ... Read More
Please pray for a local believer who is looking to step into a new ministry role.
Praise the Lord for this... I recently met with a local believer, and he and I were able to talk about ministry. He feels the Lord ... Read More
I have been praying for Sarah Lynn's* marriage recently, asking God to help her to evaluate herself and see what she needs to change in Read More
Please pray for Sarah Lynn's* faith, humility, and marriage.
I was really encouraged by a conversation I recently had with Ned*, a Kurdish pastor. We talked about the need to train and equip ... Read More
Please pray for Ned as he seeks to train and disciple leaders.
Gayle's* sister, Sue*, had been in contact with me through WhatsApp throughout the lockdown period, and I was finally able to go and see her
Will you please pray for a new artisan group for the purpose of reaching people with the gospel?
Still new in the making, I recently began working with a believing Kurdish lady to begin an artisan group through World Crafts.
Will you please pray for two men who recently heard the gospel, that God will draw them to Himself?
Will you please pray for Erin’s* salvation? She recently heard the gospel.
Please pray for Fetin and her two oldest children, who recently placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
My wife and I had been wanting to share the gospel with Fetin* for two years, but since she worked as a hairdresser, she was always ... Read More
Will you please pray for God to raise up many Christ-followers, leaders, and churches amongst the Zaza and Kurdish peoples?
Will you please pray for Mary’s* salvation?
Please pray for spiritual fruit among Kurdish speakers throughout the globe... The pastor of a Kurdish church and his wife have been ... Read More
Please pray for Mary*, that she will place her faith in Jesus Christ.
A recently-engaged couple came to us for some pre-marital counseling. They are both believers, are very humble, and have a thirst to ... Read More
Praise God for some Christian Kurdish couples who are seeking God’s glory.
Please pray for a man who recently heard the gospel.
Please pray for the salvation of a Muslim who recently heard the gospel.
I shared the gospel with a girl who was a contact from a Christian evangelistic seed-sowing website.
Will you please be in prayer for Rene, that she will understand and respond?
Please pray for Ernie* to understand and believe the gospel.
Please pray for Fred, that God will work in his heart and grow his faith in mighty ways
Will you please pray for Onder*, Gary*, and Ernie* to respond to the gospel message in faith and repentance?
Recently, a local brother set up a Zoom call with guys interested in learning about Christianity. He came into contact with some of ... Read More
Gayle and I went on a visit to Hannah’s house. Though Hannah has believed, her mom and grandmother have not. They have many customs and Read More
Please pray that we would have wisdom in how to engage with the young adults well during the lockdown and how we can speak into ... Read More
Please pray for a church as they seek God’s wisdom.
Please pray for our fellowship, as we have taken some crucial steps in recent months, and as a result, much spiritual warfare has ensued.
There is a young man named Fred* who has recently started attending our young adults’ group. Apparently, he attended church services in Read More
Please pray for a group of young Kurdish men.
Recently, I shared a lesson with some young Kurdish men about what the gospel is. We read several Bible passages and discussed what one Read More
Gulsen asked me at the beginning of the year to pray for her family to draw near to God and to truly give their lives to Christ. So, ... Read More
Please pray for Gulsen’s* family to become followers of Jesus Christ.
Will you please be in prayer for Jesse, a Kurdish refugee who has heard the gospel?
I met Jesse*, a Kurdish refugee, several months ago through the pastor of a local church. Jesse's mother was active in a church Bible ... Read More
Please pray for our friend Fred to believe.
Recently, I went with the pastor of the Kurdish church to visit Fred, a close friend I have shared the gospel with numerous times
Pray for needs of field personnel during this time of social distancing. Also pray for Bob to continue to read God’s Word.
Bob is someone I met through our broad seed-sowing ministry online. He requested that I give him an entire Bible and immediately began ... Read More
Please pray that Jet perseveres in his faith in Jesus.
Jet*, a Kurdish man in his 50s, has confessed to being a Christian for the past year and has read Scripture but did not seem to be ... Read More
There are many small villages along the European border that have been taking in refugees and housing them in their wedding salons. As ... Read More
Please be in prayer for the refugee situation on the European border.
In April 2019, we started a young adults group in our local Kurdish church. The group began with a few of the young adult believers ... Read More
Recently, a young local believer and I began a discipleship meeting with several young men...
Please pray for the ongoing discipleship efforts among the Kurds.
We just finished our first discipleship meeting with nine young men.
Praise God for his work on Melissa’s heart.
Starting in September 2019, Melissa*, a young adult believer, started secluding herself from the rest of the church and was slowing ... Read More
Please be in prayer for several people attending a creation-to-Christ Bible study.
As a result of the efforts of a local brother's faithfulness to share the good news with those around him, we have come together with ... Read More
Recently, I visited a new friend for the first time after observing her growing faith. When I asked her how she came to faith in ... Read More
Praise God for a friend who recently came to faith in Jesus Christ.
Please pray for Frank* - that God will open his heart to believe the gospel and surrender his life to Jesus Christ.
Please be in prayer for Hakim* and Fatma*
Hakim* and Fatma* are a Kurdish couple who are married with a 15-year-old daughter. For 11 years, Fatma has suffered from severe foot ... Read More
Please pray for some friends who recently heard the gospel.
Last month, an ex-pat and his fiancee had a pre-wedding celebration with lots of local friends.
Praise God for some recent gospel conversations we were blessed to have at a few young adult outreach meetings.
Recently, we were able to clearly share the gospel at three young adult meetings.
After visiting Jim* and his wife, Penny*, a few years ago, God recently provided an opportunity to visit them again.
Please pray for us as we reach out to Jim, whom we visited a few years ago and have recently visited again.
We let our son play at the park for a couple minutes, hoping it would use up his energy so we could get more sleep one evening and get ... Read More
Will you please pray for Sultan*, that she will hear and respond with faith
Please pray for a young lady named Gillian, that she will continue to boldly proclaim the gospel.
Gillian*, a young lady we had the privilege of sharing the gospel with several times in 2018 when she first arrived in our country, was Read More
Please pray for Harold and Rod...
Please pray that my conversation with Wilma* will cause her to search for Truth.
Ozlem is one of the people for whom I am praying daily. We met on a bus nearly three years ago and spent a lot of time together for ... Read More
Please pray for Ozlem - that she will search for the Lord with all her heart.
Please pray for Jean, that she will repent of her sins and trust in Jesus Christ.
Please pray for a refugee family who recently heard the gospel.
Two young adults and I visited a couple that had recently fled the war and had arrived as refugees in our city. The church had recently Read More
A couple we saw come to faith and have discipled on and off for the last four years plans to cross the border to Greece in the next ... Read More
Praise God for the ministry opportunities he has given my friend Gayle and me lately.
I shared the story of Ruth with a young woman and her mother and grandmother. We discussed how God took Ruth out of the depths of despair...
A lot of exciting and challenging things happened over the course of the past month. Gayle*, a young woman I am mentoring, and I had ... Read More
Praise God for the ministry opportunities he has given my friend Gayle and me lately.
Will you please pray for the nationals leading small groups of believers?
A couple of missionaries reported that they had the opportunity to watch 30 new Kurdish believers get baptized.
Will you please pray for the nationals leading small groups of believers?
A national ministry partner traveled to an isolated area to visit some families in need. While there, he found several gatherings of ... Read More
Please pray for one of the local churches, as the church is facing some pressure from the local authorities.
Luke, a young adult in our local Kurdish church, recently shared a really cool story with us. One of his relatives, Josh, and his wife Read More
Will you please pray for Vahit*, our new brother in Christ?
Please pray that Isaiah* believes and that we can build him up if and when he moves to our city.
Praise God for His sovereign control that will not allow His mission to be thwarted.
Please be in prayer for the salvation of Gertrude’s unbelieving brother.
Please pray for Bilur* and 15 other new believers to get connected to a local church
Please pray for the fellowship of believers in a province that is far from us. A sister in Christ, Nicole*, a wife and a mother of six, Read More
Please pray for Abdu to get involved with a local church.
I took a confessing Kurdish Christian, Abdu, who is not a member of a church, to a local church worship service.
Please give thanks for the 18-year-old Kurdish woman who recently placed her faith in Jesus Christ. Praise God! Please pray for her ... Read More
In my role, I have the privilege of partnering more closely with a national brother, David, who is doing broad-seed-sowing among our ... Read More
It is increasingly difficult to describe our ministry setting as a strictly "Muslim context." Yesterday, my wife and I experienced ... Read More
Please pray that our four friends would recognize that all of their belief systems share one main thing in common: they are futile.
I began visiting a Kurdish lady I was introduced to earlier in the month. The last time I visited, one of her relatives was with her, ... Read More
Please pray for two Kurdish ladies who recently heard the gospel message .
Praise God for Leyla, a Syrian refugee, placing her faith in Jesus Christ.
Please pray that God will remove the blinders from Ali and his friend and that they will see that the gospel is for them.
This week a volunteer team from Mississippi joined us in our work in the eastern part of the country. It was a very encouraging time, ... Read More
Please pray for the many people who received Christian literature and heard the gospel recently.
A few months ago, a total of 545 pieces of literature were shipped from two ads we ran for gospel outreach.
John recently went on a trip to a neighboring country to do ministry among the Kurds. When John visited the home of a Kurdish family, ... Read More
Please pray for the salvation of those who recently heard John share the gospel message.
We may have a baptism at the end of the month for a lady who professed faith in Christ a few months ago. She is the wife of a member of Read More
Please pray for Bedriye and Fidan.
Bedriye is a young believer who is pregnant with an unexpected and possibly unwanted baby. Fidan is newly married to an unbelieving man Read More
Please pray for a married couple to be more committed to Jesus and His church.
Please pray for the 250+ people who heard the gospel at a recent festival.
Please pray for the handful of people who have said they will come to our church’s worship service, including Simge, Lulu, and Aysu.
Please pray for the Lord to save Erin*, and for him to use our local sister, Rose*, as she shares the gospel with her.
Please pray for Elif that she will sincerely place her faith in Jesus Christ and be a disciple who makes disciples.
The Lord has opened a remarkable door for the gospel through a local church in Turkey. For the past couple weeks, I have had the ... Read More
Please be in prayer for the daily ministry that takes place in and through a local church in Turkey.
Please pray for a lady we recently got to minister to, that she will turn to the Lord in faith and repentance.
With members of my small group, I went on several visits to the homes of families I had never met before. What a blessing to see how ... Read More
Please pray that God would soften Ozlem’s heart to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please be in prayer for Deniya, as she recently placed her faith in Jesus.
The teenage son of one of our closest friends in eastern Turkey has professed faith in Jesus Christ and is planning to be baptized in ... Read More
Phil*, the pastor of a Kurdish fellowship, has been encouraging the believers of the fellowship to visit people in their homes and pray Read More
Praise God that He is working in miraculous ways among the Kurds! Recently, God healed a Kurdish
John*, a Kurdish man, recently called Phil*, the pastor of the Kurdish fellowship in our community, asking that he pray for his leg. He Read More
Praise the Lord for His healing power in the life of John.
God is at work in the lives of Lance* and his wife.
Tim* professed faith last year but has remained very much on the outside - always friendly and listening but never contributing or ... Read More
Praise God for His work in Tim’s* life lately!
Please pray for two teenage sisters who have attended our church group a couple times. Their mother and father are open-minded to ... Read More
A few weeks ago, nine locals met at our home for worship. This was our teammates’ last week with us before leaving for some time in the Read More
Please pray for Aaron*, a barber who has recently professed faith in Christ.
Aaron*, the barber that some of our church members go to, recently started coming to our worship services. He is professing faith after Read More
Christmas Day was great, both for our family and for our church, as a total of 17 local men and women came to our home on Christmas night.
This Saturday and Sunday, we will be putting on a two-day seminar at our church titled “Frequently Asked Questions.”
Please pray for a prayer and study gathering of Kurdish believers in the Middle East.
At a weekly prayer and study gathering of Kurdish believers, the pastor created small groups and challenged the participants to read ... Read More
Please be in prayer for Recep, a Kurdish man who has heard the gospel and has heard the testimony of one of our Central Asia workers.
Please pray for Delaney* and her husband Dimitri*, as well as for their children.
A middle-aged women attending our church services recently believed and was baptized. Over the past few weeks she has been inviting her Read More
Please pray for Honor, a young man who recently attended our Christmas service...
Praise God we had a great Christmas service with our church! Our normal attendance is about 30 people, but for our special evangelistic Read More
Please pray that we can follow up with several unbelievers who came to our recent Christmas
My friend and I went shopping in a nearby area. On our walk back home, we decided to stop by an antique shop near our home. As we ... Read More
Please pray for a refugee whose physical needs were recently met through a local church.
I have a friend, Ahmad, with whom I've tried to share the gospel a number of times, but he would never let me really get a word in ... Read More
We are regularly following up with contacts through a broad seed-sowing web site. Pray for us to have wisdom and boldness as we share ... Read More
Will you please pray for Sophie’s* sister-in-law and her mother to respond to the gospel
My teacher, Sophie*, and I like going on visits together, and last month we visited extended family members of hers twice. The first ... Read More
Please pray for Delia*, as she has been reading the Word and searching for answers.
We were recently able to renew our residence permits and received two-year visas! This is a big praise for us and will allow us to ... Read More
Please pray for some unbelieving ladies attending a Bible study - that they will respond in faith to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our language teacher’s mother recently passed away while I was out of town. In this culture, it is appropriate to visit the family ... Read More
Will you please pray for Joel* and Darrell* to open their hearts in faith to Jesus? (Read today’s story for more information).
I have prayed for a long time for our former language teacher, Theresa*. She and her family have been so kind to us over the years, and Read More
Our teammates are having visa trouble. Pray they can trust the Lord through these difficulties and for all of us to number our days so ... Read More
Please pray for Kelly*, who filled out a form on a Christian website, asking how to become a Christian. She is in touch with a ... Read More
On a Sunday, as is often our team’s practice, my teammate and I went to a local refugee church with which we have a relationship to ... Read More
A couple months ago, after prayer walking in our neighborhood, I met a young Kurdish man who works at his parents’ restaurant. Later, ... Read More
Please pray for Travis* and Tammy*, as they recently professed faith in Jesus Christ and desire to be baptized. May the Lord grow them ... Read More
Please pray for a friend and me, as we seek to spend a day each week on the local university campus.
Please pray for Rudy*, Adam* and Gary*, that God will soften their hearts to the truth of the gospel, and that they will sincerely seek Him.
Please pray for missionaries who are learning the language for the purpose of building relationships, serving the church and ... Read More
Mary: Last month I got to hear the testimonies of two women in our church for the second time.
Please pray that God will open Faith’s eyes to the Truth, and that she will believe and be saved. Also, please ask for God to give me ... Read More
Please pray for a man one of our missionaries met on a recent trip and to whom the missionary proclaimed the gospel.
We were able to attend a kids' camp for preschoolers through high schoolers from churches in the eastern part of our country last ... Read More
We were able to attend a kids' camp for preschoolers through high schoolers from churches in the eastern part of our country last ... Read More
Praise God for Helen’s* profession of faith! Please pray for her to be that good soil that withstands both trials and enticements and ... Read More
Please pray for local believers facing persecution, that they will endure and that we will have wisdom in ministering to them.
Recently, we had another amazing gathering of believers in our city. Cousins *Zane and *Bruce came again with their third cousin, ... Read More
Praise God for *Zane and *Bruce, two Kurdish cousins who have recently placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord!
During a weekend last month, we had the privilege of spending time with and hearing from *Erdan, a pastor of 16 years. He told us he ... Read More
Please pray for Erdan, a Christian ministry leader who, before coming to faith in Christ, hated Kurdish people, but is now moving to a ... Read More
Please pray for Zachary, a many who recently professed faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
David has been meeting weekly with Bart, a leader in a local mosque. They spend time reading and discussing both the English and ... Read More
Please pray for David, as he continues to minister to Bart, a leader in a local mosque. God has revealed truth to Bart through His Word Read More
Please pray for our local sister in Christ, Helene, as well as Helene’s new friend Sharon and Sharon’s family.
My friend Helene is a Kurd from Iran. In her home growing up, she spoke Kurdish with her parents and siblings but spoke Farsi in ... Read More
Please pray for Kurdish believers and the refugees to whom they are ministering. May the refugees respond to the gospel.
The fighting in the Middle East continues to cause refugees to flee from their homes. Over the past couple of months, many families ... Read More
I just had a meeting with two Kurdish pastors and a couple other local brothers. One of the pastors was approached about some ... Read More
Please pray for our first “youth camp” for the local believing teenagers today through Wednesday (July 16-18). We are heading to a ... Read More
On our vacation we went back to the hotel we went to last year in the country in which we live. The man who stocks the rooms was the ... Read More
Please pray for a hotel worker in Central Asia who has received a New Testament in his
A few weeks ago, a missionary in Central Asia admitted, “My heart was heavy this morning when the text waiting for me on my phone when ... Read More
Please pray that God would reveal Himself to Darla.
An update to one of our previous prayer requests: Brother Hakan* has resumed coming to the fellowship regularly.
I was recently able to meet up with *Abraham, a friend who lives in a Kurdish city far from where we live. God has given me many ... Read More
Will you please pray for *Abraham? He has heard the gospel multiple times and has recently asked some good questions.
Dimitri is a Kurdish refugee from a war torn country in the Middle East. He has attended a weekly English Club a few times and has ... Read More
Please pray for a boy named *Brian, who has professed faith in Jesus Christ. He is only 17 but has been actively studying the Word and Read More
Will you please pray for Dimitri’s* salvation? He has heard the gospel multiple
Praise God for a recent opportunity we had to share the gospel with our local mayor, Zechariah.
Praise God for His miraculous healing of Mehmet’s cancer.
Please pray for our friend *Ramon, as he’s heard the gospel several times and has expressed interest. Ask God to lead Ramon to faith ... Read More
Please pray for one of our local brothers who will leave this Sunday to do his military service. He will be gone for a little over ... Read More
I recently found out that a woman in our building is Kurdish. We hadn’t talked much before, but over the last couple weeks...
Our city recently had a huge festival over the weekend, and a group of us went down to offer free henna. The design that we do tells ... Read More
Praise God that we had a great Easter outreach effort with our church! About seven guests came to learn more about Easter. We shared ... Read More
Would you please pray for a young Kurdish man named Timothy? He recently received the Word of God in his heart language.
Please be in prayer for a Kurdish refugee family that has heard the gospel and has expressed interest. May they respond with repentance Read More
A Kurdish friend and I recently visited a family who fled from war several years ago and are now living in our city. We went up the ... Read More
Please pray for the Kurds who are affected by a very tense political situation in a Central Asian country. Specifically, pray for those Read More
I took the bus with the three kids earlier this month, and was obviously standing out as a foreigner as a result. When I boarded the ... Read More
We have an Easter outreach event planned for Saturday, March 31 at our fellowship. Please pray for us to clearly and boldly share the ... Read More
Please pray for Furat, a Kurdish man from eastern Turkey. He has read Josh McDowell’s The Way of the Carpenter.
Praise God for drawing Hakan to Himself! Hakan, whom you prayed for last month, responded to the gospel and has chosen to follow Jesus ... Read More
One day this week I was at our local fellowship by myself, which is quite unusual, as I normally have at least one or two other guys ... Read More
I, Jimmy, have been getting regular morning migraine headaches the past 2 1/2 months, and it is becoming quite concerning to me
My Kurdish friend “Darla” got married when she was 16. Within a few years, she had children to care for and raise. After many ... Read More
Please pray for “Darla” to understand what she is reading as she reads the gospel of John.
A local Kurdish friend who is confessing faith owns a cafe, which we visit from time to time. During one visit, he and his business ... Read More
Please pray for Sedat, his fiancé Ilhan, and his business partner Mehmetcan...
We recently spent a few weeks in Germany. While we were there, we met a number of Kurdish believers and Kurds interested in the faith. Read More
Nine new believers, including eight Kurds, were baptized last month.
Praise God that our two Christmas outreaches went well. About 40-50 unbelievers heard the true meaning of Christmas.
The past few months I have been preaching in Turkish at the local church in our city. One afternoon, while sitting in a local coffee ... Read More
Please pray for Nuri and Osman. They have heard a clear presentation of the gospel but have not repented.
Pray for a woman who recently heard the gospel from some IMB personnel in Central Asia.
I got to take my friend Nazila out to lunch. We spoke half in Turkish and half in English, when she didn't understand what I was trying Read More
Please pray for a woman named Nazila, that God will open her heart to understand the gospel.
I recently attended a training in our country. There were 12 believers from a closed, war-torn country in attendance. Some of the ... Read More
Please pray that the Lord will use 12 believers from a war-torn country to bring light into a dark place.
Please pray for our friends Serdar, Baran and Serdar’s girlfriend.
Please pray for discernment in where to invest time. In addition, two Christmas events have been planned.
Praise God that He continues to draw people to Himself in three main towns. Please pray for the local believers to grow in unity.
Please pray for a believing woman and her son, that they will grow in their faith in Christ.
Pray for the Kurds. Pray that those who are in the faith will share their faith.
A new friend and I were recently sitting in an outdoor café, talking and drinking coffee together. Our conversation took an ... Read More
The ladies on our team recently ran into an atheist friend of ours, and she said she wanted to get together and talk because she was ... Read More
Please pray for an atheist turned believer.
My teammate and I met with our friend Rahmi and a few of his friends a few weeks ago.
Please pray for deeper relationships in neighborhoods and local churches.
Please pray for NR and her sister, as NR has been trying to convince her sister to attend a Bible study. Recently, her sister has began Read More
A local friend and I went to visit her sister. On the way to her sister's house, NR told me that her sister was not interested in ... Read More
We have been praying for a better opportunity to serve and work alongside a local church in our area. There is a spirit of fear, ... Read More
Pray for A and N and their marriage. A, the husband, seems determined that he wants a divorce. Please pray that he will repent.
Pray for Kurdish believers in Central Asia to be bold and for Mehmet who has left Islam.
My teammate and I were connected with Mehmet who, in his own words, “rejected Islam 20 years ago, but I have to say I am a Muslim or no Read More
Pray for our local partner who is regularly sharing with people in our neighborhood as well as over 400 people who heard the gospel at ... Read More
The island outreach...it's kind of a big deal! It's so cool to see the body of Christ work together to pull off an event like this. ... Read More
For the last five months, I have been visiting Hem, a Kurdish man who was introduced to me by a mutual friend.
Please pray for Hem, a Kurdish man who has heard the gospel several times and seemingly responded in faith.
My friend and I sought out a time to test out a Buryan restaurant in hopes of talking with the owner.
Recently a waiter and a restaurant owner both heard a clear presentation of the gospel last month from one of our teams in Central Asia..
Please pray for the four primary leaders of the local Kurdish group of believers that baptized eight new believers.
On September 26th, a family that has been in one of our strategic Central Asian cities will be joining us in our city...
We met Omer in his cleaning supply store. We sat and had juice with him for an hour+ and talked about our religions and shared the ... Read More
Natural gas is being installed in our building, so now each apartment unit is having the pipes installed in each home. This month we ... Read More
I have been meeting up regularly with *Al for a couple months. Just to hang, or to get my haircut (he is a barber). My wife and I have ... Read More
While at a local meeting amongst other workers, my friend who now serves in Europe told me about one of his friends, Y, who is visiting Read More
The day after major turmoil in our country, I went down to the store below our building to grab us a Coke. Due to security reasons, we ... Read More
We had some friends visit and help us discover where more Kurds in a certain part of our town. Through that work, our team discovered ... Read More
I’ve had a relationship with Alan since we met a couple years ago in a city in the East. Since then I have shared the good news ... Read More
Please be lifting up brothers and sisters that are currently away on vacation in the States and other places. Ask Him that they would ... Read More
My neighbor’s sister’s baby just passed away (he was in intensive care from being born very premature). I visited her as ... Read More
Months ago we met “Uncle Y,” a Yezidi. He welcomed us and our partners into his home on multiple occasions and patiently ... Read More
My wife is really good friends with a lady in our building who is our age and has two kids. They have coffee multiple times a week and Read More
On two different occasions this past month we were reminded of the power of reaching out to ONE person with the love and gospel of ... Read More
As we traveled in Central Asia, a man named “ME” invited us for tea. We agreed and talked for a little while, but the ... Read More
While touring a Kurdish city in Turkey, we were walking and a man named “H” yelled at us to come drink tea. We agreed and ... Read More
While in southeastern Turkey, we met with “A.” He is an imam and Qur’an course teacher, and he took us to the ... Read More
“M” contacted a believer on FB who wanted to come to the Kurdish fellowship. This was the same week as a recent baptism, ... Read More
As we studied the Word with two young Kurdish believers, “B” showed up and we were able to proclaim the gospel to him and ... Read More
At “C’s” baptism this past spring we got to be with at least 25 Kurds at a picnic. One of the pastors, Apo, did a ... Read More
After moving to the Aegean coast of Turkey, an American woman met a local at the seaside. The local was very open about her curiosity ... Read More
A foreign friend and I have been regularly having tea with a believer friend and my non-believing neighbor. Since this past November, ... Read More
Our neighbor, *C, came over for coffee one evening. We had a really interesting conversation about henna. She said henna symbolizes ... Read More
Please be in prayer for our local brothers and sisters in Valley Town. Our brother *Alan is still struggling financially and is facing Read More
Last month, when we visited a particular neighborhood in Istanbul, we met “Uncle M.” God put him in our path and after ... Read More
Pray for the families. While most days we love Kurdistan, culture stress is difficult. Ask that the Lord helps us to find our joy in ... Read More
For Christmas, I gave my language teacher a framed Bible verse I had made. Well, her friend stole it and put it in her kitchen!
There are about 25 million Kurds in the world, give or take a few million. Their homeland, called “Kurdistan,” spans four countries: ... Read More
While an expat visited her Kurdish friend’s store, two shop patrons were sitting around drinking tea. One of them was from ... Read More
A friend and I met up with “R,” a local Kurdish college student so that he could practice some English. While chatting ... Read More
My colleague and I spent an evening hanging out with two Kurdish brothers who are believers. Another Kurdish friend and their cousin ... Read More
“N” is a Kurd from Syria. He has known Christians for 25 years, and he has always been impressed by their love for people ... Read More
We waited next to a park for a Yezidi Kurdish man we were planning to visit. He walked up to our car, got in, and led us down small ... Read More
Our family never expected to have to leave the town after living there only 10 months. To be honest, it was quite painful and we ... Read More
Perhaps the coolest thing that has happened this month is the safe delivery of our newest team member! Complications with the ... Read More
Boaz and Alan have been distributing Good News material in their home area and as they were giving away these materials and sharing the Read More
There have been several people really investing in “Rachel’s” life and the lives of her family members. This week she Read More
My neighbor came over to get help with some English homework. She watched me pray with my kids before we started. Later, after I ... Read More
A man prayed for his wife before she left for class with a new language helper. He asked God to give her an opportunity to proclaim ... Read More
A Christian worker approached a friend about teaching her the Kurmanji Kurdish language. Instead, the friend suggested a Yezidi ... Read More
I was able to tell the history of the Thanksgiving holiday with my neighbor while grilling a turkey. This lead to a discussion about ... Read More
A new partnership group has recently been developed that focuses on implementing church planting strategies among Kurds wherever they ... Read More
I have visited a new Kurdish friend, “B,” twice and spoken with him on the phone several times. He is very curious about ... Read More
The day started off with multiple phone calls trying to figure out if anyone was going to come to the Christmas celebration. My friend Read More
Many Kurds in our city in western Turkey have come from the eastern part of the country because jobs are more prevalent here and the ... Read More
I went to a tailor’s shop that is only 20 meters from our home and met “S.” After a couple of minutes of basic ... Read More
An American evangelist has had good conversations with “Steve” because his fiancee is from a traditionally Christian ... Read More
I’ve been a bit disappointed this past half-year that I haven’t been able to get to know my neighbors in Turkey on a deeper Read More
When going out to share the gospel in Turkey, I have started carrying a New Testament with me in my hand. Well, one day I was getting ... Read More
A Christian worker in Turkey had the idea of asking local men what local product he should buy and send back to his dad and brother as ... Read More
Two expats met a Kurdish student while attending a Kurdish fellowship in Turkey. They got his phone number hoping to meet up with him ... Read More
My heart is still full by what the Father did at our center’s Thanksgiving celebration. We had approximately 70 ladies and ... Read More
Due to a flea infestation at an apartment rented for a semester intern, a ministry team was told they lost the money that had been ... Read More
“K,” a worker in Turkey, has been facing physical and emotional challenges the last year. As much as she and her husband ... Read More
When a Western family returned to Turkey after a visit to their home country, they came back to find that a young local believer’s ... Read More
Recently, I was able to spend about six hours with a Muslim friend. From the beginning, I turned the conversation to spiritual matters Read More
While in language class in Turkey, an expat worker began answering questions in class with Truth laced answers. His teacher finally ... Read More
On the first night of a short term trip, we felt a bit stuck. Two guys were ill and we had little time before we had to be back in the Read More
On a short term trip, we were looking for a barber shop to get some haircuts and a shave and we were hoping to meet some men and share ... Read More
While in language class in Turkey, an expat worker began answering questions in class with Truth-laced answers. His teacher finally ... Read More
We met these three Kurdish men near the city while they were drinking cay – two brothers and a cousin. We shared the gospel ... Read More
Please be lifting up for our local brother, Boaz, and the community of believers here. About a week ago, 4 strangers came to ... Read More
Please pray for the workers among the Kurds here that they will continue to learn language so that they can go deeper in sharing the ... Read More
We spent several days in eastern Turkey where we have a lot of friends. One young lady, “B,” seemed like a very strong seeker a few ... Read More
We have become friends with a Kurdish family from Syria that has been in Turkey for about two years. They wanted to have our family ... Read More
I have had a difficult time with my health and adjusting back to Turkey after an extended stay in the US. At the same time, I was ... Read More
While riding the bus back from a conference in Turkey, a Christian worker started thinking about how bad it would be for a bus full of ... Read More
Some American believers in Turkey went to the beach this summer. Soon after they sat down, a family came and set up next to them. The Read More
Pray for a Syrian K family near us who has recently believed, “S” and “A”. A pastor is coming to them from an hour away to disciple ... Read More
While breaking the Ramazan fast the other night, *Ark mentioned that I had told *Ann that Christians also fast. He asked me when our ... Read More
I broke the fast with a group of local friends during Ramazan. During the evening, I had the opportunity to talk more with a friend of Read More
Some foreigners were in the furniture section of IKEA in Istanbul. A local man began talking with them about how he thought a certain ... Read More
I had the opportunity to go out with L — a guest from America — to meet my Muslim friend M. L and I had talked about how ... Read More
An expat in Turkey recently started with a new language tutor. The teacher is a very conservative Muslim who teaches the Koran. He ... Read More
Many Kurds in our city have come from the eastern part of the country to the west where jobs are more prevalent and the economy is ... Read More
Brother A’s younger brother now believes, as a result of his own prayer and reading along with A’s sharing with him. Brother A has ... Read More
Please lift up the workers who are constantly in spiritual warfare which has particularly been showing itself in instances of houses ... Read More
Have you registered for the 2015 Zaza Alliance Conference yet? For more information about the 2015 Zaza Conference to be held in ... Read More
This is a picture of Hasan* in his living room, listening to the gospel of Matthew. He is part of a very unreached and still mostly ... Read More
Recently we were able to spend a fun-filled weekend with local Kurdish friends. On Saturday night we had them in our home for dinner ... Read More
“Please, teacher, tell me – why are you and these other teachers so different? What is it about this center that makes me feel at ... Read More
We arrived at our local fellowship this Sunday morning thinking it would be an ordinary day of worship with local believers. (We had ... Read More
Pray for connections for our family with the Syrian Kurdish refugees at the park. Tonight at least half of the people there were ... Read More
We got to our new city and had on our first day we had to call an electrician because the power kept cutting out. We are supposed to be Read More
A friend and I recently hosted a ladies’ tea for the ladies on our street after going door-to-door to issue invites. Not knowing what ... Read More
Please Pray for Ike and Cher. I have been able to share with Cher in great depth recently after almost two years of friendship. She ... Read More
Please pray for *Figgie whose father recently passed away. Figgie has heard the gospel frequently the past year. Pray that during ... Read More
A couple of Christian women were doing a Bible club for some Kurdish refugee children from Syria. One mother was especially touched by Read More
“One of us is wrong,” concluded my friend recently after I shared with him the good news of Christ. This is not the first conversation ... Read More
While on the search for an apartment, I thought about my friend, *Shane, who always said to call him if I needed help. So, I gave him ... Read More
*Baran works hard on his schooling. He has already learned Russian, is working on English, and of course, since his first language is ... Read More
A football player in Turkey, “Mike,” would regularly come to his American coach and ask questions about the plays they were Read More
A young lady in eastern Turkey who had heard the gospel and been blessed through clinics run by Christian volunteers asked one of the ... Read More
I hosted a reconciliation tea for the mothers of my 3rd grade daughter’s classmates. A couple of the moms, who were once ... Read More
Family in our city is a central part of life. Large family gatherings are common (multiple generations are often under the same ... Read More
Here’s a video for a gospel presentation for those living in an Honor and Shame culture, like the Kurds. You can learn more about Read More
We love life in our city. The people here are very modern and open-minded. However, sometimes, it is almost their “open-ness” that ... Read More
If you are going to reach Kurds with the Gospel of Jesus, then you must learn quickly that they come out of an Honor and Shame culture. Read More
Holly is a young woman who is getting requests for her hand in marriage almost weekly these days. She is also caring for her entire ... Read More
Please pray for our friend “B”, a Kurd from eastern Turkey. A friend and I recently met him for tea and our conversation ... Read More
Hunter* is a husband and father of three from Syria. His hometown has been a hot spot of violence inflicted by the Syrian regime. He ... Read More
Imagine that you have no job, no money, you live cut off from the rest of society in a world ruled by poverty and violence, your skin ... Read More
I have been praying for opportunities to share with the players on the football team that I coach, but the opportunities just have not ... Read More
While at my monthly ladies tea the opportunity arose for me to tell about Easter, who Jesus is and what we believe about Him. Please ... Read More
A couple of months ago, two Western cross-cultural workers joined a national believer on a visit to a town in eastern Turkey. The ... Read More
Tonight I was visiting with three of my closest friends, two of whom I know to be Kurdish, while our kids were at their sporting ... Read More
I started working with a language tutor who had previously heard the gospel from a mutual friend. We had been praying for her and ... Read More
Several months ago, some expats moved to Turkey and became acquainted with their new neighbors. One particular neighbor, ... Read More
After taking cookies to neighbors, one neighbor friend who I don’t see very often, came by the next day and invited me for ... Read More
Recently, we had some new friends over for dinner. While I was cleaning up the dishes from the table, the wife had come into the ... Read More
During language class, our tutor asked us to tell about a vacation that we had taken, and we were able to talk about an old Roman ... Read More
First, I feel like my efforts to learn language are being thwarted. I’m living near my focus Kurdish people group. There are many Read More
While traveling to a village in Turkey to minister to nationals, a church group shared the gospel more openly and frequently than they ... Read More
The security situation in the Iraqi Kurdistan remains unstable. The central government is divided and weak, multiple ethnic and ... Read More
There is a new believer in a very remote part of Iraqi Kurdistan. A new believer, “Salam”, came to faith in Christ as a graduate ... Read More
On Saturday a teammate and I went to visit my former neighbor, “Zoe”, and her grown daughter. Zoe was recently diagnosed with ... Read More
“I have noticed you are different from the [Westerners] I see on television and in movies. Why? What makes you different?” *Hank asked. Read More
Praise the Father for answering prayers and sending workers into the harvest! This month and next our region will welcome four new ... Read More
Every year, millions of Muslims worldwide sacrifice a sheep or a cow at a holiday commemorating Abraham’s offering to God. The ... Read More
“I bring you GOOD NEWS that will cause GREAT JOY for ALL PEOPLE.” Luke 2:10. For those who know Christ as Savior this season brings ... Read More
A few weeks ago, many women at the community center came for a Thanksgiving Celebration. A national believer shared with them a ... Read More
A foreign coach decided to ask his Muslim friend at the corner market near his home if he would like to read the Bible with him. The ... Read More
These last few months I have had the privilege of getting to know a local believer’s sister. She has been a pleasure to get to know, ... Read More
Thursday, December 18th, will be the annual Christmas Celebration at the Community Center. There are many new attendees right now who ... Read More
An expat family in Istanbul recently had their home broken into. The wife decided that she needed to prepare a testimony of ... Read More
I had a conversation with a young K who just graduated university a couple months ago. We talked about his dreams, the future, his ... Read More
Please lift up my friends “Murry” & “Melvin” (An uncle and his nephew) who work at a local market. I have ... Read More
I was able to give a Bible to a girl named “E.” She texted me a few days later saying that she was reading it, had ... Read More
Our new friend Mr. G is the only believer in his entire people group living in this part of the world. He was pursued by Christ at a ... Read More
If you watched the news this summer, many of you heard about the Yezidi people in Northern Iraq. They are a distinct Kurdish people ... Read More
A few weeks ago, I was praying specifically that God would lead us to new people in the city that were seeking him. I was convinced ... Read More
Please plead with the Father on behalf of the ½ million refugees living in our city. Many of them escaped their homes with only the ... Read More
I emailed a new contact this month to see if he had received the New Testament that he had requested. “M” called me back ... Read More
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” In His grace, He pursues us and loves us right where we are. Praise Him that He does! Read More
On a recent trip, I was a bit discouraged. We had gone hoping to meet with believers, as well as look for a potential spot for a ... Read More
While we attended a Church Family Camp in a Muslim country, I was asked to lead one of the discussion groups after each day’s morning ... Read More
As seasons pass here, my urgency for these people grows. I realize it is in the hands of my dear Savior to change hearts and reveal ... Read More
I had a conversation with a young Kurd who just graduated university a couple months ago. We talked about his dreams, the future, his ... Read More
Not long ago, I had a very interesting conversation with my language helper. I always thought that she thought I was a crazy parent ... Read More
A Muslim man in Turkey recently asked a Christian about the new Noah movie. He had seen the film and wanted to know how it compared ... Read More
An expat believer was introduced to a Muslim family recently. The believer started spending quite a bit of time with their daughter ... Read More
Every year on April 23, thousands of Muslims make a pilgrimage to a Christian church on an island near Istanbul, Turkey. They light ... Read More
The kerosene heater exploded taking the life of the mother of three small children, the close cousin of Charity*. The children, ages ... Read More
“What should I do?” This is a question I have heard often from Selah* over the course of our friendship this past year. For the past ... Read More
Fadime is a soccer mom. Her black robe and veil cover her entire body, with only an opening for her eyes and nose. Normally women who ... Read More
*Rose was the first lady that came to the community center before we even opened. She saw the sign, *A Place of Hope, and said that ... Read More
In a break during a recent class, my student confessed to me that he hates life. He lives here as a refugee, having come from a nearby ... Read More
While helping my friend “B” at the community center, I had the opportunity to ask him three worldview questions: Who is ... Read More
Praise the Lord for our language teacher! W* is patient, kind and a blessing to many. Although she has been surrounded by witnesses ... Read More
Three single ladies on our team have recently moved into a new house after a challenging previous living situation. Two more will join ... Read More
A young teacher named *B has been coming to our cultural club recently. He is a Kurd from Batman, Turkey. He is not shy, but in large ... Read More
Ask *Jamal. Look at his hands, cracked and bleeding from working construction in the freezing cold. Like Noor, Jamal is a refugee from ... Read More
*Kayhan and his family are Kurds from the most eastern part of Turkey. When growing up he had been into the neighboring country ... Read More
Please pray for *Ufuk, a Zaza/Turkish believer, who has been struggling recently. Breaks-ups, bad news from his school, and struggles ... Read More
Father, I love my friends. They are gifts from you. We have laughed and cried together through the years. I have watched them grow ... Read More
*Robert has been reading the Word, texting me, asking good questions, and requesting prayer. A friend and I went out to Robert’s Read More
I became friends with “Oscar” and shared the gospel with him a few times. Last summer, he went to America and then ... Read More
A woman in Istanbul, *Gloria, has been a faithful attender at a community center for over a year. Every once in a while she will bring Read More
*Lila, a local woman in Turkey, requested a Bible. She asked where she should start reading and was told Genesis for the OT and ... Read More
I was excited that God recently used cookies to start a new relationship. I took some cookies to my neighbor who I had never met and ... Read More
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in ... Read More
*Bean has been visiting a community center in Turkey for about a month. He is interested in becoming a better English speaker because ... Read More
I went with a friend in Turkey who teaches English classes to participate with his class. The lesson went on for a while with the ... Read More
A woman in Turkey called *Allison cannot read and was lamenting the fact that she did not have more time for God’s Word. A couple of ... Read More
Our friend *S is a Kurdish woman from a neighboring country who has been seeking Truth. She has read the gospels over the past few ... Read More
God in His grace and love for the Kurdish people has ordained a window of opportunity for His witnesses to come here to Kurdistan and ... Read More
Please pray for gospel workers who will be moving to a Kurdish area. They will seek to build some type of sports ministry but are ... Read More
Please pray for an American church, Pinelake, which is beginning to explore/engage the Kurds in Nashville, TN. (Nashville has the ... Read More
*Baran, a Kurd from eastern Turkey, said he was interested in coming to the Easter celebration where 500+ believers would gather ... Read More
Please pray for “Gina”. She is a K lady who has been faithfully coming to our community center for at least a year. Recently she has ... Read More
Praise the Lord for hearing the prayers of His saints and sending many new workers to this harvest field amongst the Kurdish people of ... Read More
Please consider joining churches from around the world as we pray for the Turks and Kurds of Turkey throughout the month of May. You ... Read More
This Friday (Good Friday) marks the 7th anniversary of the murders of three Christians (two Turks and a German) in Malatya, Turkey. ... Read More
This weekend will be the first known Easter celebration in a Kurdish city in Turkey. As Christians, the resurrection of our Lord is the Read More
As a part of this month’s Secret Church Simulcast from pastor and author David Platt and the people of the Church at Brook Hills, Read More
H is a large, likable, gregarious Kurdish man who loves life, family, culture and religion. As the son of a mullah, his religious roots Read More
Pray for Dl & Sal, our brother & sister in Him: Pray they wouldn’t look for teachers or special events or materials to ... Read More
Please pray for the translation of the Word into the Behidini dialect of Kurdish. This dialect is spoken by a comparatively small ... Read More
The sky was finally clear this particular evening as M, Z and I were far away from any city lights that tend to steal the glory of the ... Read More
Please pray for a group who is traveling among the Kurds this week with the goal to share the gospel and hand out New Testaments and ... Read More
Would you pray for him and the seeds that have been planted by this family and our team to grow, by God's grace? Would you pray for the Read More
For generations the Kurds have lived in the shadows of the Arabs, Persians, and Turks. Whether the result of ministry decisions or ... Read More
“What does it mean to pray? When do you pray? How do you pray? Do you have to pray? Why do you pray? Why is God a man? Why in the ... Read More
Please pray for the leaders of a local church here that are having troubles, who have even deciding to separate and go different ways. ... Read More
Please pray for S, a Kurdish woman who has been a believer for many years. At 16, against her family’s wishes, she married a ... Read More
I was able to visit a cemevi (an Alevi Muslim house of worship) with 3 K friends. One friend was Alevi but the other two had never been Read More
*UPDATE – He made it! No problems at the border and all is well! ________________________________ Please pray that an expat ... Read More
My team mate and I spent time this past weekend in our local friend *Remzi’s hometown in the Eastern part of Turkey. We spent ... Read More
If you are in contact with Kurds where you live, then here are some videos in the three major Kurdish dialects to help you as you share Read More
Praise the Lord, we recently had two professions of faith from people that we have been meeting with over the last few months. At the ... Read More
“Lilly” saw an open Bible on a table and asked, “Is that a New Testament? Can I see it? I have always been curious ... Read More
“Glenda,” a Muslim woman in Turkey, attends a cooking club hosted by expat Christians. After a period of time, she had a ... Read More
God is working to call out His people, and we don’t always know who they are. A man in eastern Turkey was interested in finding out ... Read More
The week before Christmas, a group of Western believers in a Muslim country had a Christmas celebration at the community center where ... Read More
“Ira” is a Kurd from Siirt who lives in Istanbul. He received a Bible from a Christian a few months back and is reading it Read More
One morning my friend, Isabelle, knocked on my door. “Hey, come over in little while and I will show you how to make aşure and we Read More
While traveling in eastern Turkey this fall, a couple of Christians met a national who had been learning from the Jehovah’s ... Read More
While traveling in a small Kurdish city, an expat stumbled across a man in a fish market who shared with him that he was a believer. ... Read More
A worker among Kurds reports: “We moved to our new city! We also were able to meet some believers and see two baptisms! So ... Read More
For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. This is a simple scientific fact learned by most children in school. But ... Read More
Three former Muslims were baptized in the Black Sea this summer. One of them has grown tremendously in his faith and has even gone on ... Read More
My husband and I had the opportunity to visit our old language teacher at her summer home for two days. I noticed that she definitely ... Read More
A tourist recently celebrated his birthday during a trip to eastern Turkey. As he ate cake with some friends at a bakery, the Kurdish ... Read More
While asking her language teacher, “Tulane,” to help her with an opening and closing for a prayer in Turkish, an expat was ... Read More
A national contacted a ministry in Turkey through Facebook, specifically asking about spiritual things. Later, he came by their office Read More
A young American living in Istanbul went to dinner with his local friend “Oliver” to celebrate his acceptance into a three ... Read More
My friend “Ike” speaks really good English, but is also willing to practice Turkish with me. Recently, while going back ... Read More
While listening to the Bible story of Jesus casting the demons out of a man and into a herd of pigs, two Zaza Kurd sisters began ... Read More
As the summer heat sets in, mountains turn brown, dust whirls around, and the pace of life slows, I am reminded even in the driest and ... Read More
Recently, I’ve been thinking of the absurdly radical story that we believe and what it means in the Kurdish world. Here, to say that ... Read More
Last year, I met two women from eastern Turkey who lived in my apartment complex. I visited them but didn’t feel like they really Read More
We have been teaching our friend, “Rose,” and her seeking family members about suffering and how Scripture says her enemies Read More
A K woman I know has been a believer for about a year but has never been ready to be baptized. She has listened to misinformation from ... Read More
While in the bakery, I ran into a lady I had met more than three years ago. Her son was in the same kindergarten class as our son—and ... Read More
If you want to know what the sunset looks like from their side of the world…
The week before Easter, during an English class in a Muslim country, the teacher walked through the “resurrection eggs” ... Read More
A young foreign couple in Turkey was learning Turkish from a language helper called “Ernie.” Since Ernie was preparing to ... Read More
A young girl in our neighborhood is very friendly toward us, but shows no interest in Truth and usually argues with me after she ... Read More
Beggars come to my door constantly. Sometimes, I am able to get to know their stories and their needs. This month, a woman with two ... Read More
Our first week back in Turkey I needed to go get some replacement light bulbs, so I went to my friend’s hardware store. He immediately ... Read More
I’ve had some great conversations recently with “Tony.” He continues to come in with questions from his reading of ... Read More
Big praise, Luke and Acts have been officially published in Behdini (a Kurdish dialect in NW Iraq)! And this week the Lord provided me ... Read More
A few months ago, my guitar started making a strange twanging noise when I would play for our house church. I took it to the only music Read More
One morning, I prayed for encouragement, asking God to use me for His Work and to give me grace to see how He had used me. Hours later ... Read More
A Westerner living overseas in a Muslim country was going daily to physical therapy for her back. One Friday, she was told to pay ... Read More
An expat got into a long conversation with a man called “Ike” about what it means to follow the rules of Islam. Ike talked ... Read More
My wife and I had our language helper record ten or so simple redemptive stories that we could listen to and begin to build up our ... Read More
We have had “M” as our language teacher for around 3 months, but she just obtained a new job, so she will have to stop ... Read More
A couple of weeks ago, “Z,” a Kurd from Batman, Turkey, visited a community center in Istanbul. It just so happened that ... Read More
Our 6 year-old daughter attends a local school in Turkey. Her teacher invited me and another American, believing mom to share about ... Read More
In October 2011, two K church leaders, “Chet” and “Victor,” got in an argument over how to distribute relief ... Read More
Recently, the house of a local believer flooded due to a lot of rain. Not just flooded, but the sewer backed up and filthy sewage ... Read More
During an English lesson at a community center in a Muslim mega-city, a student got out a list of questions he had written down from ... Read More
A few weeks ago, a local delivery man met our daughter for the first time and asked where she was from. I explained that we adopted her Read More
In Exodus 28, we read of the instructions that God gave Moses regarding the clothing of the priests who would be serving before God. ... Read More
The following is a conversation between me, a friend, and her husband. Me: Why do you look upset? Husband: I just got off the phone ... Read More
The other day we went to visit a family in our city. I had met this family only two times before and only very quickly. However we ... Read More
“Getting engaged? Getting engaged? Really? When? Tomorrow? Really? When did this happen?” I had this exact conversation twice in the ... Read More
As I visited with some students in my English class during our fifteen-minute break, one of my brightest students roamed in bearing a ... Read More
In most parts of Turkey, drinking water has to be ordered from a store and is delivered in huge 5 gallon bottles. Not long ago, I ... Read More
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your ... Read More
Recently, some foreigners hosted a viewing of the “Passion of the Christ” film in Turkish. There were about 15 adults ... Read More
We had a new Kurdish believer, “Rose,” her family, and her sister’s family over for dinner before Christmas. That ... Read More
On a Sunday in December, a young Zaza believer named “Hope” visited a great church in Istanbul with me. He enjoyed it, but Read More
After the wedding of our neighbor’s daughter, Mom and I visited the mother and grandmother of the bride to bring our wedding ... Read More
While touring with my in-laws in the historic Muslim city where I live, I met a man at a tea garden. He had a dervish man tattooed on ... Read More
Last year, a Kurdish man called “Barry” came to faith through our local house church. Later, due to an earthquake that ... Read More
A Kurdish woman called “Rose” has been visiting our community center for several months and has made friends with many of ... Read More
While shopping in a large Muslim city at the local neighborhood bazaar with my Mom, who was browsing sweater vests, the vendor asked ... Read More
We were sitting around the other day when a knock came at our door. Knocks in general aren’t uncommon, but as we live on the 3rd floor ... Read More
A few years ago, shortly after a Zaza Kurd trusted Christ, an American expat began to disciple the new believer by pouring into his ... Read More
The community center where I serve continues to provide many open doors for gospel witness, so I praise the Lord for that! Recently, ... Read More
“If I killed you, I’d go straight to heaven. I just don’t think I could get away with it.” This is what one Kurdish believer’s own ... Read More
A Christian from America had a good talk with a Muslim Kurdish man. Unprompted, the Muslim started telling the story of Genesis in ... Read More
In many Muslim countries, men roam the streets before dawn beating large drums to wake up the faithful for an early breakfast before ... Read More
While riding with a friend on a Friday morning (a time usually reserved for prayer at the mosque), he told me that this was his ... Read More
“I don’t really care if my friend loves his wife or not; that’s his business. I don’t really want to hear about it at all.” Such were Read More
On Friday, July 20th, millions of Muslims around the globe will begin fasting by day and feasting by night. Ramadan has come and many ... Read More
In one swift motion, Bailey swooped him up, lifted him over the railing of the patio, and then let him dangle there, about 15 feet from Read More
Shahang pulled out all of the ultrasound pictures, doctor’s reports, tests, and empty medicine packets to show me. My lap was full as I Read More
Rose had obviously watched the video. She was shocked that women were the first to find the empty tomb, yet not shocked that the men ... Read More
Springtime is a favorite time for Central Asians to spend the afternoon in their vineyards. They take nuts and tea, pick green almonds, Read More
On my long bus commute home one evening, realized I was getting sick with something. I was starting to feel very weak and very quickly ... Read More
I had an unexpected opportunity to visit with Nick recently. Things with his family have not improved; actually it seems they have ... Read More
My neighbor came over the other day. She does that often, usually trying to help me do something, or show me how to do something ... Read More
NOTE: The following story comes from a worker living in a city with no existing church...yet. I have been sharing the Gospel with M ... Read More
Domestic violence is still a huge issue within Kurdish society. There’s really no telling what goes on behind those gates – much like ... Read More
As another volunteer worker and I picked our way past the debris of collapsed mud brick houses, we arrived at the makeshift tent we ... Read More
In March of this past year a new network was formed in El Salvador with several churches coming together to focus on Central Asia, ... Read More
I have been trying to form a closer relationship with, "Mahmut," the young dad from a Kurdish family who lives in our apartment ... Read More
I feel blessed to have the privilege of serving overseas with children. My children often open doors to meet neighbors and other ... Read More
Please continue to pray for those in the earthquake affected area of Van, Turkey. After the second earthquake there, more than 70% of ... Read More
Islamic holidays follow a lunar calendar. The feast just recently celebrated, comes 70 days after Ramadan and occurs during the time ... Read More
The once busy sidewalks of this city in eastern Turkey have morphed into a desolate maze of partly collapsed buildings, broken glass ... Read More
A magnitude-7.2 quake last month and a magnitude-5.7 quake last week flattened some 2,000 buildings, killed 644 people and left ... Read More
Upon moving into a new neighborhood, I met “Arnold,” a pastry baker, while looking for a cooking supply needed by my wife. I was ... Read More
Nick’s a family man. He’s got a wife and a couple of kids to look after, and like many he struggles with issues that come in a fallen ... Read More
More than 200 people were confirmed killed and hundreds more feared dead on Monday after an earthquake hit parts of southeast Turkey, ... Read More
ey’d been walking and praying, praying and walking, for nearly three hours. As eager newcomers to the Kurdish homelands, they were ... Read More
Recently I took my children out to the playground near our house and met a lady who works as a nanny watching three kids in our ... Read More
Anyone who knows anything about the Kurds is aware of the tensions in areas where they live. The emotions on both sides exacerbate the ... Read More
When we first met Paul months ago in a city with no known believers and no church, he was living in a tiny hostel, but he insisted on ... Read More
When it comes to Kurdish studies, Martin van Bruinessen is one of the most well-known and respected Western scholars. Although it is ... Read More
“Stephen” grew up hating Christians. In fact, he remembers thinking as a little boy that if he ever met a Christian, he would kill him. Read More
See the Joshua Project profile for the Kurds of Turkey HERE.
Check out this great piece on Iraqi Kurdistan at http://www.slate.com/id/2285548/
One of the greatest hindrances of evangelism amongst MBB’s (Muslim Background Believers) is the fear of everyone knowing that they have Read More
The atmosphere in the room was laid-back and comfortable. Those who had gathered told stories and laughed heartily. The next day, ... Read More
The video below includes some great shots from Kurdish life and culture.
About a week ago, I went with Moose, to go visit the old wise man of his village. While sitting in the living room with 12 men, one of ... Read More
The population of Northern Iraq is overwhelmingly Kurdish. Three key cities influence the north: Erbil, Sulaimaniyah, and Duhok. Please Read More
Check out the video below for a quick look at some aspects of Kurdish culture and life.
I saw the look in his eyes, and I rejoiced and prayed. As the young man walked away, he held the gift in his hands and glanced over it Read More
The Kurds are said to be the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East after the Arabs, Persians, and Turks. Historically, many ... Read More