Responding to the Gospel

Responding to the Gospel

Please pray for Hem, a Kurdish man who has heard the gospel several times and seemingly responded in faith.

A Growing Fellowship

A Growing Fellowship

Please pray for the four primary leaders of the local Kurdish group of believers that baptized eight new believers.

New Team Members!

New Team Members!

On September 26th, a family that has been in one of our strategic Central Asian cities will be joining us in our city...

God is Forgiving, Right?

God is Forgiving, Right?

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

Under Construction

Under Construction

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

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

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

Connections

Connections

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

We say, ‘Allah.’ What do you say?

We say, ‘Allah.’ What do you say?

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

Story Telling

Story Telling

I recently learned the story of Jesus calming the sea in Arabic. It was the first Bible story in Arabic that I’ve learned. Last ... Read More

New Doors

New Doors

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

Long Term Friendships

Long Term Friendships

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

Pray for Expats and Locals

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

Mourning with Those who Mourn

Mourning with Those who Mourn

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

Baptism Picnic

Baptism Picnic

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

Atheist Seeker

Atheist Seeker

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

Henna

Henna

Our neighbor, *C, came over for coffee one evening.  We had a really interesting conversation about henna.  She said henna symbolizes ... Read More

Prayer for Valley Town

Prayer for Valley Town

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

Giving Directions

Giving Directions

Last month, when we visited a particular neighborhood in Istanbul, we met “Uncle M.”  God put him in our path and after ... Read More

Conversations with a Language Tutor

Conversations with a Language Tutor

Repeating the Gospel

Repeating the Gospel

Professed Faith

Professed Faith

I Want to Walk in the Light

I Want to Walk in the Light

Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons

Pray for Our Families

Pray for Our Families

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

My Religion is the Problem

My Religion is the Problem

A Case for Theft

A Case for Theft

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!

Who Are The Kurds?

Who Are The Kurds?

There are about 25 million Kurds in the world, give or take a few million. Their homeland, called “Kurdistan,” spans four countries: ... Read More

Prayer Guides

Prayer Guides

In the Face of Mocking

In the Face of Mocking

While an expat visited her Kurdish friend’s store, two shop patrons were sitting around drinking tea.  One of them was from ... Read More

Warts

Warts

A friend and I met up with “R,” a local Kurdish college student so that he could practice some English.  While chatting ... Read More

Boldness

Boldness

My colleague and I spent an evening hanging out with two Kurdish brothers who are believers.  Another Kurdish friend and their cousin ... Read More

The Refugee Highway

The Refugee Highway

“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

God’s Sovereignty in the Gospel

God’s Sovereignty in the Gospel

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

Another Move, A Faithful God

Another Move, A Faithful God

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

New Life!

Perhaps the coolest thing that has happened this month is the safe delivery of our newest team member!  Complications with the ... Read More

Investment Paying Off

Investment Paying Off

There have been several people really investing in “Rachel’s” life and the lives of her family members. This week she Read More

What Do You Pray About?

What Do You Pray About?

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

Head of a Household

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

Escape to Europe

Escape to Europe

A Christian worker approached a friend about teaching her the Kurmanji Kurdish language.  Instead, the friend suggested a Yezidi ... Read More

Even Baby Jesus is a Stumbling Block

Even Baby Jesus is a Stumbling Block

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

New Church Planting Partnership

New Church Planting Partnership

A new partnership group has recently been developed that focuses on implementing church planting strategies among Kurds wherever they ... Read More

Correct Teaching

Correct Teaching

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

Christmas Celebration

Christmas Celebration

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

The Trash Man

The Trash Man

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

Alevi Zaza

Alevi Zaza

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

Conversations at a Cafe

Conversations at a Cafe

An American evangelist has had good conversations with “Steve” because his fiancee is from a traditionally Christian ... Read More

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

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

Let the Bible Draw People to Christ

Let the Bible Draw People to Christ

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

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents

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

First Time Hearers

First Time Hearers

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

Thanksgiving Outreach

Thanksgiving Outreach

My heart is still full by what the Father did at our center’s Thanksgiving celebration.  We had approximately 70 ladies and ... Read More

Prayers Answered

Prayers Answered

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

God’s Power is Made Perfect in Weakness

God’s Power is Made Perfect in Weakness

“K,” a worker in Turkey, has been facing physical and emotional challenges the last year.  As much as she and her husband ... Read More

Bedroom Bible Study

Bedroom Bible Study

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

What Do the Other Books Say?

What Do the Other Books Say?

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

Religious

Religious

While in language class in Turkey, an expat worker began answering questions in class with Truth laced answers.  His teacher finally ... Read More

Kickboxing Kurd

Kickboxing Kurd

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

Barber Shop Time

Barber Shop Time

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

Religious

Religious

While in language class in Turkey, an expat worker began answering questions in class with Truth-laced answers.  His teacher finally ... Read More

Hay*, Mee*, and His Brother Make Three

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

Pray for Boaz

Pray for Boaz

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

Pray for Workers

Pray for Workers

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

Seek and You Shall Find

Seek and You Shall Find

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

God is at Work among Kurds from Syria

God is at Work among Kurds from Syria

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

Encouragement

Encouragement

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

Bus Driver

Bus Driver

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

While at the Beach

While at the Beach

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 Newly Believing Syrian Kurdish Family

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

Fast in Secret

Fast in Secret

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

A Difference in Fasting

A Difference in Fasting

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

Ikea

Ikea

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

Ever Seen God Answer Prayer?

Ever Seen God Answer Prayer?

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

Our Culture is Based on the Bible

Our Culture is Based on the Bible

A couple of Christians were trying to meet with a new Zaza believer who lived on the outskirts of Istanbul.  They drove all the way out Read More

Conservative Muslim Friend

Conservative Muslim Friend

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

In Search of Treasure

In Search of Treasure

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

‘Honor Thy Parents’ and Baptism

‘Honor Thy Parents’ and Baptism

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

Prayers for Northern Iraq

Prayers for Northern Iraq

Please lift up the workers who are constantly in spiritual warfare which has particularly been showing itself in instances of houses ... Read More

2015 Zaza Alliance Conference

2015 Zaza Alliance Conference

Have you registered for the 2015 Zaza Alliance Conference yet?  For more information about the 2015 Zaza Conference to be held in ... Read More

Hope for the Hearing

Hope for the Hearing

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

A Weekend of Opportunities

A Weekend of Opportunities

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

Why Are You So Different?

Why Are You So Different?

“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

Sunday Surprise

Sunday Surprise

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

Family Ministry at the Park

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

New Friends in a New City

New Friends in a New City

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

Tea Anyone?

Tea Anyone?

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

A Family In Search of Truth

A Family In Search of Truth

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

The Sobering Effect of the Doctrine of Hell

The Sobering Effect of the Doctrine of Hell

Please pray for *Figgie whose father recently passed away.  Figgie has heard the gospel frequently the past year.  Pray that during ... Read More

No Detours

No Detours

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…”

“One Of Us Is Wrong…”

“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

Building Trust

Building Trust

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

Meeting Jesus in the Big City

Meeting Jesus in the Big City

*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

Coaching to Christ

Coaching to Christ

A football player in Turkey, “Mike,” would regularly come to his American coach and ask questions about the plays they were Read More

How Do You Become A Christian?

How Do You Become A Christian?

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

Reconciliation Tea

Reconciliation Tea

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 for the Gospel

Family for the Gospel

Family in our city is a central part of life.  Large family gatherings are common (multiple generations are often under the same ... Read More

Gospel Presentation for Honor and Shame Cultures: Back to God’s Village

Gospel Presentation for Honor and Shame Cultures: Back to God’s Village

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

Too Open for Jesus

Too Open for Jesus

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

Culture Learning: Honor and Shame

Culture Learning: Honor and Shame

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

Hope for Holly

Hope for Holly

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

Tolle Lege

Tolle Lege

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*

Hunter*

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

Gospel Embodied Communities

Gospel Embodied Communities

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

A Choice to Follow Christ

A Choice to Follow Christ

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

Easter Tea

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

New Evangelists

New Evangelists

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

Wanted: Good Soil

Wanted: Good Soil

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

May the Lord Reveal Himself

May the Lord Reveal Himself

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

Being Good Neighbors

Being Good Neighbors

Several months ago, some expats moved to Turkey and became acquainted with their new neighbors.  One particular neighbor, ... Read More

Taking Time to Proclaim Truth

Taking Time to Proclaim Truth

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

The Boldness of Children

The Boldness of Children

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

Not By Works

Not By Works

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

Prayer for Worker among Kurds

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

Proclamation

Proclamation

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

Security

The security situation in the Iraqi Kurdistan remains unstable. The central government is divided and weak, multiple ethnic and ... Read More

“Salam”

“Salam”

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

How Can I Get Rid of This Burden?

How Can I Get Rid of This Burden?

On Saturday a teammate and I went to visit my former neighbor, “Zoe”, and her grown daughter. Zoe was recently diagnosed with ... Read More

The Difference Christ Makes

The Difference Christ Makes

“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

New Laborers

New Laborers

Praise the Father for answering prayers and sending workers into the harvest! This month and next our region will welcome four new ... Read More

The Sacrifice Holiday

The Sacrifice Holiday

Every year, millions of Muslims worldwide sacrifice a sheep or a cow at a holiday commemorating Abraham’s offering to God.  The ... Read More

Great Joy

Great Joy

“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

Thanksgiving Thanksgiving

A few weeks ago, many women at the community center came for a Thanksgiving Celebration.  A national believer shared with them a ... Read More

Would You Like to Read the Bible?

Would You Like to Read the Bible?

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

Christmas Celebration

Thursday, December 18th, will be the annual Christmas Celebration at the Community Center.  There are many new attendees right now who ... Read More

What Thieves Cannot Steal

An expat family in Istanbul recently had their home broken into.  The wife decided that she needed to prepare a testimony of ... Read More

Ridiculous Good News

Ridiculous Good News

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

Murry and Melvin

Please lift up my friends “Murry” & “Melvin” (An uncle and his nephew) who work at a local market. I have ... Read More

Wrestling with the Truth

Wrestling with the Truth

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

Used for His Glory

Used for His Glory

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

Pray for Yezidis

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

Truth Seekers

Truth Seekers

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

Who Will Intercede for Them?

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

The Witness of Tourists

The Witness of Tourists

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

From Sauls to Pauls

“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

Divine Appointment

Divine Appointment

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

Family Camp

Family Camp

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

What do you do?

What do you do?

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

Ridiculous Good News

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

Parenting as a Witness

Parenting as a Witness

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

The Noah Movie

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

Resurrection

An expat believer was introduced to a Muslim family recently.  The believer started spending quite a bit of time with their daughter ... Read More

Island Pilgrimage

Island Pilgrimage

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

Grace for Charity

Grace for Charity

The kerosene heater exploded taking the life of the mother of three small children, the close cousin of Charity*.  The children, ages ... Read More

Security for Selah

“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

Soccer Mom

Soccer Mom

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

A Place of Hope

A Place of Hope

*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

Thoughts of Suicide

Thoughts of Suicide

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

Three Questions

While helping my friend “B” at the community center, I had the opportunity to ask him three worldview questions: Who is ... Read More

Heard But Not Received

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

Used for His Glory

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

Pray for *B from Btown

Pray for *B from Btown

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

Jesus makes life easy, right?

Jesus makes life easy, right?

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

  *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

*Ufuk

Please pray for *Ufuk, a Zaza/Turkish believer, who has been struggling recently. Breaks-ups, bad news from his school, and struggles ... Read More

An Earnest Prayer for Friends

An Earnest Prayer for Friends

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

A Visit to an Eastern Village

A Visit to an Eastern Village

*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

Kindness to Foreigners

Kindness to Foreigners

I became friends with “Oscar” and shared the gospel with him a few times.  Last summer, he went to America and then ... Read More

Woman of Peace

Woman of Peace

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

Seeker

*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

Cookies

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

Faith in That Which Actually Saves

Faith in That Which Actually Saves

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

Holy Spirit Breathed

Holy Spirit Breathed

*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

Truth Cannot be Countered

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

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

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

Pray: Is Jesus Enough?

Pray: Is Jesus Enough?

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

Pray: Window of Opportunity

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

Pray: Sports Ministry

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

Pray: Churches Serving Kurds in the States

Please pray for an American church, Pinelake, which is beginning to explore/engage the Kurds in Nashville, TN.  (Nashville has the ... Read More

Pray: *Baran, Murat and friends

Pray: *Baran, Murat and friends

*Baran, a Kurd from eastern Turkey, said he was interested in coming to the Easter celebration where 500+ believers would gather ... Read More

Pray: Gina

Pray: Gina

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

Pray: God is at work

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

Hope for Turkey Prayer Guide

Hope for Turkey Prayer Guide

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

Pray: Malatya in Remembrance and Hope

Pray: Malatya in Remembrance and Hope

This Friday (Good Friday) marks the 7th anniversary of the murders of three Christians (two Turks and a German) in Malatya, Turkey. ... Read More

Pray: First Easter in a Kurdish City

Pray: First Easter in a Kurdish City

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

Secret Church Simulcast – Good Friday, April 18, 2014

Secret Church Simulcast – Good Friday, April 18, 2014

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

Pray: Sweet Neighbors

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: Believing Kurdish Family in Need of Growth

Pray for Dl & Sal, our brother & sister in Him: Pray they wouldn’t look for teachers or special events or materials to ... Read More

Pray: for Behidini speaking Kurds in Northern Iraq

Please pray for the translation of the Word into the Behidini dialect of Kurdish. This dialect is spoken by a comparatively small ... Read More

Prayers in Kurdistan

Prayers in Kurdistan

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

Pray: Short term sharing trip

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

Pray: Gospel Seeds to Grow for “O”

Pray: Gospel Seeds to Grow for “O”

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

An Historic Opportunity

An Historic Opportunity

For generations the Kurds have lived in the shadows of the Arabs, Persians, and Turks. Whether the result of ministry decisions or ... Read More

Does Jesus Love Women?

Does Jesus Love Women?

“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

Pray: Leadership Struggles

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

Pray: Believing Wife in Need of Preservation

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

The Cemevi

The Cemevi

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

Pray: Expat Reentry

*UPDATE – He made it! No problems at the border and all is well! ________________________________ Please pray that an expat ... Read More

Pray: *Remzi and Family

Pray: *Remzi and Family

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

Jesus Films for Kurds

Jesus Films for Kurds

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

The Primacy of Prayer

The Primacy of Prayer

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

A Local’s Testimony

A Local’s Testimony

“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

Muslim Dreaming about Church

Muslim Dreaming about Church

“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

God is Working

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

Christmas

Christmas

The week before Christmas, a group of Western believers in a Muslim country had a Christmas celebration at the community center where ... Read More

Why are Christians so Good?

“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

Noah’s Ark Pudding

Noah’s Ark Pudding

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

Jehovah’s Witness

While traveling in eastern Turkey this fall, a couple of Christians met a national who had been learning from the Jehovah’s ... Read More

The Secret Believer

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

Answered Prayers

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…

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

Black Sea Baptism

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

Summer Home

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

No One Knows What I Am

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

Let Your Light Shine

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 Seeker

A national contacted a ministry in Turkey through Facebook, specifically asking about spiritual things.  Later, he came by their office Read More

The God of All Comfort

A young American living in Istanbul went to dinner with his local friend “Oliver” to celebrate his acceptance into a three ... Read More

Propitiation

My friend “Ike” speaks really good English, but is also willing to practice Turkish with me.  Recently, while going back ... Read More

Demons

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

Great Blessings

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

An Absurdly Radical Story

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

Unexpected Questions

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

Enemies from One’s Own Family

We have been teaching our friend, “Rose,” and her seeking family members about suffering and how Scripture says her enemies Read More

Baptism

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

Catching Up

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

Sundown in a Kurdish City

If you want to know what the sunset looks like from their side of the world…

Conversations in English Class

The week before Easter, during an English class in a Muslim country, the teacher walked through the “resurrection eggs” ... Read More

What about those Who Haven’t Heard?

A young foreign couple in Turkey was learning Turkish from a language helper called “Ernie.” Since Ernie was preparing to ... Read More

The One Who Makes the Blind See

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

Truth to Chew on When the Food Runs Out

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

Fresh off the Plane

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

Pray for Tony

I’ve had some great conversations recently with “Tony.” He continues to come in with questions from his reading of ... Read More

Controlled by Fear

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

It Started with a Twang

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

Prayer

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

Everybody Makes their own Decision

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

The Scandal of the Cross

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

iPad Evangelism

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

Bring it Home Quickly

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

The Unchanging Word of God

A couple of weeks ago, “Z,” a Kurd from Batman, Turkey, visited a community center in Istanbul. It just so happened that ... Read More

Decorations for Jesus’ Birthday

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

Anger

In October 2011, two K church leaders, “Chet” and “Victor,” got in an argument over how to distribute relief ... Read More

In Jesus We Are Family!

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

Seeking

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

We Are All Sinners and Need a Savior

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

“For Glory and for Beauty”

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

“Christians Are Weak”

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

Power Outages and Kids

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

For me, that will suffice…

“Getting engaged? Getting engaged? Really? When? Tomorrow? Really? When did this happen?” I had this exact conversation twice in the ... Read More

Solitary Prayers

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

The Gerasene

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

True Righteousness

“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

Passion of the Christ

Recently, some foreigners hosted a viewing of the “Passion of the Christ” film in Turkish.  There were about 15 adults ... Read More

Advent

We had a new Kurdish believer, “Rose,” her family, and her sister’s family over for dinner before Christmas.  That ... Read More

Church

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

Washing Dishes as unto the Lord

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

Birds Confirm the Gospel

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

Growing Faith

Last year, a Kurdish man called “Barry” came to faith through our local house church.  Later, due to an earthquake that ... Read More

Wheelchair Evangelism

A Kurdish woman called “Rose” has been visiting our community center for several months and has made friends with many of ... Read More

Reaching Out to the Nations in the USA

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

I’m not done with this yet

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 Kind of Prodigal

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

Spiritual Blindness

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

The Persecuted Church

“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

The Medes

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

Drumming up Business

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

An Outward Religion

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

Lover or Slave?

“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

Ramadan

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

Faith like a Child

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

A Cry for Help

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

A “Rose” Blooms

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

Remain in Me

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

Boasting in Weakness

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

7 Days of Prayer

7 Days of Prayer

I’ve Made my Decision

I had an unexpected opportunity to visit with Nick recently. Things with his family have not improved; actually it seems they have ... Read More

Cleaning the Roof

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

Digging Up Rocks, Sowing Seed…Reaping Fruit?

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

Behind the Gates

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

Shelter

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

New Networks in Latin America

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

A Holiday Every Week

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 Hexed Your Children

I feel blessed to have the privilege of serving overseas with children. My children often open doors to meet neighbors and other ... Read More

Continue to Pray for Van

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

The Big Feast

Islamic holidays follow a lunar calendar. The feast just recently celebrated, comes 70 days after Ramadan and occurs during the time ... Read More

NYT Earthquake Story

The once busy sidewalks of this city in eastern Turkey have morphed into a desolate maze of partly collapsed buildings, broken glass ... Read More

Second Quake, Onset of Winter bring Significant Needs

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

Worth the Wait

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

“…along with persecutions” Mk 10:30

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

7.2 Earthquake in Van

More than 200 people were confirmed killed and hundreds more feared dead on Monday after an earthquake hit parts of southeast Turkey, ... Read More

Walking

ey’d been walking and praying, praying and walking, for nearly three hours. As eager newcomers to the Kurdish homelands, they were ... Read More

A Curse or a Crown?

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

Resolving the Conflict: An Informative Report

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

Earthly Tribulation, Heavenly Citizenship

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

Van Bruinessen on “The Kurds and Islam”

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

From Hater to Follower

“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

Joshua Project Unreached People of the Day – March 2

See the Joshua Project profile for the Kurds of Turkey HERE.

Iraqi Kurdistan: Vacation Paradise

Check out this great piece on Iraqi Kurdistan at http://www.slate.com/id/2285548/

A City Set on a Hill

One of the greatest hindrances of evangelism amongst MBB’s (Muslim Background Believers) is the fear of everyone knowing that they have Read More

New Life

The atmosphere in the room was laid-back and comfortable. Those who had gathered told stories and laughed heartily. The next day, ... Read More

More Scenes from Kurdish Life

The video below includes some great shots from Kurdish life and culture.

Houses of Peace

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

Pray for Key Cities in N. Iraq

The population of Northern Iraq is overwhelmingly Kurdish. Three key cities influence the north: Erbil, Sulaimaniyah, and Duhok. Please Read More

Kurdish Culture in Pictures

Check out the video below for a quick look at some aspects of Kurdish culture and life.

God Speaks My Language!

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

Praying Luke 10:2

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

Counting the Cost and Taking a Stand

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”- Jesus (Matthew 5:10) Some of his ... Read More

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