Elif is a university student that I met while spending a couple of days in eastern Turkey this past fall. While praying for the Lord to bring one more person for us to share the gospel with before the day was over, Elif walked into a local church I was serving.
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 pleasure to stay with a local Christian sister, Betty*, to fellowship with and serve in the church and to share the gospel with many visitors from all over Turkey.
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 they shared parts of their testimony or encouraged people who were going through some difficult times!
I met with Ozlem at the very beginning of the month for coffee. She had had a really close friend betray her, so she was very sad. Although surprised she had reached out to me after so many months of silence, I think she is realizing how I am different from her other friends.
Deniya’s journey of coming to faith is an incredible God story. After a year of being friends, months of reading the Word together weekly, many answered prayers and ultimately, the miracle of faith in Jesus, she prayed to receive Him.
Partner short-term volunteer teams are encouraging to us in the work, especially when coming from fellowships who have long-term partnerships in mind. Recently, we had a short-term team from one of those fellowships. For the first few days of the trip, we and the team were a little frustrated. We kept trying to have conversations, but nothing was really going anywhere