Turkey

Church in Mardin

Project #: 801201

In southeastern Turkey, 30 kilometers from the border with Syria, is the city of Mardin.

In the heart of Mardin is an old church that is more than a hundred years old. It is directly opposite the mosque, in a sense in the shadow of the minarets. In the past, this building had been confiscated from the believers and used as a stable and storage room. But eight years ago God opened the doors and the building was returned to the Christian believers.

This old church is now open to the public. During the last year alone, which was marked by the coronavirus, 200 to 300 worshippers passed through the walls of this building every week. Among them were Turks, Kurds, Iranians, and visiting tourists, all of whom had the opportunity to hear the gospel. Our brothers gave them a warm welcome, offered them tea and coffee, talked about their faith, and gave them Christian literature. Although it is forbidden in Turkey to hand out Christian literature, visitors are allowed to take anything that is displayed for them including a Bible or a gospel tract. In 2020, 9,500 copies of the New Testament were distributed in this way.

Because the demand is so great, there is a shortage of Bibles in the church. Together, let’s contribute to this ministry so that Mardin will never run out of Bibles so that believers can spread the good news to Muslims in the shadow of the minarets.

We kindly ask you to pray for:

• Evangelistic discussions with seeking visitors and guests
• Regularly stocking Bibles and New Testaments for free distribution
• Making it possible for visitors and guests to meet with God in person

The Church Building in Midyat

Project #: 820000

Midyat is a town located near the border with Syria in southeastern Turkey. On the territory of the old town there is a church building that is more than 100 years old.

The church building is currently closed and no church services offered. The pews haven’t been touched for a long time with a thick layer of dust that has settled on them and a garden that has been abandoned.

But God has a plan even for this building. Authorities have offered to let local Christians take over the care of the building for free. This would offer a wonderful opportunity to reach the Turks, Kurds, Iranians, and Syrians who live there with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, there was a need for an ordained minister to take on the work of rebuilding the church community and begin the ministry.

We kindly ask you to pray for:

• The responsible minister of the church in Midyat
• Dedicated team and ministry development
• That many people may come to know Jesus Christ through Midyat ministry

Omer and Sevgi Baisal

Project #: 820000

Omer was raised in a family of radical Islamists.

His father studied theology of Islam and did his best to instruct his children in it. One day Omer learned that his brother had converted to the Christian faith. Filled with anger, he began to read the Bible himself to bring his brother back to Islam. But God had another plan. While reading the Bible, Omer found truth in it. God’s love filled his heart, and in the summer of 2009 he decided to follow Jesus Christ.

Today Omer is studying theology. He married a young woman named Sevgi, and together they enthusiastically serve the younger generation. They serve in southeastern Turkey, developing churches, carrying out interregional youth ministry, and helping refugees as much as they can. The vision in Omer’s ministry: to serve that people might see and experience God’s love.

We kindly ask you to pray for:

• Turning seekers to Christ
• Developing a media ministry to reach the younger generation
• An interregional youth conference planned for the summer of 2021.