*** God is going to visit Turkey ***

Ephesus, Colosse, Philadelphia, Laodicea, Antioch… do these names mean anything to you? If you read Paul’s epistles in the New Testament, you are familiar with these names. But did you know that these cities are geographically situated in what is Turkey today? One of the cradles of Christianity has hardly any Christians today! In Turkey, Christians represent less than 1 in 1000. Of the 72 million inhabitants, 99% are Muslims and only 4,000 are protestant Christians!

Sunday, April 18th, was a day of prayer for Turkey. On this date, only three years ago, three of our brothers were assassinated in Turkey because of their faith and their commitment to the cause of the Gospel.

The blood of the martyrs is also a seed of life. When we launched the KnowingGod website in Turkish, the number of Christians was estimated at 3000. That was in November 2008. Every day the Turkish Internet users’ thirst to know Jesus astonishes me. In 18 months, the website has received more than 1.5 million visitors from Turkey. Of this number, more than 100,000 have indicated a desire to go further in their spiritual walk with Jesus. Our on-site partner has followed up on more than 13,000 people.  For many Turks, the Internet is the only means of knowing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Of course, we have met with a lot of opposition, and Turkish hackers are having the time of their lives trying to “sink” Allahitanimak.Jesus.net. Fortunately, Megaphone is very effective in managing our servers.

I believe that God is going to visit Turkey again, and that the church is going to be reborn from its ashes in Turkey. I believe that the Internet is going to contribute greatly. Besides, we have just launched a new website to follow-up on all those who have visited the KnowingGod website in Turkish.

This site in English, called Why Jesus?, is a four-week course. In certain countries, it has been unbelievably effective with up to 80% of the participants joining a local church or an Alpha Course.

Would you take a moment and pray for Turkey? Watch this video. I am sure that it will motivate you to pray for the people of this great country.

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Leave a comment, a prayer, or an encouraging word on this blog for our brothers and sisters in Turkey. We will send these to them.

With you in the harvest,

Eric