I attended a leadership conference this week which focused primarily on the leadership principles of Christ. It was both refreshing and challenging. In the conference we had many nationals attend. There were experts and field workers from Nepal, India, Africa the US and Turkey as well as many aspiring students. The Turkish man I met is a pastor in Turkey and has had great influence in his nation among the protestant Christians. In a nation of 72m people, there are only four to five thousand protestant Christians. My friend has much work to do.
I mentioned to him that I was preparing my church to pray for Turkey this Sunday. The day marks three years since three men were tortured for three hours and then murdered, or martyred, simply for their faith in Christ; one American, two Turks. All three of those men were friends of this Turkish pastor I met, one was his best friend. How penetrating.
Please consider engaging your church, Sunday school or prayer groups to pray for Turkey this Sunday. You can download information and prayer points from the Pray For Turkey website.
Even if you get this information later, you can still pray. The nation needs our prayers and our loving intercession. And please pray for my friend, Ramazan as he continues to faithfully carry out the call to evangelize and offer the hope of the Gospel to a lost and oppressed nation.
Grace and peace be yours, my friends.