Cold but joyful!
March 2, 2014
Every Sunday we're grabbing the attention of passersby by playing music - and doing the occasional dance - on the streets of Istanbul. We've fallen into the groove of doing two popular songs that draw a crowd as people stop to listen and often sing along.
We follow that up with an evangelistic drama. It's a great way to filter out those who aren't particularly interested - those who are stay around to question, argue or chat.
We have a repertoire of about two dramas! We need more - right now, some of the team are doing a storytelling course. Please pray that God would give wisdom and creativity to know how to creatively engage your average Turkish man or woman on the street with the Gospel.
Thanks for praying!
Remember us on Sundays!
November 25, 2013
The Taco team is not as busy touring in other places during the winter. But we are busy reaching out within the Marmara area of Turkey and especially in Istanbul on Sundays! Using a set of Turkish songs that cause crowds to stop and sing along, we launch into an evangelistic drama and then go out to meet people and have spiritual conversations. Would you pray for us on Sundays this winter? We'd love to make appointments for Bible studies and deeper conversations during the week. Thanks!
"Crowds" in Bulgaria
September 8, 2013
Greetings from the team in Bulgaria! We are doing a couple of puppet shows, music, drama and dance here in the Razgrad area of Bulgaria where there are lots of Turkish-speaking Muslim folks. Although, due to the vanishing populations in Bulgaria (lots of folks leaving to find work and a new life in other countries), perhaps "lots" is not the right word. One thing we are usually not facing here is over-crowding! Last night we ate dinner next to three 10-storey apartments blocks - that looked abandoned judging by the absence of any lights. Please pray that those few folks who do see what we do would stop and be touched by the message we are presenting, and that God would inject a bit of hope into the many people here who seem to live in difficult situations.
Update: Two days ago an older lady who has been reading the NT and meeting with some workers here had a bit of an "oh, now I get it" moment when she saw the Abraham drama and realised what Jesus' sacrifice meant in a new way. She decided now was the time to start following Jesus - so that was some great news!
Emergency prayer needed!
July 16, 2013
Our team is in Albania where they are the featured performers in the first Christian festival in a medium sized town. This is the town where many of the believers came to the Lord through Taco concerts in recent years.
Our team has had a tiring week in Turkey preparing for this. Last night, at the first event, almost nothing went right. The stage was four hours late, the sound team was ill prepared and then the mixer blew. This meant that the concert had to be cancelled.
The team had great attitudes and decided to do a spontaneous street show but it was a big disappointment for many.
On top of that, Peter on our team was told by the Turkish border guards that he had a 3 month ban because of overstaying his visa - though the reason for overstaying is that the government is so backed up on residence appointments that the appointment he made on May 15th is for September 2nd! He will go to the Turkish consulate in Albania tomorrow to plead for mercy - and a new visa!
Would you please pray for:
1. Grace, unity and love in the team, despite hardships?
2. For Blerim, Kerri and the local organisers who have never run a festival before - they are learning there is more to it than they thought!
3. For God to do miracles and let effective ministry happen, even if it is in a different form than we'd expected.
Thank you for holding us up in prayer!
Pray for NLM in Albania
June 30, 2013
NLM's first show in Albania was in what is considered one the "Mecca” of Albania. The local partners told us that it is a city of 18,000 people and with only 15 known Christians.
The concert site was opposite a large mosque. A crowd of around 500 people gathered (plus a large group of people watching from the mosque across the street). Throughout the show, several fights broke out and the atmosphere was tense.
When the show finished, Ben was able to preach from the stage, calling the crowd to follow the Jesus who had come to pay the penalty for the bad things they'd done. Aaron was able to invite those who wanted to know more about Jesus to join him off the stage. A large group came to the fire and listened to Aaron share about following Jesus.
As Aaron was sharing, an angry man started walking through the crowd yelling at all the people to stop listening to us. He was telling them that they were Muslims and that they followed Allah. It was a very tense moment and though it was clear that many wanted to listen, things soon started breaking up. This man started yelling, saying that they already know God and that He is Allah.
Then this man rallied a group of around 100 people for an impromptu Islamic rally in front of the mosque. They began chanting "allahu akbar" and other Islamic phrases, clapping and working themselves up. Despite all this going on, the team was able to pray and talk with many people. Over 40 people filled out surveys because they wanted to receive more information about Jesus - very significant in a town of only 15 believers! Our local church partners will pray and follow up with each one of them.
We are very thankful for God's protection and even more aware that we are in a battle for people's souls. We do not fight against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities. Please pray for the tour, that God would stir up hearts to sink him. Pray too for protection for the band and team.