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Outreach on Büyük Ada

April 19, 2013

Every year on April 23, thousands of people take a short ferry ride to Büyük Ada (Big Island) just off the coast of Istanbul. The main aim of most folks is to visit an old Orthodox church building on the island and receive a "blessing" from the priest - even though almost none of the folks who come are Christians.

In recent years, Christians from all over Istanbul have banded together to pray, worship and share the gospel with these pilgrims. Last year, the weather was good, and estimates put numbers at around 70,000. Yep, that's a lot of folks to talk to about Jesus!

Taco will be sending a dance, drama, puppetry and music team over this year to draw crowds and engage them with the Gospel message. Please pray for us...

  • Weather: We can't perform in the rain - but more importantly, bad weather will keep people at home.
  • Energy: It's a 7am start to catch the ferry, and we don't get back to the mainland till 6pm. Between then, we will perform our different shows many, many, times...
  • Local artists: As April 23 is also a national holiday, we'll have a few nationals performing publicly with us. Pray that all of us will remember our parts and be bold in sharing.
  • Grace: It's a long day with huge crowds and all the uncertainty that can go with that. People can get tired and cranky pretty easily. We will need patience and grace with each other.

New street outreach ideas

April 15, 2013

As summer quickly approaches (although even in İstanbul it hasn't been approaching as quickly as some would like!) we are working on some material using music, drama and storytelling to arrest people with the message of the Gospel. We had a great workshop session today with help from a local brother giving us some helpful cultural clues it can be so easy to miss as a foreigner here, but we still need further inspiration as we refine these and other ideas, commit them to memory - and of course perform them.

Divine musical appointments

February 13, 2013

A friend in North Africa shares this...

It wasn't the first time he had found himself in this small town talking to this man. Six months earlier, David*, a worker living in North Africa, had met Mehdi* in this exact spot.

Traveling around the region with his guitar, David stopped to play. Mehdi, a young man in his twenties, was one of the many curious to meet this musical foreigner. As a singer and songwriter, David began to share Jesus through his music. Before leaving, he gave Mehdi the Gospel of Luke as a gift.

"(Mehdi) seemed more interested in my music than in what I told him about Jesus," said David. Still, he prayed Mehdi would read the Gospel.

Now, David had a second chance. Right away Mehdi told David he had read the entire book of Luke and had lots of questions. So much was different from what he knew, he said. When David left, Mehdi had a Bible and a film about Jesus.

Seeing Mehdi's excitement after such a brief encounter, David was encouraged to continue praying. "It has an impact," David said. Please pray for Mehdi and others like him to find the hope of Jesus in 2013.

Pray for health

February 12, 2013

Please pray for Peter, a new TACO team member who is arriving in two days but is struggling with illness in his home country.  Ask God to teach him and help him arrive healthy and ready to dig into his new culture and ministry!

Steiger outreach starting

January 9, 2013

Today we have 8 folks doing a discipleship training course in Germany with Steiger coming to Turkey for 2 weeks (and tomorrow, three more from the Ukraine). After a couple of days of orientation stuff, they will be doing a bunch or personal evangelism. Please pray for:

  • Lots of great opportunities to meet and talk with English, German or Russian speaking people in İstanbul and Turkey
  • Great team unity. We're all quite a disparate bunch, and one person doesn't speak any English!
  • Good enough weather that we can get out to meet people (İstanbul schools are currently closed under a blanket of snow)
  • God to touch not only the people the team talks with, but also to inspire all of us with his heart for the millions of Muslims in this country who have no idea what Jesus did for them.
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