Albanian tour underway!
April 5, 2014
Our team, ministering under the name 'Ekklesia' is hard at work in Albania! Using a blend of music (Christian, popular and Albanian), dance and illusions, they are drawing crowds on the street. Many stay around for the whole show which include Adrian (the illusionist)'s testimony and a presentation of the gospel. There are many children! The team's already handed out all the children's book the local church had. Plenty of Bible are also being distributed, with lots of good conversations.
Many surveys are being filled out and two girls expressed interest in attending a church - pray that they will tomorrow! And keep praying with us to be listening for God's leading, and new energy and ways to connect with the people we meet. :-)
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!