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Two Turkey tours coming up

May 10, 2014

We have two tours happening at more or less the same time in Turkey starting next week. Please pray for the...

Face-to-face Tour

  • Good connections with believers in the cities we go to. We would like to see nationals get a vision for taking the street outreach concept and incorporating it in their own city and province.
  • This is a brand new show about creation, the fall and how God made a way to get back to the garden. Pray that it speaks deeply to those who see it.
  • With under a week to go, there are still lots of last-minute preparations for the new show.
  • Drama rehearsals have gone well, but pray for the team to develop a synergy with one another both in general and in the performances...that they would be unified in every way.
  • For many seeds of the good news to be planted in the hearts of many who have never had the chance to hear the Gospel before.

Team Stone Tour

  • This tour will travel over 3,000 km (1,800 miles). Presently both our equipment and passenger vans have issues. Our equipment van still needs a special document for us to drive legally. Our passenger van is on the Face-to-face tour. We are in the process of finding another to rent. Pray that these things happen before we need to hit the road.
  • On this tour we will have a martial arts presentation. One of the key elements in their presentation are cement blocks for breaking. The ones they need are not standard blocks, and custom made ones are VERY expensive. We now hope to make the blocks ourselves but need to buy forms to make them. Pray that this all comes together.
  • As is always the case we want to share as openly as possible at every venue. We plan to do a very clear presentation in a drama that we do at every show. We will also be giving out DVD's either to every one who fills out a survey for follow-up or to several in a drawing at the end of the shows. In summary may God give us wisdom to be bold yet wise.

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!

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