These brothers are new members of our church. They came to Christ in last couple of months and have been studying our doctrine classes. Man in the middle is Levent and on the right is Ahmet. They are both married and have kids. Their families are not believers yet. But we pray often for them to hear the gospel and come to Christ. I just have had 2 hours study with these two men on baptism and church, hopefully I will be having another one on marriage next week. Unfortunately Christian values in life (especially in marriage) is rare to find in Turkey. It is also extremely hard to become a Christian, especially if you are settled middle age person with family. You get criticisms, jokes and slanders. People thinks that you are going thru some kind of midlife crisis.
We would be appreciated if you raise your prayers to our Lord for these men. Pray that these man grow in their faith and be light to the people around them. Their baptisms also coming up, so please remember that day would be not just a blessing to them but also blessings to many other who plan to attend.
As you might heard, we are having some serious terrorist attacks in our land. These terrorist attacks have been pretty scary. We have not have any major problem in our city but since Antalya is a touristic city, we have heard many time that ISIS might take Antalya as target. Praise the Lord nothing have happened yet. But lately we decided to be more careful. We have heard that there might be a major explosion again (just before Ankara bombing) 3 weeks ago and decided to cancel our sunday service at our church. But we didn't want to cancel the entire sunday. So rather we worship at our home. It was a different sunday, a bit unusual but things were OK. We glorify our God, learned from his words and enjoy the fellowship. Unfortunately security issue became so big that we contacted by the police and they told us that we will have police protection every sunday from now on. Now we have police guard every sunday at our service. We are appreciated for all your prayers. Please also remember all of the churches around Turkey. There are churches in the east side that they worship under the gunshot voices.
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