A new year has begun and Antalya Protestant Church looks back with thankfulness on all the Lord has done in 2018. We especially want to thank all of you who support APK and Via Christus. The Lord graciously provides for our work here through your generosity and all we can do is receive, and give thanks.
The Christmas season, as usual, was one of joy and thankfulness. Members of the church came together quite regularly to enjoy the season with one another. Many Christmas songs were sung and a large assortment of baked goods and desserts were made, shared and consumed. And as usual for APK, Christmas proved to be a wonderful time for members to have conversations with unbelievers about the nature of Christmas, and also to invite unbelieving friends and family to APK’s Christmas service. Many unbelieving visitors did come to the service and sat under a clear gospel presentation from Pastor Kerem.
Praise concerning Kerem’s family: The Sunday service before APK’s Christmas service Pastor Kerem received joyful news that he had been praying for and hoping to hear for years—his sister Serem professed faith in Jesus Christ. But the good news didn’t end there. Aydın, Serem’s husband, and Özgün, Kerem’s and Senem’s Nephew, also professed faith in Christ and told the church of their desire to follow Him. As one can imagine, there was much rejoicing that came from this wonderful news.
The women of APK have set a goal to meet together for breakfast once a month to have fellowship, prayer, and encouragement in the gospel. Buse Koç and Ashley McCartney are organizing the meetings. Please pray that women from APK would make great use of these times of encouragement.
As always, we at APK ask for your continued prayers. We have been extremely blessed to see the Lord answer prayer in regard to calling sinners to Himself. We ask you to do the same. Also, please continue to pray for the church’s security. APK is thankful the local authorities provide security for protection but we also pray that the church will stay in favor with the authorities.
This April, APK will host “Seven”, an Acts 29 Conference that will focus on the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. The conference will also include a tour of the historic, Asia minor churches. A link that provides more information about this conference will be provided on this blog soon.
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