The Long Road to Belief

We are now in our fifth year of ministry here. It seems like we just arrived! We’re still learning so much. A. was one of the first Turks we met when we moved here. Now he lives with his wife and family in Europe, but we still see him when he visits his parents every year. Mike also had the …

God’s Stirring

The last few weeks, we’ve had some powerful services! One Muslim man gave his life to the Lord after service this week. He had been searching and seeking, coming periodically to our church. This past week, he asked some people to pray with him and decided to give his heart to Jesus right there. It was a real answer to …

Building Purchase Update

January is approaching quickly. With it, our deadline to complete the purchase of the building we have in mind is quickly coming too. We’re so excited! We just know that this is God’s will for us and we can’t wait to get started moving on some of the dreams He’s given us for this place. So we have roughly seven …

Progress in Ephesus

The work in Ephesus is progressing and deepening.  We feel God’s presence each week and there’s a genuine love for each other that is tangible when you enter the building. One thing we’ve sensed in our hearts is that we’re on the cusp of a move of God in this land.  If you’ve ever been in an ocean and felt …

Senior’s Work in Uzbekistan

Did you know that our small church in Ephesus has a vision for the world?  We determined right from the beginning that we would be the type of church that would be engaged in the Great Commission no matter how big or small our congregation might be. One way we express this part of our DNA is by supporting a …

Şeker Bayramı (Sugar Holiday)

To celebrate the end of Ramadan, the yearly month of fasting, Muslims worldwide have a three-day holiday called Sugar Holiday.  Families travel great distances to visit each other.  Friends and neighbours drop in on each other.  Kids will go around their neighbourhoods, knocking on doors looking for candy. Over the years here, we’ve grown to love this holiday the most …

Working Among Diaspora Turkic People

Saifulla, a pastor, fled Kyrgyzstan with his family in 2010 after an intense period of inter-ethnic clashes between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. At the time, Saifulla was the pastor of a significant congregation in the southern part of the country. As tensions mounted and people were being massacred in the streets, he, his wife and three children hid in the basement …

A Warmed Heart

We met D. about two years ago when we first started the international church.  D’s family had just moved to our city.  Her parents were divorced and her mom moved here to find a new life. Speaking some English, D. attended some of our services and we had opportunity to talk with her many times about spiritual things.  However, she …

Another Trip Up Prayer Mountain

As the evening, fast-breaking call to prayer rang out over loudspeakers, another type of prayer was being offered up; the prayers of our small group of visitors praying from a hilltop over the city.  It was another trip up prayer mountain for us with another group seeking that God’s glory would fill this land. As we prayed, God began to …