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Turkey Evangelism Report
By: David Docherty
[David is the one with the guitar]
To all of you prayer supporters in Antipas:
Thank you so
much! I really felt buoyed up by God's grace. This was a
clear evidence to me of supporting prayer. It was wonderful.
On Friday night
Dec 23rd the team met in a motel (some team members lived too far
outside of Seoul to safely catch the early flight out of Seoul the next
morning) for a 2nd intensive Turkish lesson. We had to pick a leader
and a treasurer. We prayed and drew lots and I was picked as the leader which
We woke up
early and flew out of Seoul about 10am. We arrived in our Hotel in Istanbul
about 8pm. We flew out early the next day from Istanbul to Van. The flight to
Van was delayed a few hours in Istanbul and so we were able to witness the
gospel to a Turkish woman called Zeinab. We gave her a DVD in Turkish of the
Jesus movie. We got into Van late on the night of Dec. 25th
It was eery
driving in a taxi through the center of the city, which was black because of
the earthquake - people were not living in their houses and the electricity was
quirky. I was surprised to see that we were being put up in a hotel as I was
worried about its safety. However, the missionaries in Van said that it was
safe. So we were to be based there for 2 days for
The next day we
were up at 6am for a QT and then breakfast, communal worship and then
orientation and Turkish lessons.
At 11am they,
the missionaries, said that we were being sent out to a suburb of Van called
Sabaniye. We had to give all our money over to the missionaries - they told us
we would get it back at the end of the week. They then gave us a little bit of
money for food and transport to go to the suburb, Sabineye. The missionaries
also told us that this amount of money was not enough. We were told that we had
to rely on the Lord to get us back. We got the bus to the place. We then looked
for some people living in tents. We then started singing some songs and a small
crowd of women and children gathered.
Then we did a
little gospel presentation in Turkish. We were then invited into a poor woman's
house for some tea. Some people were living in their houses during the day and
then sleeping in tents at night, because they were afraid that the aftershocks,
which were frequently occurring, might bring down their houses. [This apartment
block (Picture to the right) was earthquake compromised.]
In her house
she invited in the small crowd that had been watching and listening to us and
gave us tea. We gave her and the onlookers some small gifts: Candies,
stationary, hand-warmers. We were then invited into another house for a meal.
In this house there were a lot of people living and we again sang some songs
and did another gospel presentation.
We had learnt
how to sing John 3:16 in Turkish. It was then getting time to return to the
Hotel for a debriefing, we had been told to get back by 5pm. We found our way
to a bus stop and because we had not had to spend any money on food we had
enough to get the bus back.
Next day we
were told to go to another area. Here we got detained by the police. Actually
they did not know what to make of us. They took us around to different police
stations because no one seemed to want to take responsibility for us. They gave
us a really nice lunch. We were eventually driven back to our Hotel and told
not to leave until we got a call from the Minister of Tourism. We, the team,
prayed that the minister of Tourism would not call and praise God he didn't. I
must stress that besides detaining us for about 4 hours they did treat us very
well. That evening, perhaps because of the stresses of the day, two of our team
members had a major argument even to tears. We recognized that Satan was trying
to destroy our witness especially before our major upcoming evangelistic
day which was Wednesday we were sent out to 2 towns (Gevas and Bitlis) for 3
days and 2 nights, again with an amount of money that we were told was not
going to be sufficient for all the meals, transport and accommodation. We were
told we had to be back by 12pm Friday for a debriefing before getting our plane
out of Van at 2pm. We were by this point now really tired. However, I also felt
wonderfully strengthened by God. We arrived in Gevas at about lunchtime. We
decided to spend some money and have lunch as this would be a touristy thing to
do. We walked up a hill just outside of the city center and did some open air
evangelism. After awhile a small crowd gathered and we got invited into a house
and did another gospel presentation there.
There was a
sick child called Mohammad there. We asked the mother if we could pray for him
in Jesus' name and she said yes. We did and are believing that the Lord will do a miracle with that child. We then left and went
downtown. We picked a place and did another open air. Got a crowd and did a
small gospel presentation. We were always trying to be sensitive as to who we
should give the gospel DVD's too. We did another open air and gospel
presentation to a group of rowdy but good-natured teenagers.
By now it was
really dark and we still had nowhere to stay. Also we had not seen any Motels
or Hotels in this small town. So we decided to do one more open air and see
what would happen. I picked a spot under a streetlight and we started singing.
I saw a man walking towards us; he walked past and then stopped and listened
before walking off. So we started packing up and then this man came out of a
house with some of his friends and was calling us over. We went over and they
invited us in for some tea. It was a carpenter's shop and I felt so blessed to
be welcomed into this carpenter's shop.
We had tea and
we were going to start a gospel presentation when a Haji walked in. A Haji is
a Muslim who has done the pilgrimage to Mecca. These Hajis always have great respect in Muslim communities. As soon as
the Haji came in one of the
carpenters pulled out his prayer beads. There were four carpenters in the shop.
Immediately the Haji started looking
at us suspiciously. I am sure I heard him say that we were missionaries to the
carpenters because one of the carpenters began to look at us in a different
I decided I
would not do any gospel presentation until the Haji had left. I even thought perhaps we will just come back here
tomorrow. However, I also knew that now would be the best time because the next
day the shop would be busy. One of our team members had not drunk his tea so I
picked it up and took a slow small sip letting the Haji see me. I was hoping to let the Haji see that that cup of tea was going to last a long time.
Eventually the Haji decided to go.
Once he was
gone we sang a few English songs, sang our Turkish John 3:16 and then did our
Gospel presentation to these four Turkish carpenters. They all listened, hallelujah! I really enjoyed
emphasizing to them that Jesus was a carpenter. Then they asked us where we
were staying. At least one of the carpenters was living in a tent as his house
had become unsafe. They told us there were no hotels in the town. There was one
which was too far for us to walk to, so they drove us to it. It would have been
very difficult for us to have found it.
When we got
there, there was no-one there. The carpenters found a shopkeeper who knew the
Hotel owner's number. The Hotel owner was doing some work in a UN relief camp
city. He drove down to us and gave us two rooms (one for the three guys and one
for the woman on our team) for what we felt was a fair rate - 25$ a room. We
gave the carpenters one of the Jesus DVD's. What was nice about this hotel was
that it was only 3 minutes walk from the bus stop for the town (Bitlis) which
we had to get to the next day.
We arrived in
Bitlis at about 1pm the next day. We saw a lot of Mosques; we did not know this
at the time but this was a very conservative Islamic town - they had the call
to prayer here at 5am (usually it is 5:30 or 6am) which we were to find out the
next morning. In this town many previous teams had suffered from sickness even
to throwing up as they got off the bus. Teams had also got into such severe
arguments that they couldn't talk to each other and could not witness. We did
not know any of this yet. We were advised by the missionaries at Van that when
we got into this town we should book our bus tickets home. As
we had to be back in Van the next day by 12pm. So we did this at a
travel agent's. He told us the bus trip back would take 3 hours because of the
earthquake, and it appeared there had been some avalanches on the road. To
catch the bus we had to be at the station by 7:30am the next day.
In order to
move around the town and evangelize easily we thought it would be a good idea
to book a hotel room just to drop off our heavy big bags. This travel agent was
able to get us a room for $15. This seemed such a good price that I decided to
just get us a room each. We did this, and after resting for about 30 minutes in
our rooms we met for a prayer and planning time.
We decided to
go up to a high part of the town and slowly work our way down doing open air
evangelism wherever we felt led. So we set off. On the top of the hill I picked
a public spot and we went for it. A crowd appeared and the team began to give
out candies and small gifts. One team member with the candies was almost
mugged. A group of kids went wild and began to grab anything of his that they
could. I had to wade in amongst the kids and physically pull him out.
These wild kids
would shout out that they loved Muhammad. We started heading down the hill and
a teenage Haji appeared and all the
kids shouted out he was a Haji. We
were giving out hand-warmers which were packets containing a chemical which caused a heating reaction if you squeezed and shook
it. The Haji, for some reason, pulled
open the packet and put some of it on his tongue. His eyes opened wide and he
took off down the hill. Now we in no way told kids to taste this stuff and so
we were all shocked when the Haji did
that before any of us could see.
were not sad to see the Haji running
away because any Gospel presentation when one of them is around is very
difficult. The other Muslims are a bit afraid to cross a Haji. We headed into the center of the town and I was looking for a public place were we could proclaim the gospel and get a
crowd and yet not block pedestrian traffic. As we walked downtown I saw a spot
that looked ideal: A small courtyard just off the main sidewalk on the main
So we decided
this would be our last one for today. We began to set up - basically me getting
my guitar out and us forming a semi-circle. So in this very conservative Muslim
town one African American woman, one Korean American man, a Canadian man and me got ready to sing a few songs and proclaim the gospel. A
crowd of men came out of a nearby teashop to listen to us. Quite a big crowd
formed and got very close to us. As we were singing another very conservative
looking Muslim (his beard appeared to be a little red so I think he was another Haji) began to berate the crowd for
listening to us. I think he was shouting these are missionaries and you
shouldn't be listening to them. Anyway praise God the men didn't listen to him.
I decided not to do any Turkish Gospel stuff until this Haji was gone.
He went away
and we did our Gospel presentation. Some of the men, you could see were
suspicious of us but some were smiling. So we finished and the men then invited
us into their teashop for tea. Inside they showed us a mentally retarded young
man called Yusuf. So we prayed for him in Jesus name.
We got some
email addresses we gave out some Jesus DVDs and headed home. In the hotel I
noticed a blind man. I asked if we could pray for him. We prayed for him to be
healed in Jesus name. He didn't get healed but he listened to our gospel
presentation and was crying.
We got back to
Van by 12pm Friday had a debriefing and flew out of Van to Istanbul later. We
got to our Hotel in Istanbul and decided we would do one final open air Gospel
presentation in Istanbul just outside the Blue Mosque in the Hagia Sophia
complex. Praise the Lord we did it.
A small crowd
stood and listened videoing us. It felt fantastic to be worshipping Jesus and
proclaiming the Gospel in that place where from 530AD to 1453AD Jesus was
worshipped. (The Hagia Sophia was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian
bless you all!
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