Laura and Rich are associate development workers jointly appointed with International Ministries and their nonprofit organization, Turkish Connections International. They serve in the establishment of new churches in one of the least-reached countries on earth: Turkey. They work with Turkish pastors and key Christian leaders to accomplish three goals: first, identifying new potential pastors that are well-trained and highly respected; second, gathering needed financial support for these pastors; and third, maintaining ongoing contact with each new church, engaging and nurturing the pastors.
In order to connect Christians in the United States and Puerto Rico with God’s work in this country, Laura and Rich provide a quarterly prayer newsletter and offer service projects in Turkey.
See their full information at https://www.internationalministries.org/author/lr-freeman/
They write – Openness in Turkey
BBC News had a recent article entitled, The Young Turks Rejecting Islam. The President of Turkey repeatedly talks about “bringing up a pious generation”, but politicians and religious clerics are wondering whether these pious young people are moving away from Islam. In this report, BBC news interviewed a number of young Turkish professionals. One woman, who used to cover her head in public and was a radical believer in Islam now says, “I do not know whether there is a God or not, and I really do not care.” One professor recently stated that more than a dozen students wearing headscarves have declared they are now atheists. A growing number of young professionals still believe there is a God, but no longer believe in the tenets of Islam.
Please pray for the loving connections that Christians make with those who are confused and now doubt their Islamic faith. May the good news of a loving God who shown His love through Jesus Christ touch their lives!