Sunday, September 12, 2010

Change in Turkey

I don't know whether it is because I live here or not, but since we've been in Turkey it seems that they have been in the news more often than not. Today there was a vote on a referendum to amend the Constitution. There were 26 amendments that they want to add. To me it seems that 22 of the 26 most people would say yes to. The others put some questions in some people's minds. Today it past. We're not so concerned with the results. We know that God will use it to bring glory to His name. Rather, with all the attention Turkey is getting, I'm hoping that God is bringing it to your mind to pray for us and the nation of Turkey. By the way, the U.S.A. and Turkey play tonight at 9:30 p.m. (2:30p.m. eastern) for the Basketball World Championship.

Monday, September 6, 2010

A good welcome home!

We are back in Turkey! On our third day back I was sending out some N.T.s that people had requested from the website. So it was a large number of books. One guy who didn't even work there said, "I think you're a missionary." I said, "Oh you do?" I told him that those were religious books that I was sending but if he meant that I was an agent or I was trying to divide the country then he was wrong. He said he thought that using religion for political purposes was wrong. I agreed to that, and explained that I don't like religion either. I told him that a relationship with Jesus is different than religion. He said some stuff about different wars and then he said that the American government supports you because they give money to the churches (this is what the majority of people in this part of the world think). So I told him that our government is not like the Turkish government. They don't send people to Germany or other countries to make sure their people are taught their religion. I explained that we are sent by churches and are supported by them and by friends and family. This was a shock to him. The conversation went on nicely. I hope he was actually listening because then maybe he'll understand a little better then he did before. The great thing was that everyone else in the cargo company heard the same thing. I'm grateful for the opportunity.