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Missionary Spotlight – Turkish memories

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October 2003
Turkey

Missionary Spotlight – Turkish memories

  Life was never boring when my husband David and I were living in Turkey. Difficult, eventful, yes — but never boring!   Waiting on the railway platform at Izmir, returning from my weekly visit supporting expatriate children being home-schooled, a friendly village woman chatted to me about the impossibility of her buying local…

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Missionary Spotlight – Scriptures for Turkey, Armenia and Lithuania

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October 2003
Turkey

Missionary Spotlight – Scriptures for Turkey, Armenia and Lithuania

Turkey, Armenia and Lithuania are three countries which today seem to have very little in common. However, as with so many parts of the world, these places are in dire need of sound and accurate editions of the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make their inhabitants ‘wise unto salvation’ (2 Timothy 3:15). The…

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Special Iraq update

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May 2003
Iraq

Special Iraq update

The Middle East Reformed Fellowship (MERF) has for several years provided regular support for six congregations in Iraq – two in Badhdad (Arabic and Assyrian), and congregations in Mousel, Kirkuk, Basra and Arbeil. This report relates largely to these fellowships. The MERF Arabic broadcasting team have produced a special series of daily gospel broadcasts…

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Missionary Spotlight – Obeying God in Jordan

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March 2002
Jordan

Missionary Spotlight – Obeying God in Jordan

‘We must obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29). This short but powerful quote kept coming to mind during a recent trip to Jordan. Much of our journey was spent visiting sites rich in biblical significance.   Jordan’s legal system is founded upon Islamic principles. Muslims are forbidden to convert to Christianity on pain…

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A Bible for modern Turkey

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January 2002
Turkey

A Bible for modern Turkey

The date is 6 October 2001 and there is great rejoicing in a church in Istanbul. One lady puts it like this: ‘I have cried a lot today. Today the Bible is in my hands’. She expresses the feeling of the other Turkish believers when she says, ‘We are very happy … more than…

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November 2001
Articles > World Mission > Jordan

Understanding Jordan

To understand what it means to be an Evangelical Christian in Jordan requires an understanding of the country’s recent political history. This article provides such an outline. Jordan is unusual, being the only Arab nation whose royal dynasty is not indigenous — the Hashemites originated from the Arabian Peninsula. The Hashemites and Al-Sauds were…

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JEWISH WORLDVIEW

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March 2001
Israel

JEWISH WORLDVIEW

Maurice.I would like to thank you, Joseph, for sparing the time to explain the Jewish worldview to me. I have read the Old Testament and spent some time reading about the background of the Old Testament books. Again, of course, in my New Testament reading I have come across the Pharisees and Sadducees, together…

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January 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Turkey

Missionary spotlight: Istanbul

The ancient capital of the eastern Roman Empire, Constantinople, occupied a comparatively small area of land, protected on three sides by water. In this area, on the European side of the Bosphorus, are Istanbul’s covered market and university. In 1966, when we first lived in Istanbul (no longer a capital city), the population was…

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December 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Turkey

A summer holiday- with a difference

One summer’s morning, in the early hours, a small group of us arrived, bleary-eyed and a little bewildered, at the airport in Turkey. Our Bible studies during our stay in Turkey were to be in the book of Esther, when, morning by morning, we were reminded of God’s hand of providence in the lives…

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October 1998
Articles > World Mission > Turkey > Western Asia

Fact File – Turkey

Area: 301, 000 square miles. 3% in Europe, bounded by Bulgaria and Greece; 97% in Asia, bounded by Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria. The Bosphorus and Dardenelles join the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. Istanbul controls these sea links, and is Turkey’s chief port and commercial city. Environment: The plateau of Anatolia is…

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October 1998
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Turkey in perspective

To the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia [Minor], and Bithynia … Grace to you and peace be multiplied’ (1 Peter l: l-2). Peter was speaking to first-century Christians inhabiting today’s Turkey. Similarly, the Lord of the Church sent John to minister in Ephesus (in western Turkey), and the Holy Spirit moved the…

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October 1998
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The Republic of Turkey – where Europe and Asia meet

The gospel and Turkish people Turkish people are characteristically friendly, hospitable, outgoing and religious. The western media and secularism are eroding fundamental Islamic belief, and so most Turks, in an effort to be reconciled to modern thinking and still retain their ‘faith’, have liberalised Koranic teaching much as liberal Christians have done with the…

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