Daily Topic for November 01, 2008
Isn’t it about time we spent a month in thanksgiving? This month, we will focus on thanking the Lord through His Psalms for all He has done for us, and for what He will do for the unreached nations. This time of thanksgiving can spill over into next month when we focus on Christ’s birth. First of all, we can thank Him for loving us, and giving us the chance to be part of His kingdom, though we don’t deserve it. God loves puny man, a life form on a small planet rotating around an ordinary star. What an awesome thought! Shouldn’t we share this truth with those who don’t know?
Thank Him today, that He cares for you, and for those who haven’t yet had a chance to hear of His glory and mercy.
(From the Protestant Church of Izmir)
By now, many of you have heard of our devastating loss that took place here. I refer to an event in Malatya, a Turkish province 300 miles northeast of Antioch, the city where believers were first called Christians (Acts 11:26).
On Wednesday morning, April 18, 2007, 46 year old German missionary and father of three, Tilman Geske, prepared to go to his office, kissing his wife goodbye, taking a moment to hug his son and give him the priceless memory, “Goodbye, son. I love you.”
Tilman rented an office space from Zirve Publishing where he was preparing notes for the new Turkish Study Bible. Zirve was also the location of the Malatya Evangelist Church office. A ministry of the church, Zirve prints and distributes Christian literature to Malatya and nearby cities in eastern Turkey. In another area of town, Turkish Pastor Necati Aydin, said goodbye to his wife, leaving for the same office as well. They had a scheduled morning Bible Study and prayer meeting that some other believers in town would also be attending. A third man, Ugur Yuksel, likewise made his way to the Bible study.
On the other side of town, 10 young men all under 20 years of age put into place final arrangements to murder “infidels” whom they felt undermined Islam. On Resurrection Sunday, five of these men had been to a by-invitation-only evangelistic service that Pastor Necati and his men had arranged.
These young men are part of a tarikat, or a group of “faithful believers” in Islam. Tarikat membership is highly respected here; it’s like a fraternity membership. -Dan Wooding, ASSIST Ministries.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Holy Spirit to make inroads into the tarikat groups in Turkey.