Daily Topic for April 05, 2010
This is a scary thought! We are stewards of what God has given us. If we don’t use what He has given us for His Kingdom, we may find ourselves losing what He has invested in us. Many of the churches that Paul planted were in what is now Turkey. The Church was once strong there, but they were wiped out with the advent of Islam hundreds of years ago. Ever since that time, Turkish believers have been struggling to survive.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the hearts of Turkish Muslims to Christ, and use them to re-establish fellowships of believers in Turkey.
Ahmed recalls what it was like 40 years ago when he first came to Berlin from Turkey. He sought work; Berlin sought workers. A few years of work, a little money saved out of what he sent home to his parents, and he would return home to Turkey. He returned to Turkey to find a bride, and then brought her to Berlin. Now with children and grandchildren, he is a successful worker living comfortably as he nears retirement.
He is not alone; there are some 200,000 Turks like him in Berlin. Most are Sunni Muslim, although some also practice Sufism. Not all are successful, however. But he wonders after 40 years why he still does not feel welcome, why he is not quite German, why “integration” passed him by. His son, who gave up his Turkish citizenship to become German, feels the same way.
Ahmed feels more marginalized now than when he first arrived since “honor killings” within Turkish families have hit the news. If only there were a solution!
There is Christian work among Turks of Berlin. The Presbyterians, Turkish radio Bible broadcasts, and Turkish World Outreach offer the solution: citizenship in heaven through faith in Jesus.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for these efforts. Pray for more missionaries to Turks in Berlin, and for Germany’s churches to share God’s love with Turkish immigrants. Pray that the few Turkish believers in Germany will soon become a bridge to Christ among their Muslim neighbors.