Daily Topic for April 06, 2010
There may be many reasons why people want to serve Turks and see them come to Christ. But love for God is one motivation that should be at the center of all we do. Service must come from a heart of love. (1 Cor. 13) God’s love needs to control us. Does love for God motivate you to serve the unreached peoples through prayer?
Pray that love will dominate the lives of people like Yilmaz who now reach out to often unresponsive Muslims in Berlin.
It would be accurate to describe Yilmaz as “twice converted.” He was born in Turkey as a Muslim, but at the young age of 16, he became an atheist by choice. In 1993, he moved from Turkey to Berlin where it is much safer to not adhere to Islam. For the next seven years, Yilmaz turned his back on God and anything having to do with religion. The God he rejected had other ideas, and He used Christians to redirect Yilmaz.
In Berlin, Yilmaz had contact with neighbors who were following Christ, the One Muslims call Isa. It took time, but eventually Yilmaz wanted his life to change like his “Christian” neighbors. This neighbor gave Yilmaz a Bible in Turkish, and he eagerly read the New Testament for the next year and a half.
One day Luke 23: 24 struck him. He read about Jesus praying to God as a “Father” and asking Him to extend forgiveness to those responsible for His crucifixion. Yilmaz then knew that He wanted a relationship with Isa, the Great Forgiver.
Yilmaz now has a book table in Berlin that offers Christian books in Turkish. Some Turkish Muslims have been openly hostile, while others engage him with friendly discussions. He also visits prisons where he takes part in worship, and offers Bible studies in Turkish.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Holy Spirit-directed wisdom and discernment for Yilmaz as he discusses eternal issues with Turks. Pray that Yilmaz will find more time to share Christ with the Turks in Berlin.