Year Ministry Began: 2001
Executive Director: Behnan
National Workers: Serap, Ilyas, Debora (Last Names Withheld for Security)
Turkey is the largest nation in the world that has little evidence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For more than 1,000 years, it was a bastion of Christianity, but now it is an Islamic nation with an evangelical population of only .2% of the total population.
Executive Director Behnan is involved with many of the Christian churches in Turkey and is a well respected Christian leader. Church planting and evangelism are carried out by a small church plant in Istanbul. Since persecution is a big part of being a Christian in Turkey, Christian nurture is accomplished through personal visits and discipling church members. Because of the ostracism many Christians feel, internet evangelism and a Christian children's ministry are also very important parts of I.N. Network Turkey.
Christian families in Turkey experience intense persecution. More than 99% of Turkey's population is Muslim; there is little room for the gospel. Christian children struggle in school and in their neighborhoods. Too often they experience rejection and even physical persecution. I.N. Network Turkey developed a children's ministry to provide a place for these children to thrive.
Using the Christian calendar and making use of summer vacations, I.N. Network invites children to camps and celebrations at Christmas and Easter. These Christian celebrations are discouraged in Turkey, but the celebrations affirm the children in their faith. Serving in Turkey is a privilege that is not without its dangers. There are so few Christians, we need to encourage and support them in their work by providing a place for their children to feel "normal."
Can you imagine what it would be like to be the only Christian in your entire school? That's how it is for many kids in Turkey.
But there IS a ray of hope! Each summer there is an opportunity for these children to attend camp, where singing worship songs, praying to God, and reading the Bible is NORMAL.
The camp program we're working to support has a week for elementary school, middle school, and high school campers.
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