“And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at His birth.” (Luke 1:14)
OUR TEAM IN TURKEY: Dan and Perla H., Iacob and Lidia N., and Nicu and Elena S. are serving the Lord in this Muslim country of 76 million people. They need special prayer and faithful support as they do creative witnessing daily. All of these missionaries are graduates of the CRST training school, located at Agigea.
Turkey is known as the world’s largest unreached nation. Although the constitution claims religious freedom — harassment, false accusations, and permit delays hinder their ministry. This nation has the highest rate of violence against women of any Mid-Eastern country. (58% of women, and 51% of wives are subejct to abuse).
About 40% of Turkey’s youths between the ages of 15 and 24 are outside the nation’s educational system and are out of work.
Hundreds of illegal Koranic schools are sponsored in Turkey by petro-dollars from Saudi-Arabia. Free education and meals are provided as incentives to attend. Recently,a Koranic school building collapsed, killing 18 children, and injuring 27 more.
For a thousand years, Turkey was a stronghold of traditional Christianity. In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, and re-named Istanbul. As recently as one hundred years ago, there were millions of Christians. Today only a handful remain because of genocides and constant persecution.
Nicu and Elena S. reported again this month on their daily activities to witness to Turkish women and men. Elena actually spends hours crocheting with Turkish women each week as a unique means of witness.
A ‘BLESSED CHRISTMAS”: God’s people are hereby invited to join in sending Christmas blessings to our family of oveseas missionaries. Your year-end tax-deductible special gift will tell our missions family that you love them and are behind their ministry to unevangelized nations. You may send your designated gift to DYM’s address shown below.
INDIA—PERSECUTION: Keep Maria I. and Daniel P. in your prayers. They serve in Bihar State, Nothern India. Anti-Christian sentiment is growing, fuled by a radical, violent movement called Hindutvah. Their goal is to erase all Christian influence from India in the next ten years. In the Eastern state of Orissa, hundreds of Christians have been martyred, thousands of people displaced, and dozens of churches destroyed. Even in highly-Christianized Kerala State (Southwest) there is an increase in persecution. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoner, and those who are mis-treated as if you yourselves were mistreated,” Heb. 13:3.
LUKE C. BEING INTERVIEWED: One of the best known missionary organizations working in Muslim nations is “Frontiers.” Brother Luca Cretan, who attends Philadelphia Church, Chicago, is being processed for possible asignment to the North-West area of Africa. Luca will attend a Frontiers Orientation School, and later a leadership school in preparation for deployment to one of the Maghrib countries: (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia.) “Frontiers” uses a team or a “colony” approach; and is looking for people who can go to Muslim countries to invest their lives as witnesses. Please add Luca Cretan to your prayer list as he developes a support base for this new ministry..
“STM” — WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
“Short Term Missions” has come under the magnifying glass of missions thinking with articles in several of our most respected missions journals.
The popularity of making brief visits to foreign countries has drawn hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic young people and adults to overseas locations around the world. But what are the results, according to mature field missions leaders???
(1) Most short-termers are not well trained; and can seldom minister effectively
(2) The STMer goes for what he can learn or gain- rather than now much he can give.
(3) Most STMers lack skills to pioneer among the unreached people.
(4) Money used by STM trips decreases avialable support for career missionaries.
(5) Short-term trips are cross-cultural experiences or inter-church tourism – but NOT
missions in the real sense. There is nothing wrong with taking a working vacation, or inter-cultural trip, but do not let it be at the expense of authentic long-term missions to the truly unreached people on God’s heart.
DANIELA CAIDAS: Bro. Utu Tomuta (Genesis Mission, Chicago) reports that Miss Daniela Caidas has gone for an introductory missions term to Bihar State India.
CHRISTMAS-TIME PRAISE: As 2008 comes to an end, we rejoice to report that more Romanian Churches and Christians are responding in Faith Promise giving to Romanian world missions. Since January 1, Discover Your Mission was able to disburse
$252,282.55 overseas to support our foreign and domestic missionaries, and the “Romanian Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.”
MARIANA D.: After seven years of effectve ministry among Turkish Gypsy children at Babadag, Romania, Missionary Mariana is now stationed at Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Mariana serves in a rehabilitation center for youth, and is on a church-planting team with “Operation Mobilization.” As in other Muslim-majoritry nations, radical religious groups are making Christian work more difficult throughout “Turkestan” at this time. Let us be faithful in prayer for our Romanian missionaries, most of whom serve in Muslim countries.
A HEATING SYSTEM FOR ALESD? Discover Your Mission has committed to match funds given for the heating plant at the Gypsy Evangelistic Social Center at Alesd, Romania. This large new center houses a day school for about 150 Gypsy children, as well as a kitchen, a dispensary, and the attractive “Samaria” church auditorium. Total floor area is nearly 9,000 sq ft. Many miracles have taken place through the ministry of this ESC; where the needy ghetto population is about 3,000 people.
Host pastor Ioan Moldovan stresses the urgent need for a heating system as the town faces the prospect of another harsh winter. Total cost for a quality heating plant is about E9,900, or approximately $13.500 at today’s rate of exchange.
DYM will match all offerings dollar-for-dollar designated for this important project.
Cameron was privileged to give the church its name “Samaria” several years ago.
All offerings to Discover Your Mission are income tax-deducible; and funds are disbursed 100% as designated by the donor.
“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God,” II Cor. 9:12.
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