Our Turkey team has two major focuses: church planting and ministry training. It is the desire of the team to see new fellowships emerge in cities where there is currently no church. They have been focusing their prayer and ministry efforts towards a specific province in the north-east of the country and hope to have a family living there soon.
The Turkey team also want to see the existing church grow in maturity and number through equipping believers for ministry across Turkey and in the nations. They are committed to leading and supporting the work of a ministry training programme which runs in two Turkish cities as well as in three Central Asian countries. The programme annually trains and equips a number of believers every year for ministry in the context of a monastic, missional community.
Working in close partnership with local believers, our team have established a number of compassion ministries and social enterprises in Ankara. There are more than 50,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Iran in Ankara. This partnership serves more than 5,000 people with regular food distribution, clothing, medical services, children’s ministries, language courses, and spiritual support. They have also developed a sewing project which teaches refugee women to make handmade bags, wallets, and tablet covers from Turkish flat weave carpets and selling the goods on their behalf.
Our team has set up a coffee company that exists to support the work of the ministry training programme, roasting specialty coffee for the Turkish market and running a coffee shop in the centre of Ankara. The company trains local believers and refugees to work in the coffee industry.
Every week the team, with local believers, make a big pot of soup at a church in Ankara and invite those passing by to join them for lunch. Dozens of neighbours come to the church to have a bowl of soup and hear about the gospel. Soup day has become the most effective evangelistic outreach this church has ever seen! They also make a big pot of rice, chicken and chickpeas and drive it over to the bus station where over a hundred homeless people find shelter. Our workers engage in conversations about life and faith with those they give a bowl of food to. These days the back row of the local church’s services is full of people who currently reside at the bus station!