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7/31/13 at 03:51 AM 0 Comments

Answering the call to reach Turkey for Christ

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By Mark Ellis

In the late 1960’s, only eight known believers could be identified in the entire country of Turkey. Even though it was once home to the seven churches of the Book of Revelation, the church had long since faded in the face of Islam’s advance.

But the merger of two organizations with a heart to reach Turkic people will bring greater impact for God’s kingdom in this strategic country. Last March, Crossover and Turkish World Outreach (TWO) joined forces after a year of prayerful planning.

“We had been partnering and we felt we could do more together,” says Shawn Gardner, executive director of TWO. “We had a lot of experience with Turkic people,” he notes. “Crossover has a cohesive strategy for multiplying disciples and churches. It was a good fit.”

Gardner believes the current instability of the region brings opportunities for the Gospel. “There is a shake-up going on,” he observes. Recent protests, police beatings, and the arrest of lawyers in Turkey have increased volatility.

“This creates opportunities for the Spirit of the Gospel,” he says. “The Gospel is a proclamation that Jesus is Lord over all the Earth – He is King. Only He can bring peace to this situation.”

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