The 1881 Project is a repeating 18-month initiative to see all of Turkey's 81 provinces be challenged to consider the claims of Christ. While we believe prayer walking to be a wonderful ministry, The 1881 Project expands that to focus on direct gospel engagement in any form whether that is sharing one on one, gifting literature to those interested, praying for people or using the creative arts in public proclamation.
The first project launched in 2012 and was repeated again in 2014/2015. 2016 was a year of prayer in which we interceded for each of the 81 provinces. 2017 focused on 18 specific provinces with no church. There are now house groups in three of those provinces!
Stories tell of hunger for Scriptures and the truth, religious leaders listening breathlessly to the Gospel, and people eager for prayer for healing. The Holy Spirit has changed the spiritual landscape of Turkey through this project.
Believers from Turkey and churches all around the world have partnered together in dozens of teams to see this project happen three different times in 2011/2012, 2014/2015 and 2017.
2018 will be the last year of The 1 881 Project. God has answered our prayers in raising awareness of the needs o f each province and starting in 2019, we want to focus on those provinces that do not yet have a regular meeting of believers.
We expect our final outreach in 2018 to be historic - 24 different teams spreading out across the country to reach all 81 provinces at once. What will be different this year is that many teams will not know any English - it will be teams of Albanians together - or teams of Koreans - or teams of Turks! Two days in Istanbul will cement our prayers and our hearts but homogenous teams will operate more powerfully in their own languages this year.
Turkey is often described as being at a crossroads - between Europe and Asia, between West and East, between developed and developing.
Within Turkey, society is polarised as never before. Political, religious and ethnic identities are causing strife and deep-seated anger. There is a hopelessness that can be seen in peoples' eyes.
And yet it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with warm, hospitable people, each of who has been created in the likeness of God and whom God is longing to make His child.
How can you be involved? In 2018, we need people to PRAY and to GO. Prayer requests go out every 18 days with a live prayer meeting on the 18th of each month leading up to July. Then, moving out in 24 different teams, we will spread out to each of Turkey's 81 provinces, discover what God has already been doing there and get involved in it. Click on the 'Get Involved' tab and let's start talking.