Balıkesir is located in both the Marmara and Aegean regions. Ferries from İstanbul to Bandırma are making it a popular tourist destination for locals. There are several workers and a few small fellowships.
The team who travelled to Balıkesir province were able to reach out in several of the smaller cities in the province, where the Balıkesir church would like to start meetings. The team members who didn't speak Turkish were very clever - they wore signs inviting people to speak with them in German or English! One man asked the German brother where he was from and when he was told "Basel", he jumped up and gave him a hug, saying he grew up there! Though being a Muslim Turk, he had an interesting worldview but was happy to accept an İncil. Two English speaking team members were walking around carrying the English sign when a young couple, initially passing them by, came back to talk. It was very obvious that this man was a seeker, disenchanted with the Muslim faith. He asked great questions, about sin and also about the Trinity, and read several passages from the Incil. The young family previously had watched “The Passion of the Christ,” and seemed genuinely interested in learning more. They gladly took the New Testament with them.