Bayburt

Bayburt's winters are so harsh that most of its villages lose their communication in winter and all food must be stored for months. There are no known believers but God has prepared a feast for the people of Bayburt.

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Bayburt

The team that visited Bayburt found it hard going. They began in a coffee shop because in other provinces they'd had good contact with waiters who were eager to receive New Testaments. The waiter in Bayburt didn't feel the İncil was relevant as it had been supplanted by the Qur'an. He accepted one, but reluctantly. The team offered literature to another man who read it and invited them to a tea place - where he forced them to stay while he called the police. The police came but insisted to the man that the team was doing nothing wrong. He threatened them saying that if the police didn't do anything, he knew other ways he could stop them. The police then took the team in for another two hours of questioning - or to protect them from the man - but were again found innocent. The team continued to try to share but were followed everywhere they went. After they left Bayburt, a car from there followed them for five hours across three provinces, though the team was encouraged by Psalm 91. Oh Bayburt, who stones the prophets - Jesus wants to gather you as a hen under His wings!