Kırklareli is forested and logically famous for furniture making. It shares a border with Bulgaria which means that drug smuggling is a problem. Residents put a high emphasis on education and materialism seems a stronger draw than Islam.
A great open door to youth is sending youth out to meet them! The team was prayer walking in the town when the boys saw the basketball court at the park in Kırklareli, so the guys started playing basketball with the young boys. While they were doing that, the girls in the groups decided to worship and pray there. All of a sudden, many young teenage girls started approaching the girls to sit with them and talk. The team gave them each a tract and sang a song for them - they reciprocated by singing a Turkish song in return! Exchanging Instagram IDs, they took photos, sharing them with each other. One of the was deeply touched by the "Sen Özelsin" (You are Special) tract. The team reiterated over and over to the girls who God meant them to be in Christ and how they were special and beautiful. They were able to pray over them the verses Isaiah 27:2-3: "In that day, sing about the fruitful vineyard. I, the LORD, will watch over it, watering it carefully. Day and night I will watch so no one can harm it." Pray that Kırklareli would become a fruitful vineyard, a planting of the Lord!