Samsun has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It is from here that Atatürk led the war of independence. There is a growing local church led by a pastor with a passion to reach the neighbouring provinces. Come and encourage them.
The team in Samsun has enjoyed making deep friendships with just a few people. One is a chess teacher who has read the entire Qu'ran and parts of the New Testament. He likes Jesus and even prefers the Bible over the Qur'an saying that despite being born close to Syria, he doesn't like Islam at all because it does not make sense to him. Yet he doesn't believe in the miracles of Jesus. One of the team spent quality time with him to get to know him better and to share. One of the team has a dream to be a chef in a food truck in order to share the gospel through food at home. He met a chef in Samsun and they quickly became friends so one night the team member cooked with the chef, learning how to make some Turkish dishes. The whole team met a family where the father was an imam! They were having a BBQ and they invited the team to join them. They shared and gave an SD card to the oldest son because he is a religion teacher. The team took his contact details in order to stay in touch.