Tokat is known as the resting place of Henry Martyn, who first translated the New Testament into Persian. It is a conservative place - despite beautiful physical fruit in its orchards, there is little spiritual fruit. Who will go?
The team visited an English conversation class and had great conversations with many young people and teachers. Although there were several barriers, they were able to share with them about their faith in Christ and gave away some tracts and prayer cards. A young man named Gaffar and a young woman Melis came to talk to Daniel and David. Gaffar became agnostic after his disillusionment with all the strict rules of religion. Daniel shared about his religious upbringing and how he came to truly know God, and "book that changed his life”, Gaffar's eyes lit up and he accepted it joyfully! Melis wanted to read it immediately so the young people, now joined by Yunus, together read Luke 15 the story of the prodigal son with Daniel. They said that the story was different from the Qur'an and it touched their heart. They wanted to meet the next evening and talk more. The next evening, Yunus, Melis, Gaffar and Ahmet brought the New Testament and asked many questions. Prayers of blessing for them were received emotionally and gratefully.
The team decided to have an early day of Christmas ‘gift-giving’ in Tokat. They went to the supermarket and bought many household items, sweets,... more
The team that travelled to Tokat were so creative in the many ways they reached out! Upon arrival, the team found a community “book-sharing”... more