Terribly damaged in the 1999 earthquake, Yalova has been rebuilt and is newly prosperous. Residents were cared for by many believers in those years and there is now a church and Christian campground but the numbers are still small.
A team from Hawaii travelled across the bay from Istanbul, together with a longterm worker, to reach Yalova for Jesus! They had hoped to do their theatrical dance performance but the local church in Yalova specifically asked them to do nothing "public". Instead, the team canvassed the city in pairs to talk to people and offer prayer and literature. One of their favourite moments though was on the ferry leaving! Two team members spoke with a lady who was excited to receive prayer. They were able to pray for her and give her the 'you are special' tract! She was so happy to receive the prayer and also very open to receive the New Testament that they were able to leave with her. Pray for these small seeds that have gone out. Pray for the church in Yalova and the wonderful work they do with refugees. Pray for unity amongst the different languages and cultures represented in the church. Pray against fear and that God would teach them the truth of what He is doing in Yalova.