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Mission: Ararat 2018
Mission: Ararat 2018

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“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” — John 3:8 (ESV)

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Mission: Ararat 2018

Dreaming and envisioning Christianity in Turkey

Ali was born in Turkey to a Muslim family. He met a woman who took him to church and invited him to come to a conference. The conference speaker came up to Ali and asked to pray for him. The speaker laid his hand on Ali, and Ali suddenly felt an indescribable peace and joy. When he came back the next day, a group of people laid their hands on him, and this time Ali felt his legs give out from under him. As he fell, he felt himself in front of a powerful, majestic being. His body started shaking, and he heard a voice telling him: “I am the one you have been searching for.” Ali realized this was Jesus. Jesus told him, “Be my disciple and follow me.” Ali felt so loved and valued and free from all his worries, and he gave his life to Christ. He started sharing the Gospel, and his whole family came to Christ.

Dreams and visions like the one Ali experienced are common in the Muslim world. Dreams and visions are among the primary ways Muslims are being led to Jesus in great numbers. Many in the Muslim world have been appalled by the violence of Islam and are searching for answers. Outreach via media (Christian radio, Internet, and videos) and by the church have introduced great numbers to the Lord.

Climbing For Christ began working in Turkey in 2010, but didn’t make any in-roads until the summer of 2013 when a team on Mount Ararat connected with semi-nomadic Kurds. We returned in 2014 and 2015, further deepening relationships and opportunities to share the love of Jesus.

But after our visit in June 2015, when we celebrated with Kurdish people the first election of Kurds to the Turkish parliament, bedlam broke out in southeastern Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, spurned by his party’s failure to gain majority rule in national elections, incited a nationalistic movement and resumed an unofficial war on Kurdish “extremists” in his country. This led to great destruction and loss of life in the Kurdish southeast.

Mission: Ararat 2016 and 2017 were cancelled as Mount Ararat was closed. “Actually, they do not have that much army operation in that area,” a Turkish friend told us, “but for security reasons they keep Ararat closed.”

We remained in contact with Kurdish friends on and around Ararat. All were reported to be doing fine.

Still, God burdened our hearts to return to Turkey to see friends there. So, in 2018, Climbing For Christ will return. If Ararat is open, we will again climb there. If not, we will trek in the Taurus Mountains.

PRAY: For hearts to soften to the Gospel in a place where Christianity once flourished. Today, Turkey — with a population of more than 80 million (and countless refugees) — is 96.3 percent Muslim. Only 0.6 percent of the people profess to be Christian, according to the Joshua Project, but other sources put the number in the low thousands. Among the 15-million-plus Kurds, it is said there are fewer than 0.01 percent following Christ.

GIVE: You can financially support any opportunities we might have to assist poor Kurdish people in eastern Turkey.

GO! July 14-29 to trek in the Taurus Mountains and eat fresh cherries with Turkish friends during the harvest. Cost is estimated at $3,500. For C4C members only. Email info@ClimbingForChrist.org for a mission application and more details.

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Mission: Ararat 2018

Dreaming and envisioning Christianity in Turkey Ali was born in Turkey to a Muslim family. He met a woman who took him to church and invited him to come to a conference. The conference speaker came up to Ali and asked to pray for him. The speaker laid his hand on Ali, and Ali suddenly felt an indescribable peace and joy. When he came back the next day, a group of people laid their hands on him, and this time Ali felt his legs give out from under him. As he fell, he felt himself in front of a powerful, majestic being. His body started shaking, and he heard a voice telling him: “I am the ... Read more »