A former inmate in Turkey tells SAT-7 counselors about his first encounter with the Gospel. Berk says,
I recently got out of prison but while I was there, I made friends with a few Christians. I started reading the Bible and after some time, I decided that Christ is credible and close to my heart. When I was reading the Bible… I can’t describe the feelings I experienced. Since then, I consider myself a follower of Jesus. But outside of prison, I haven’t found a Bible and I don’t have anyone to talk to about these things.”
Loneliness and Isolation
Feelings of loneliness and isolation are a struggle for Turkish Christians, where less than 0.2% of the population are believers. Many want to grow in their faith but don’t know where to start or how to find the resources. They lack the fellowship that is more readily available in places like the United States. Fortunately, satellite TV is easily accessible. Over 66% of Turks have access to SAT-7 TÜRK on TV, with even more having access online.
Berk came across SAT-7 TÜRK by happenstance. He writes,
While changing channels, I came to yours. I started watching it and wanted to write you. Maybe you can help me learn more about Christ? Also, could you please guide me to someone that I could talk to here? I would be so glad. There aren’t many churches here, so I really appreciate your help.”
Ministering to the Whole Person
SAT-7 Audience Relations Counselors helped Berk find the biblical resources he was seeking. He can also experience the wide variety of programs the channel offers, from biblical history to discipleship programs to worship services. The channel seeks to minister to the whole person, also covering topics such as marriage counseling, current events, health, cooking, and art.
Your support makes all of this possible, carrying Christ’s message directly into the homes of Turkey’s tiny Christian minority to encourage and minister to them. Consider supporting counseling programs for new Christians in the region. Thank you for doing your part to make God’s love visible in Turkey!
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