When Seyhan* looks into the eyes of her little boy, she wants him to have a better life than she had. Thank God they got out. And thank God for your support, which propels godly counsel and love into the lives of domestic violence survivors like Seyhan. You are showing millions in the region that God’s love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)
Seyhan’s husband moved to another city in Turkey for work, so she has been raising her son largely on her own. In his absence, another close male relative in the home abused her. Home was no longer a safe place and she did not trust family. They eventually even threw her out of the house.
FEW RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS
Despite the alarming rates of sexual and other familial violence against women in Turkey**, the country does not have widely available support or safe houses for survivors. The victim bears the burden of fleeing, securing housing, as well as finding a job to provide income if her family is not supportive.
Seyhan found housing in a new city with her son, but it was difficult to trust anyone. She prayed, “Lord, I wish I had someone I could trust and talk to.” In the other room, The Power of Prayer was airing on SAT-7 TÜRK. The voice of the host, Ayda Danacıoğlu, drew Seyhan out of the kitchen and back into the living room. Ayda’s talks were honest and her voice gave Seyhan confidence as she thought, “This is it, it’s her.” She called the show to pour out her heart and struggles.
A NEED TO TRUST AND BE LISTENED TO
They prayed over the air, and it didn’t stop there. Knowing Seyhan was all alone in a new city, Ayda drove over 600 miles to pray with her in person. Ayda says,
“I sensed the depth of her pain at the bottom of my heart. She just needed to trust someone and be listened to. So, I listened. As a woman, I understood the difficulties she experienced. The things she said were heavy, but one could see God working. Just as Jesus saw the pain of Lazarus’ sisters and cried with them, while listening to her, my heart and soul cried for the things she experienced. We are still in touch. While we don’t see each other often, we write to one another.”
Seyhan, and many other audience members, are building real relationships with the on-air Presenters and Audience Relations Counselors at SAT-7. It’s your prayers and support that make this possible!