Umut from Turkey— Freed from jail with a new life in Christ
Umut* came across SAT-7 TÜRK while flicking through TV channels. He started watching the Christian programs and they were a great encouragement to him as he had not been able to find a Bible or meet any other Christians since he was freed from jail.
He got in touch via Facebook to share his testimony:
“While I was in prison, I made friends with a couple of Christians. I started reading the Bible and after some time I decided that Christianity is more credible to me and closer to my heart. When I was reading the Bible I can’t describe the feelings I experienced! Since that day I consider myself a Christian.”
DESIRE FOR CHURCH
Umut asked if SAT-7 could help him by giving him more information about Christianity and also by putting him in touch with other Christians in his area. He said, “I would really appreciate your help. I don’t know which church to go to. I live in Izmir. I am thanking you in advance. If you can help me I would be glad.”
SAT-7 TÜRK’s viewer support officer responded to Umut’s message, and directed him to a local church that is known to us. Since then, Umut has been faithfully attending the church and is now preparing to be baptized.
Turkey is not an easy place to be a Christian; believers comprise less than 1% of the population. Umut will likely face additional difficulties because of his criminal record. Yet, his connection with SAT-7 helps him stay connected with God. It helps him find hope and strength. You can see how we inspire those like Umut through our “inspire and grow” and “Church support” initiatives.
*Name changed for security