It is very nice to meet you, too!
Thank you for your message and question.
What a privilege it is for me to engage with our greater RZIM audience from different parts of the world.
As you may know, our part of the world has been in a very difficult period socio-politically.
After the failed coup attempt in July 2016, Turkey has been in a ‘state of emergency’ period, which is still ongoing.
This directly effects how we serve in and around the nation. Additional to that, Turkey currently holds the largest number of refugees in the Middle East, around 3 million reported live in our country.
Because of the intense chaos, instability, hopelessness and desperation that people are experiencing on a daily basis, the issues and questions are very raw and real. It really is a life and death issue for many of them. Here are a few underlying themes that are wrapped around their questions:
An increasing sense of apathy towards the meaning of life, purpose and desire to live on. Questions around these issues are mostly about the suffering, God’s existence and His involvement with people on earth.
Questioning of one’s belief, mainly Islam and its credibility. Comparison of Bible and Quran, lives of Jesus and Muhammed, and life after death - heaven or hell?
Search for healing - physically, mentally and emotionally. People are so broken and the need is huge. So, they come for the immediate necessities.
These are only a few to begin with. We as RZIM and the local church here are thankful to the Lord for allowing us to be present and active at such a time as this. With such a need so great, every moment, word, action and love demonstrated speak volumes.
Deep appreciation for your prayers and care!