P. Jozsi Marian is here (after his trip to Iran, afghanistan etc) it's great to have him around. We are very excited about having him and his family here!!!!!!!
P. Matti is in Italy for a week. (There once was a church in Italy that supported a missionary to Turkey, one day they decided to visit. The missionary called them asking them not to come because of "persecutions and difficulties with the government", they still came to find that there was no work going on, no pastor to be found. After recovering from their shocking discovery, they came accross P. Matti 's number and asked if someone in his church might speak their language. A pastor from Romania 'happened' to be visiting; they connected, and ended up inviting P. Matti to someday visit their church and build them up.)
We are continuing with our Turkish classes, increasing to 2 hours a day when possible. How exciting to learn a new language, and Turkish has tons of borrowed french words. Almost every day we meet a new person that we get a phone number for ("Telefon numaraniz kac?") and plan to meet again at a later time. Turkish people are so friendly and ever so patient and encouraging with our beginners Turkish.
There are 2 precious Congolese who come faithfully to the sunday morning service. Sarah translates into French for them and we sometimes sing the verse of a song in French for them, just to see their faces lit up is all worth it! Africans are so miserable here, it just breaks our heart. We'll have them -John and Astrid- over for dinner this week.
There's also a guy from our neighborhood who used to live in NY. After talking for 15 mn he said he wanted to have us over for coffee to 'hear our stories'. God knows we have 'stories' for him!
Watching wednesday night service!
I had so much fun watching this lady drop down a basket to the local grocer,
and pull it back up a little later filled with the items she purchased!
that's one smart way to shop when you live on the 5 or 6th floor with no elevator!
Jediah painted this view of Ortakoy for our guests
from Baku, Yann and Zlata.
Sadek just entered the meeting room during song service -
his Bible is securely camouflaged in the news paper.