Pray for Turkey on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Prayers for Turkey: Matthew 6:24-34

O God, this day we are people who are worried about tomorrow. We’re worried that our children might not have good schools, or will be hurt by some danger. We want security for them.  We are worried about our health. We don’t want to fall sick. We are worried about our environment and what’s happening to our planet.

O God, you know that some of our friends in Turkey are worried about their country’s future. They fear that religious dogmatism will take over, impose their narrow views on everyone else, and destroy Turkey’s secularism. And you know that other friends in Turkey fear that modern life is making the country lose its values and culture, that anti-religious fanatics will destroy the beauty of the people and their traditions.

Reassure us, O God, that seeking after you and your right path today is the best way to be set for whatever may happen tomorrow. Help us live faithfully now, walking the path of your light and will, so that we can face the worries of the coming days.

Mission Stewardship Moment from Turkey:

IIMP is an ecumenical program in which parishes unite for Christian service to refugees, aslyum seekers and migrants in Istanbul, focusing on the most marginalized of this group, mainly women with children. IIMP recently helped a woman from Morocco with a serious heart problem. She was pregnant with her eighth child. One of the local Turkish parishes helped her family with housing. IIMP found a local heart specialist who was able to check the pregnant mother. The doctor was so concerned for her and the baby that she was sent immediately to a hospital and admitted for ten days. The doctors there said there is only one medical center in Istanbul able to deal with such a serious condition. Both mother and baby would have to be in intensive care at the time of delivery and perhaps at least one of them would make it through the experience. The baby’s father has been able to get employment near their home. Furniture and food items were delivered from an international school. When at the required medical center for a check-up, the pregnant mother was discovered to be in the first stages of labor. She was delivered then and there, miraculously without complications. Mother and daughter are doing well. Here is a case where concerned people of many nations and backgrounds worked together. The Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program, IIMP coordinated this critical help to a mother stranded in Istanbul by relying on its unique mix of local and international support.

 (Prayer and Mission Moment by Betty and Ken Frank)

Global Ministries International Partners in Turkey:

  • Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program: Predecessors of the current Global Ministries personnel in Istanbul organized local parishes to serve the influx of refugees to that city during the First Gulf War in 1991. Hearing the continuing call to minister to the needs of economic migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees stranded in Turkey – they number at least 100,000 today – the parishes over the years have sustained and further developed this ecumenical program of Christian mission. The focus is on the most marginalized group of migrants, namely women with children. Services include food, clothing, health care, counseling, voluntary repatriation, adult education and emergency shelter subsidies. IIMP is a critical presence in the lives of those they help. Its work overlaps with NGOs that advocate for the rights of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Global Ministries personnel are officers on the IIMP Board and in charge of the adult education program.
  • Health and Education Foundation: The Health and Education Foundation, a Turkish secular philanthropy, began in 1968 to protect and renew the educational and medical institutions of the American Board, which represents the founder of these institutions more than a century ago. The Health and Education Foundation consists of volunteers who are the graduates of the American Board schools. There are three high schools in Turkey (TarsusIstanbul, Izmir), a hospital in Gaziantep (SEV American Hospital) and a printing press (SEV-YAY), founded by the American Board but now managed by the Health and Education Foundation, which has full responsibility and authority for them. The institutions exemplify the positive possibilities for bridging cultural divides and building trustful relationships that are needed in today's pluralistic world. Global Ministries follows with hope and interest the progress of these historical institutions through its office in Turkey, the American Board.

 

    For more information on Turkey, click here: http://globalministries.org/mee/countries/turkey/

    Global Ministries Personnel in Turkey:

    Ken & Betty Frank serve with the American Board in Istanbul, Turkey.  They share the job of General Secretary of the American Board.  They also serve on the board of the Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program (IIMP) and work in its programs.

    Alison Stendahl serves as Academic Dean of and a math teacher at Uskudar American Academy in Istanbul, Turkey. She also represents, along with Peter Makari, Global Ministries on the Near East School of Theology (NEST) Board in Beirut, Lebanon.

    Pray for Partners without Global Ministries Mission Personnel: Bulgaria

    God, we pray for the Union of Evangelical Congregational Churches in Bulgaria. We ask you to help the Union to respond to the challenge of finding ways in this minority situation to witness and serve most effectively. Amen

    For more info on Bulgaria, click here: http://globalministries.org/mee/countries/bulgaria/


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