Pray for Turkey on Sunday, January 24, 2010

Prayers for Turkey: Luke 4:14-21

We read how Jesus preached and taught in the synagogues. We are amazed at his declaration that in his teaching and preaching the Isaiah passage was fulfilled. Anoint us too, that we bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to the captive, heal the blind, and release the prisoner. When we don't see immediate results, give us the confidence and vision of Jesus. Ultimately our efforts will be caught up in God's fulfilling grace.

-        We are thankful for the work of the American Board in Turkey in health and education, and how it has inspired generations to devoted service and a compassionate attitude.

-  We are grateful to the member churches of the Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program who support feeding and clothing the poor, and healing the sick.

-  We pray for those refugees who have serious health conditions and no resources to heal themselves.

-  We pray for the students and teachers in our adult education programs, where refugees and migrants learn skills that expand their futures.

(Prayer 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 close to 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.
  • 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.

 

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.