Ken & Betty Frank – Turkey As Global Ministries personnel in Turkey, we work with Christian parishes to provide services to migrants stranded in Istanbul. Our program particularly assists women with children, whom we invite to a safe place once a week.
As Global Ministries personnel in Turkey, we work with Christian parishes to provide services to migrants stranded in Istanbul. Our program particularly assists women with children, whom we invite to a safe place once a week.
There everyone gets a hot lunch and can receive health and hygiene advice. Milk and fruit are given out. Betty organizes a session for pre-school (and sometimes older) children that includes playing with toys, doing crafts, learning the Latin alphabet, tasting healthy foods, singing English songs with finger plays, and so on. This is particularly valued as migrant children have no access to schools. They are from a variety of countries and religious backgrounds. Their living conditions are often terrible, and their prospects usually bleak, but we hope with this service to make their life that little bit more bearable.
One family with four children has a six year old boy who cannot talk. Betty found a psychiatrist, a graduate of one of the American Board schools, who has volunteered her time and special skills and gifts to diagnose the child and to help his mother cope with his autism. Other doctors and health care givers have also been caught up in assisting this difficult case. What a sign of God’s grace and joy it is when we can share with our many generous and talented friends in helping those who are most vulnerable: six years old, autistic, no father, three siblings, and stateless.
Ken & Betty Frank Ken & Betty Frank serve as missionaries 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).