Our Turkey team has two major aims: church planting and ministry training. It is the desire of the team to see new fellowships emerge in cities where there is currently no church. The team has recently sent a family to a city in northwest Turkey to assist nationals working toward a new satellite fellowship plant in an unreached district there. Our team also maintains active relationships with believers in several other provinces in central Anatolia and south eastern Turkey where no church is currently available. We are praying for the Lord to provide workers that we can send to partner with local believers in planting fellowships in these unreached regions.
World Horizons is committed to leading and supporting the work of a ministry training programme called Filipus (www.filipus.org) which runs in cities in Turkey as well as in three Central Asian countries. Every year, new groups of local believers gather to live in a prayer-based community setting and receive applied training for ministry. In the afternoons the trainees give assistance to compassion projects, such as serving refugees or the homeless. Equipping participants to discover their part in mission, the training builds towards cross-cultural ministry placements in other cities and countries. The vision is to see local believers equipped to share the gospel and lead ministry in their own countries as well as in other nations.
We also provide a distance learning-based ministry training program called Yuzunu Ara, or Seek His Face (www.yuzunuaraegitim.com). Using live online classes, seminars and study of a wide variety of books on ministry and faith, this program helps equip Turkish national believers in theological knowledge, practical ministry skills and character formation so they can serve by the power of the Spirit in their own contexts. In our most recent year Yuzunu Ara served thirty participants in ten different provinces, and we are expecting greater involvement this year.
Members of our team also lead Arabic language discipleship ministry in Ankara and three nearby provinces. This work includes aid distribution to some of Ankara’s nearly 100,000 refugees, as well as Bible study, worship, prayer and discipleship in Arabic.
Finally, we are currently developing plans for ministry outreach and discipleship in the city centre based around music and the arts, to potentially involve periodic events, workshops and/or gallery showings, in cooperation with local believers.