Standing with our Partners in Turkey
FBCG leadership has chosen to send a $6,000 gift to help our brothers and sisters in Diyarbakir (Turkey) pay the legal fees in their case against the Turkish government, appealing the unfair deportations of 8-10 missionary families from southeastern Turkey. This has proven quite traumatic for local believers as their leaders have been taken away from them. One of the deportees, Jerry Mattix, had been an elder in the Diyarbakir Church for 12 years and worked with several FBCG short-term teams throughout the past 10 years. Jerry was fined and deported for “working” illegally when he preached a sermon at the church. Diyarbakir Pastor Ahmet Guvener decided to take this bold stand not just for Jerry, but for all missionaries and fellowships in Turkey: “Fundamentally, the government wants to take away from us the most basic of human rights: religious freedom. There is no officially recognized school or seminary in Turkey for Christians to seek further education. Thus, at the moment, we are largely reliant on foreigners to meet this need for us.”
FBCG’s gift is the result of extreme generosity. Thanks for your commitment to support our covenant to reaching Turkey for Christ.