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Emre Karaali: Izmit, Turkey


The population of Turkey in 2013 was 75 million people. While it was once the location of the seven churches of the New Testament, it now only has 5,000 protestant believers and 99% of the population of Turkey is bound to the Muslim faith.

Izmit was once the Roman capitol city, Nicodemia. The city has a population of 2 million and there is finally a church now located near the ancient Diocletian’s palace. Pastor Emre and his wife began serving with the Izmit church in 2009. In addition to preaching and leading weekly services, they shared the gospel and organized local outreaches. The church has grown with the addition of new believers who came to Christ from Islamic backgrounds.

They planted a church in Adapazari in 2011. It is a city with a population of 1 million just 45 minutes from Izmit. They now have a home group and would like to find a building so they can start a Sunday service.

Pastor Emre also hosts websites for the two churches and a site for evangelism.

Izmit Church website with sermon videos
Adapazari CP Website
Evangelistic Website with testimony videos, church locations, and a FAQ with short videos:

The Karaali’s have had many challenges including an assassination attempt in 2013. Twelve people were arrested. Although court cases were started in 2014, all of those arrested are now free. You can read more here.

Internet Radio Project – Radyo Maranata

Join us to develop a radio ministry to reach a whole nation with a culturally savvy and clear presentation of the Good News of Salvation!

Turkey is a country with a population of about 75 million people.  Religious education according to Islamic principles begins in elementary school at grade 3. In Turkey, the number of Protestant Christians in our country is minuscule %0.008.  In most cities, there are no evangelical Churches. In many cities, there is only one local church.  Against all this data, we have this promise of Jesus Christ; “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few” (Matt. 9:37) With this heart attitude we have decided to start with what the Lord has given to us.  We know that “He who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!”(Eph. 3:20-21)

Turkish-speaking people all over the world can experience the good news through radio, and be referred to churches in their region. This reaches across all levels of society.  A wide range of programs can be used to achieve this goal: bible readings, hymns, sermons in addition to activities such as advertisements, and live call in shows can be used through a live radio broadcast.  If possible and, if necessary, you can even buy an fm frequency.

In accordance with this goal, we wanted to make you aware of our need for your prayers and support.


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