Dearest Friends,

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I love this city! I walked down the street today and saw sheep heads roasting on a spit. I also saw a nice selection of pig ‘s feet in the butcher’s window. We ate wonderful , but not so easy to spell Turkish food for lunch and dinner. One thing was called “lahmacun”. The “c” is pronounced as a “j”. Kelsey and I visited a house where they have to have a live in translator to communicate between the families who live there. We shared with Syrian refugees this week and made plans tonight to work with Afghan and African refugees. This is a very different place. It is a wonderful place!

Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races. Egyptian obelisks still dot the horizon. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics. There are over 1,300 mosques here.

There is such desperate need for the hope that only Jesus can give in this place. We are having sweet opportunities to share at different kinds of meetings and in people’s homes. We have met children that have found their rescue in knowing Jesus as their Savior. One family that we met with has suffered greatly from an abusive husband. The older children are trusting Jesus, but their mother is not that interested. Soon , they will be resettled somewhere. Please ask the Lord to put them in a place where they can learn more about Jesus.

Please hold us in your prayers! We are very busy and very happy!

In Jesus, Linda and Kelsey and Dear Friends