Ahmed can I pray for you?

800px Kapali Carsi Grand Bazar Istanbul Sep08

I’ve been on long service leave for most of December/January. 

Michelle and I had two weeks in Turkey visiting ancient sites (Ephesus, Pergamon, Pamukkale, Cappadocia) and wandering down the Aegean coast to Fethiye.

Loved Ephesus, one of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world.

Istanbul was alone was worth the trip. 

On the way to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar I picked up a leather belt from Ahmed’s shop. He was Syrian refugee who had fled the fighting in his hometown.

Soon we got to talking about faith and about Jesus. He wanted to know why there was so much turmoil in Islam. We talked about Isa (Jesus) as a man of peace.

I encouraged him to read the Injil (New Testament) in Arabic for himself and ask Allah (God) to show him what is right.

We swapped email addresses. Then I prayed for him.

Since then we’ve stayed in touch. Ahmed tells me how much it meant to him to talk and he especially thanks me for the prayer.

Friendship, God’s Word and payer — it’s just a beginning, but you don’t have to be an expert to share with someone with a Muslim background.