Often when I am sitting on the ferry crossing the strait that divides my stunning, over one thousand year old city, I can’t help but think how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful part of the world. I’m still amazed that a normal workday for me involves taking a striking ferry ride, passing world wonders. At these moments I am perfectly happy. Later in the evenings, however, the Muslim call to prayer echoes through my neighborhood and I remember that this city is deceiving.
Even though Breakthrough has the appearance of beauty and prosperity, it is actually one shrouded in great spiritual darkness. As I walk down the crowded streets of my city, I look upon hundreds of people who have never heard the truth about Jesus. In a city that was once the stronghold of Christendom, Jesus is now honored as no more than a good prophet.
Looking back at my first month here, two memories in particular stick out to me. It was our first week on campus that my teammate and I sat down on the grass with Jen and Sarah. After we exchanged some friendly conversation, we shared with our new friends that we were Christians. We asked if they had any other Christian friends. I was shocked to hear not only did they not know any Christians personally, but one of the girls had never even met one.
I knew these people had very little access to the Gospel, but to think that one of these girls, nearly 23 years old, had never in her life met a Christian broke my heart. I am reminded why God called our team to this part of the world. In the words of the apostle Paul, our ambition is to “preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard.”
Then last week I met a dear friend from two years ago, Emma, for dinner. As soon I found her on the busy street that evening, she hurriedly told me we must go to
the mosque. It was time for prayer, dinner must wait. For a long, sobering five minutes I watched as Emma bowed in prayer, pleading before a God that didn’t even
exist. Please pray for Emma, that she would meet the One True God, Jesus Christ. Pray for this country, that the name of Jesus would be made great here. And
finally, please pray for our team, that we would declare the Gospel boldly, as we ought.
Submitted by Lea, a one-year missionary in Breakthrough