Turks of Istanbul, Turkey
(is-tan-BULL) - It's ironic walking through malls in the Muslim-majority country of Turkey at this time of year because one can see Christmas decorations and hear carols playing over the loudspeakers. In Turkey, many people decorate for New Year's Day just like the West decorates for Christmas. Most do not even realize that there is a difference between Christmas and New Year's Day, and they certainly do not understand the true reason for Christmas. While Christmas celebrations in the West typically end in December, Turks will leave decorations up through January. This provides opportunities for more spiritual conversations. As Turks celebrate the new year, ask the Lord to open their eyes to see the truth of the gospel. Pray that 2 Corinthians 5:17 will happen and many will trust in Christ this month and become new creatures. Ask that believers will make the most of every opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas with their friends and family this month!