Patrick & Soonja: January 2015

Dear Interceding Loved Ones,
     Hello.  He is good and His love endures forever!  We always thank God for all of you who are together with us in this kingdom ministry in Turkey…please keep praying and don’t give up!  We have seen His glory and it increases all the time. Keep praying!
     This news clip was broadcast on one of the main television channels in Korea.  If you don’t speak Korean, still you can pretty much understand what is being said.  We were with our reporter friend helping him in filming for this report.  Basically it describes the situation with ISIS battling against the Kurdish YPG/Peshmerga and Coalition forces in Kobani and the resulting refugee situation in Suruc, Turkey.  The camp shown is representative of many camps and refugees living in abandoned, empty buildings or in unregistered camps.

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Refugee Crisis: March 2015

Feeding 10,000 refugees twice a day.

Patrick & Soonja: March 2015

Dear Praying and Worshipping Friends,

He is good and His love endures forever! We always thank God for you all.

“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit.”
Please keep fervently praying for all God is doing here and wherever God has placed you. We have an immediate prayer request and those which are ongoing as we battle together. Thank you!

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Patrick & Soonja: January 2015

Dear Interceding Loved Ones,

Hello.  He is good and His love endures forever!  We always thank God for all of you who are together with us in this kingdom ministry in Gaziantep, Turkey…please keep praying and don’t give up!  We have seen His glory and is increasing all the time here and in the region.  Keep praying!

This news clip was broadcast on one of the main television channels in Korea.  If you don’t speak Korean, still you can pretty much understand what is being said.  We were with our reporter friend helping him in filming for this report.  Basically it describes the situation with ISIS battling against the Kurdish YPG/Peshmerga and Coalition forces in Kobani and the resulting refugee situation in Suruc, Turkey.  The camp shown is representative of many camps and refugees living in abandoned, empty buildings or in unregistered camps in Suruc just a few kilometers over the border from Kobani.

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Patrick & Soonja: December 2014 (2)

Dear Praying Friends,

Hello.  The article out of the New Yorker Magazine below was sent by a praying sister.  It is a very good explanation of the situation in Gaziantep and the region regarding the Syrian conflict.

Gaziantep, a city in southern Turkey some forty miles from the Syrian border, has become a bustling hub at the center of the Middle East’s latest conflict. It’s a destination for spies and refugees, insurgent fighters and rebel leaders, foreign-aid workers and covert jihadists—all enmeshed in Syria’s multisided war.

I recently drove to one of Gaziantep’s upscale neighborhoods, an area of pastel apartment blocks with balconies, and took pictures of American Patriot-missile batteries on a nearby hillside. They were pointed at Syria. The missiles were deployed, last year, to defend against Scuds fired at rebel militias by the government of Bashar al-Assad. (Several Scuds had struck close to the border, and occasional artillery shells landed in Turkey.) Now the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, a.k.a. ISIS or ISIL, are also just across the border, less than an hour away. During an inspection visit in October, NATO’s Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, told American troops manning the missiles, “Your mission is more important than ever.”

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Patrick & Soonja: December 2014

Dear Precious Interceding Friends,
     Hello.  He is good and His love endures forever!  We always thank God for all of your love and faithfulness to Him, the people of Turkey and Syria and to us in His labor here.  Praise Him!
     God has granted us some favor here in Gaziantep now as the court case opened against Patrick’s deportation has been decided in our favor.  That is, the deportation was found illegal and against the constitution of Turkey guaranteeing freedom to practice and propagate one’s religion and beliefs.
     We believe this is a great blessing to Turkey and the region.  Pray as we follow up on this decision.  We have started now a church association and now Patrick will try and get his resident permit again.  We had around one year left when it was revoked.
     In Suruc (and here now) we have amazing favor with authorities and locals.  Please pray that we take full advantage of this open door for the blessing of Turkey and Syria by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  They are meeting on Sundays as a church in Suruc and we are planning to have a representative office for the association at that address.  Many good works are taking place there with Farz (Daniel), Ibrah, Agt, Ceml, others laboring to help these poor ones displaced by great violence.  Please pray for more good works in the name of Jesus Christ there and as we continue in Gaziantep and for the gospel to take hold and spread rapidly.
     Pray for the prayer house here and the local church as we now are meeting in 7 groups and having monthly full church meetings in different locations.  God is blessing.  Pray immediately as an opportunity for two different buildings has come before us immediately again.  Pray for wisdom and speed acting on these opportunities according to his will.
     Pray for the Youth Group and for Korean Fan outreach at Gaziantep University today for God’s glory, many good relationships, God’s plan to be revealed, for Soonja, wisdom and Korean team.
     Pray for the secular film crew from foreign nation filming coal and other distribution tomorrow in Suruc and Gaziantep.  Praise Him!  Please pray more than anything for God’s glory.  We have no food but this and it is good!  Very good!  The best!  Praise Him!
In the King of Kings,
Patrick & Soonja, Joseph, Kayra, Ilyas
Gaziantep, Turkey

Patrick & Soonja

Patrick & Soonja minister in Turkey and make programs for a school and pre-school of Christian children and are also developing a program to teach Syrian refugees, especially the women and young children. They lead a school and Alpha program to help and teach new believers about the Scriptures and God. Many new believers are added to the church, God continues to touch the refugees and local people.