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Gateway Newsletter, April 26, 2019
Genocide, Peace, and Missions
April 24th, marked the 104th Remembrance day of the Armenian Genocide. On Monday, April 22, I learned a new word, and new phrases in the Armenian language. The first word was Բարիշկ (bareeshuk). When I first heard it I was shocked. I looked at the person and asked “what was that again?”. The Armenian woman began to explain that when two children are fighting a teacher or parent will tell the children, եկեք Բարիշկ (yekek bareeshuk). Which in English means “come on, make peace, or come on and reconcile.” She then began to tell me this is a colloquialism, and probably not the Armenian language. I then replied and said, “it is not Armenian, this is Turkish!”. I said that in Turkish this is the word we use for making peace and reconciliation. In Turkish the word for this: Բարիշկ or bareeshuk, is not verbal command, but rather the state of being reconciled or at peace, it is barışık (Barushuk). What is interesting in Turkish, teachers or parents, will say the exact same thing, hadi barışın (come on make peace, or come on and reconcile).
It is apparent that the Armenians are using a Turkified form of barışık in their expression. After the children reconcile they ask, Բարիշել ենք (bareeshel enk) – “did we make peace?” She went on to explain to me that after peace is made they have another saying: Բարըշենք, բարըշենք, հարյուր տարի չկռվենք: Which translates to: “Let’s make peace, let’s make peace, for a hundred years let’s not fight.” I could not think of a better example of the shared culture between the two ethnic groups.
On the day of the genocide memorial, a Turk from Kars, Turkey wrote me. He asked me, “So you say there was a genocide, okay. And you say ‘Turkey will never have peace until it confronts the Armenian Genocide.’ I am from Kars, and there were things done to our people in the villages by Armenians. How are we to deal with this?” I responded, “Take one step towards the Armenians, and barış (peace) is waiting for us all.” He responded, “In that case, we need to meet with one another, and find a way to live in love and peace.” I responded, “yes.” The Bible is clear, that the ones that humble themselves, and confess their sins are blessed. That is exactly what the Turks and Kurds need to do concerning the atrocities their forefathers committed. However, I am convinced, that only in Jesus Christ can this truly happen. This is one reason why pioneer church-planting must continue in Turkey. We need more Ambassadors for the King in Turkey. Ambassadorship leads to reconciliation with God in Christ, which leads to reconciliation with even our worst enemies.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (2. Corinthians 5:17-20).
Since 2008, our ministry has been bringing messages of reconciliation from Turkish and Kurdish Christians to the Armenian community. Again this year we continue to serve our brothers and sisters in this way. We will be helping host a group from Turkey. They will come for the purpose of confessing the sins of their fathers (the genocide). Pray that the outcome of the meetings would be true barush (reconciliation) and that the fruit of these meetings will be the breaking down the barriers to spiritual awakening in Turkey – Hadi barışalım – եկեք Բարիշկ.
See my article in Agos newspaper from 2014 concerning this need: http://www.agos.com.tr/tr/yazi/7734/turkey-will-have-no-peace-until-they-confront-the-armenian-genocide
Short video about the reconciliation that is already taking place:
Please listen to fruit of reconciliation: God calls all the nations to repentance:
News and Prayer Points
- On April 11, 2019, I successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation. I passed, with only some minor revisions. I will officially graduate on May 4th, 2019, but will not be able to attend the ceremony. I was advised to make a discipleship manual for missionaries that work with Muslims, and also to make a version available for Bible colleges and seminaries that teach on similar subjects to use as a textbook. (My next two personal projects.) I will write more concerning the topic and results of this dissertation in an upcoming newsletter.
- April 10-13 Lisa and our family helped host “Love Camp.” This is a bi-yearly disabilities camp we partner to host with another missionary in Armenia. This year we had over 170 participants. We also did a version of Tim Tebow’s “Night to Shine,” with those with disabilities, instead calling it “Night of Glory, the King and I.” All the men dressed in suits and ties, the women had their make-up and dresses on. I think those that were serving were in tears all night, and those with disabilities were having the night of their life! I had given a talk about the hope of heaven with the group, and the next day a woman in a wheel chair told me, “I am waiting for the day that I can run to the arms of Jesus in heaven.” Dr. Lisa was able to counsel many individuals during this camp as well. Thank you for your prayers and support for this. Our next camp will be in October.
- Our CP teams in Turkey are doing well. Meeting with scores of people weekly, and gathering regularly for worship in provinces that we have not seen churches in over 100 years! Keep praying for them.
- Translation and publication of two books. My book on The Expected Awakening in Turkey was updated and printed in the Armenian language for the second time. I have been collaborating with Dr. Mark Durie, (I mostly learning from him.) We had his book Liberty to the Captives translated into Armenian and the printing will be complete next week! It is a very helpful book for our ministry and equipping Armenians to work with Muslims. It can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Captives-Freedom-Dhimmitude-through/dp/098746910X
Thank you all for your generous and continued support. Remember to pray for the Turks and Kurds that will be visiting us in Armenia (I cannot share much detail about all of this, but these will be crucial meetings.)
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Jacob’s writing ministry – recent publications (2018):
I was recently asked to write a blog about the connection between missions, and sanctification. Feel free to share this with whomever you would like:
-Articles Published with my pseudonym (Yakup Korkmaz).
- A Return to Negative Apologetics with Muslims: (A Presuppositional Approach with Muslims PAM). Published by Evangelical Missions Quarterly, April 2018.
- Biblical Missional Prayer: 5 Focused New Testament Prayers for the Church. Published by Evangelical Missions Quarterly, October 2018.
-Book Chapter Published: For a time after our book was released it was ranked No. 1 in Amazon’s ‘Christian Evangelism’ section! It was a privilege to be asked to participate in this project. My chapter is on a Muslim sect that originates from Turkey (Neo-Nurcus, Gulenists), but they are found throughout the world. My pseudonym used is Yakup Korkmaz. I also had the privilege to be published alongside one of my Muslim Studies professors, Dr. Warren Larson, as he contributed a chapter concerning Pakistan.
- Chapter in the book Margins of Islam: Ministry in Diverse Muslim Contexts, My contribution was chapter six,“Biblical Approaches to the Nurcu Gulen Movement in Turkey” Published October 2018, by William Carey Publishing.
To find out more about the book click here: http://muslimministry.blogspot.com
To purchase the book and leave a review click here:
My other publications available online:
Research Evangelism among Folk Muslims, Also published by EMQ: https://missionexus.org/research-evangelism-among-folk-muslims-calling-missionaries-to-christian-cultural-anthropology/
- Videos to watch and share with whom you would like:
- Jacob’s Muslim Misconceptions Series:
- Jacob’s Missionary Perspective Series:
- Jacob’s Apologetics Series:
- Jacob’s Muslim Conversion to Christ Testimony Series:
- Armenian and Turkish Reconciliation Series:
- Preaching at a Mosque: Missionary stories from Turkey and a challenge to Ambassadorship from Jacob: Jacob at the Mosque
- A Sermon on Missions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2RNZQIXGa0
- 2017 “End of the Year” Update by Jacob: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXD-kOY59Nk&feature=youtu.be
Jacob Received Columbia International University’s Alumni Recognition Award (2018). This was an honor, and surprise for me. I was asked to write, or make a video and answer questions about my time at CIU, and give a word for the students of CIU: https://youtu.be/YEbckoTxC1M
Ambassadors for the King in Turkey (cross-cultural evangelism guidebook) is a resource written by Jacob for missionaries that wish to effectively minister in Turkey.
The Messiah and Women is an evangelistic resource written by Jacob for Muslim women so that they may know Jesus’s love for them.
The Expected Awakening in Turkey is another resource written by Jacob, which draws attention to the Armenian genocide and the expected biblical response from Turkish churches.
Academic Articles: Read articles and papers Jacob has written on Islam, Theology and Apologetics with Muslims.
Lahairoi Ministry: Published on December 26, 2018: Jacob’s Short-Testimony, Kurdish Ministry, and Reconciliation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iZ4Vxj243c
Listen to this lecture by Jacob comparing and contrasting Theology in Islam and Christianity: Is the Islamic God the same as the Christian God?
@PrayForTurkey. https://twitter.com/PrayForTurkey Jacob has set up this account specifically for people to know how to strategically pray for the work in Turkey.
@gatewayedu : https://twitter.com/gatewayedu Jacob updates on the ministry from this account.
Follow Dr. Lisa on Twitter: @mosaiclisa https://twitter.com/mosaiclisa
Watch Dr. Lisa’s Seminars:
Follow Dr. Lisa’s blog: https://ljpursley.wordpress.com