March 2, 2003

For the first time in 13 years of distributing New Testaments, Christian workers in Istanbul, Turkey were given freedom to hand out the Scriptures on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve without harassment from authorities. In the report, received at the U.S. office of Turkish World Outreach in Grand Junction, Colo., a Christian worker said it was an "exhilarating experience to distribute New Testaments even when the police came - to not be stopped, arrested, or taken in by them." Fifteen workers distributed more than 3,200 New Testaments in six hours on the main street of Istanbul. "The street police came four times to check and were amazed that we had permission," the worker said. "Some of the on-duty street police took New Testaments. One said, 'Islam has done nothing for us.'"

- Pulpit Helps,

March, 2003, p. 30.