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Turkish Gospel Resources
A special welcome to all visitors of Turkish heritage! This page contains links to Bibles, stories and websites written in Turkish which tell about Jesus and His love for the people of Turkey.

Many followers of Jesus are praying that God will bless Turkish-speaking people, and some of the links on this page have information to help them learn more about the Turkish language and culture.

Thank you for visiting. May the grace and peace of God be yours today!

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Turkish Publications About Jesus

The Four Spiritual Laws explains God's plan of salvation in Turkish.

You can hear a Real Audio gospel message in Turkish at I-AM.org.

ChristianAnswers.Net offers an on-line presentation of God's Story: From Creation to Eternity in Turkish.

If you'd like to study the Bible, Wycliffe Associates has published a series of Easy English Bible Commentaries for pastors, elders and Bible Study leaders in the developing world. Easy English has two levels: Level A has a vocabulary of 1200 words. Level B has a vocabulary of 2800 words.

GotQuestions.org answers basic questions about Christianity in many languages including Turkish.

Thru the Bible, the classic five-year radio Bible study with Dr. J. Vernon McGee, is broadcast daily on the internet in Turkish.

Turkish Bibles

Online Bibles:

Turkish Bibles to purchase:
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You can purchase a Turkish New Testament in audio format from Faith Comes By Hearing.

Find online, audio and print Bibles in 250 languages at Bibles in Your Language.

Background Info on the Turkish People

The SIL Ethnologue reports that 59 million people worldwide speak Turkish, making it number 19 on their list of Top 100 World Languages by Population. The largest Turkish-speaking populations live in Turkey, Germany, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Yugoslavia.

SIL also reports that 61 million people live in Turkey. Ninety percent of the population speak Turkish, the official language, but Arabic, Farsi, Kurmanji, Azerbaijani, Kabardian, Adyghe and other languages are also spoken.

According to the World Factbook, Turkey is 80% Turkish and 20% Kurdish. Religious affiliation is 99.8% Muslim (mostly Sunni), and less than .2% Christians and Jews.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 42,000 people living in the U.S. spoke Turkish in 1990, making it number 42 on the Top 50 Languages Spoken in the U.S.

A good introduction to the culture and customs of Turkey is the 4-page Culturegram published by Brigham Young University. Many local libraries carry a set of Culturegrams in their reference section. Or you can purchase You can download a 4-page pdf file for $4.

Information for Churches

Perhaps you've noticed that several Turkish families have moved into your community. Your church would like to get acquainted with them and find ways to serve your new neighbors. But how can you begin?

Begin your preparation by cultivating a loving heart, a listening ear, and the habit of prayer. Look for opportunities to learn about other cultures and develop skills for cross-cultural communication. There are lots of resources on this site, including the article "How to Start a Cross-Cultural Ministry," that can help you prepare to move forward in faith.

The Jesus Film is a great way to share the gospel in the "heart language" of your Turkish neighbors. Campus Crusade for Christ has produced this beautiful film of the gospel of Luke and translated it into over 600 languages, including Turkish. Your church can buy a video for less than $20 and sponsor a "Turkish Night" to show the film and begin a dialogue. Ask Turkish leaders in the community if they would like to see the film and if they'll help you invite other families.

To order the Jesus Film, visit Jesusfilm.org. Or order by phone from Campus Crusade at 1-800-432-1997.

God's Story is an 80-minute video which presents the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The video (and an audio version) are available in Turkish.

The International School of Ministry offers affordable bible training in Turkish. Their course in structured, taught by interdenominational Christian leaders, and available on audio tapes so your church can become a training center.

Learn the Language

If you want to honor your Turkish friends, learn a few phrases in their language.

These are some of the best-selling Turkish language tools at Amazon.com:

Want to learn English? The Good News English Course is free online.

Hazar.com offers free online dictionaries for translating Turkish to and from English, German, Italian, Danish and Japanese.

Here's another online dictionary for English-Turkish-English and Italian-Turkish-Italian.

Recommended Reading

Blue Guide Turkey, Third Edition
by Bernard McDonagh
W.W. Norton & Company,2001
Fodor's Exploring Turkey, Third Edition
Fodor's, 1999
Book and map
Lonely Planet Turkey
Lonely Planet, 2001
Sultan's Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook
by Ozcan Ozan
Tuttle Publishing, 2001
Classic Turkish Cooking
by Ghillie Basan
St. Martins Press, 1997
Classical Turkish Cooking:
Traditional Turkish Food for the American Kitchen
by Ayla Esen Algar
Harper Collins, 1999

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