Turkey’s bombings prompt caution by mission teams.

By November 21, 2003

Turkey (MNN)–Trucks packed with explosives blew up at a London-based bank and the British consulate Thursday, killing at least 26 people and wounding hundreds.

This is the second time in a week that bombings have jarred the senses of a country with a close alliance to the United States.

Washington has long promoted Turkey, the only Muslim NATO member, as a model Islamic democracy that could be emulated by other Islamic countries. That relationship may be the reason militants are now threatening anyone with a connection to the West.

IN-Network’s team in Turkey may be keeping a low profile right now because of their ministry’s reputation. U-S Director Rody Rodeheaver explains. “That is always a struggle in these types of countries–Christianity being tied to America and the West. So, our staff have to work hard at overcoming that and these kinds of events trigger some of those kinds of feelings.”

Rodeheaver says there is good news to report from their ministry, not only in response, but also: “We’ve been seeing, in Turkey, a lessening of the regulations, and a lessening of the pressures there, with more freedom being given for the Gospel to have opportunities to reach out.”

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