Category: OC Student Evangelism

OC Students Teach and Study in Turkey

Hundreds of students from Oklahoma Christian University go each year on campaigns all over the world.  Some of these involve students in medical missions, some in teaching the Bible in various ways, some in construction of church buildings and homes, and others in conducting camps, or others in activities to assist local missionaries.

One of the most interesting of these is Oklahoma Christian’s newest study abroad program in Turkey which began in the summer of 2009.  The program is the result of a partnership between OC’s Office of International Programs and the Let’s Start Talking (LST) ministry. Seven students along with faculty sponsors Dr. Bob and Donna Carpenter spent a total of six weeks in Turkey. All nine participants took a Turkish language and culture class together. They also did language exchange sessions and, circumstances permitting, Bible studies with Turks using LST materials in small group settings. The students also took OC classes for credit. The time in Turkey ended with a week-long excursion that included such archeological sites as Perge, Side, Termessos, Laodicea, Hierapolis, Ephesus, and Pergamum, as well as a visit to Istanbul.

Turkey is a country with a multilayered history. The city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) was the capital of two empires: the Christian Byzantine and the Muslim Ottoman. Today 99 percent of its 70 million inhabitants are Muslims, although the government is constitutionally secular. While this combination does pose certain formidable challenges for Christians at times, the overall situation in Turkey is far less restrictive than what Christians face in most other predominantly Muslim countries. In fact, one of the most valuable features of this particular study abroad program is the unique opportunity it affords participants to learn practical and spiritual lessons from the foreign Christian workers in Turkey with whom they worked, as well as …


Posted on December 03rd, 2009 in OC Student Evangelism

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