Sunday, July 13, 2008

Turkish bath statistics

65% American men laying in birthday suits on hot marble

17% Old, angry masseusses (give them a break- you would be angry too if you had to scrub down naked men in a 160 degree steam room)

9% 430 year old Hamam (Turkish bath)

9% Turkish German who spoke English (and wanted me to know Poland is where all the pretty women live. "After all," he said, "Monika Lewinsky is from Poland." I responded to him, "No, you can't be right about Poland- my wife is from Iowa." Most Americans wouldn't even get that joke. Iowa? Famous for potatoes?

0% SUV's parked out front

Here is the high school team with Turan, a Turkish believer on trial for his faith. His testimony could've been a story from Acts 29. He came to Christ through a vision and God connected him to Christians through a newspaper ad meant to deride Christians in Turkey. Oops, the enemy overplayed his hand on that one.

I think what the workers need here is a shot of vision. When you work in a place where the work is as hard as it is here, you can't stop expecting. We all need a shot of Habakkuk, "Lord, I have heard of your fame. I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our time and in our day. In wrath, remember mercy."

Don't stop believing...

That's like a crash landing end to a blog post- trite lyrics from an 80's hair band...

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