Cross and Crescent Conversations

Have you ever met a Muslim? Have you ever spent time conversing with one? Did you know that most Turkish Muslims have never met a Christian? Cross and Crescent Conversations trips provide Christians and Muslims an opportunity to speak with one another.

Most Muslims are told what Christians believe by other Muslims, but have never spoken with a Christian. A Muslim friend asked, “How can so many people be wrong?”

Are you willing to participate in a Muslim – Christian dialogue? Most Muslims do not know Christians like you exist, even though they see old church buildings.

Muslims say, “I have never heard of a Protestant, what is one?” “I didn’t know Christians lived moral lives as good or better than Muslims.” “For a Christian to believe he will go to heaven seems to be arrogant.”

Are you willing to share your life and love with those who are curious about Christians? Then come to Turkey!

Muslims view Western society through the eyes of Hollywood and the media.

“Because of what I’ve seen on TV, I thought Christian women were all immoral.”

“Christians are polygamous since they marry and divorce readily.”

“How can an educated society have so much crime

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East-West Cross-Cultural Lessons

When you come to Turkey from America you must remember you are coming from an individualistic society in contrast to a collective/hierarchical society. Relationships are all important and money is not as important as friendships. Everything is centered around the relationships of a particular family or group.

Life is based on group decisions. A proverb says,”The one who runs ahead runs alone.” This culture is shame based so to be expelled from the family or community is the greatest fear.

For example, in the West, which is a guilt based culture, people break the law and either pay the penalty and/or are forgiven. Yet in a shame based society, loss of face, exposure of wrong-doing, and rejection are powerful deterrents that lead one to work toward social acceptance.

In this society “privacy” as foreigners know it is hard to come by. The entire community is involved in all of life’s issues and to not let others be involved is rude. Here one’s contacts or circle of friends is more important than the rule of law.

In Turkish culture time is not as important as friendship, family, and being with people. Westerners want to “do something” whereas Turks are more concerned

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