Ekklesia/Dallas

Malatya

December 3, 2008
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I believe a lot of living in community is knowing of what is happening outside of your own community of faith.

I had dinner with Steve “Hoose” Husmann the other night. He’s been a good friend of mine since freshman year shenanigans back at UT. If we are counting years, that would be 6 years. Wow. Anyway, it was great catching up. We talked about missions, our callings in life [or rather, lack of knowing] and faith in general. Steve’s been working on a documentary project called Malatya, named after the city in Turkey. It talks about the first Christian martyrs that were tortured and slain in April of 2007. If you attend Austin Stone Community Church, then you probably heard a lot about this, as teams from the church have been sent there and pastors close to the church are there in Turkey. Anyway, its a project about awareness, never-ceasing faith and the sovereignty and faithfulness of a loving God. Its an project that should drop you to your knees in prayer.

Memorial

So I got home, popped the DVD into my laptop. I was curious to see what kind of filmmaking came from one of my most beloved, crazy friends… I was even more curious to see the commentary of Steve and Nolan, the film student that actually filmed it. What I saw moved me more than I had expected, especially at 1am. These were interviews with individuals that had not lost hope or faith because of the tragedy. Instead, they were encouraged and extending grace. And not in the way where we know we are supposed to because we are Christians i.e. “She really hurt my feelings when she stole my boyfriend so I’m going to say I forgive her. Then I’ll look all holy and stuff.. Yeah.” They actually forgave the Turks that were responsible. They are ready and willing to stand up for the Church, which, in Turkey, is a slight fraction of the whole population.

Are we willing to stand up for the Church here in America, where we cannot get thrown in jail or killed for saying we believe in Christ?

Please visit the website as developments occur. They are in the beginning to mid-stages of this project so any support, whether financial or spiritual, would be greatly appreciated! They, nor the Austin Stone Community Church, will be receiving any proceeds or profits- any monetary contributions are going directly into the project.

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