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  1. International Day of Prayer for Turkey - TODAY

    International Day of Prayer for Turkey – TODAY

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    As we prepare to learn more about Turkey tonight at Secret Church 14, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” make sure you consult the Hope for Turkey website in the meantime. On it, you can find information about the Kurds, the Turks, the Zaza, and all sorts of cultural/historical facts about Turkey. The hope in all this is to inform your prayers today as well as throughout the month of May, which we are encouraging people to dedicate to focused prayer for the Peoples of Turkey. CLICK HERE to learn how you can pray.

  2. Mandatory Simulcast Test

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    Mandatory Simulcast Test

    Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    Please make plans to participate in our mandatory test on April 17 (from 3-9pm Central). Try to carve out between 45 minutes and an hour sometime during our six hour window to make sure you’re good to go for the simulcast on Good Friday . If you can stream video for at least 45 minutes, you should be fine for the simulcast on the 18th. This test is your chance to make sure you know how to login, work through any potential connectivity issues, try out your home or church setup, and ask us any questions you might have. We’ll have (Continue reading…)

  3. Persecution Explained [audio interview]

    Persecution Explained [audio interview]

    Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Callie

    What is persecution?  Why should we care?  How does this affect our lives here and the lives of our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world? As we anticipate Secret Church 14 this week, hear how we think about persecution here and begin to explore how this matters as faithful followers of Christ.  Below is an interview with Jonathan B., Pastor of Global Disciple-Making at The Church at Brook Hills, on the topic of persecution. As we learn more about what persecution truly is … may it drive us to faithfully pray for our brothers and sisters who (Continue reading…)

  4. The Zaza

    The Zaza

    Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing a wide range of information about the  Secret Church 14  prayer focus, the Peoples of Turkey. The following blog post can be read in its entirety at the prayer focus website,  HopeForTurkey.com . One of the largest Unreached Unengaged People Groups left in Turkey is the Zaza people. There are close to 3 million Zaza living in Turkey.  The Zaza are related to the Kurds, but a distinct Persian/Mede people group.  They are split into two categories, The Northern Zaza and the Southern Zaza. The Southern Zaza of Turkey have a population (Continue reading…)

  5. 10 Insider Tips for Simulcast Hosts

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    10 Insider Tips for Simulcast Hosts

    Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    Good Friday is nearly upon us, and in preparation for Secret Church this Friday evening, we thought we’d offer up some insider tips for those of you hosting a simulcast. In no particular order… Schedule:  We’ve got an updated (albeit, flexible) itinerary for the night to give you idea of what’s ahead. Be sure to log into your account up to an hour early to ensure everything is connected and working well. And make the most of the breaks by grabbing snacks, refilling your coffee cup, and using the restroom; they are long enough to accommodate (Continue reading…)

  6. On the Outside

    On the Outside

    Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

     In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing a wide range of information about the  Secret Church 14  prayer focus, the Peoples of Turkey. The following blog post can be read in its entirety at the prayer focus website,  HopeForTurkey.com . Imagine your father has just passed away. Imagine that as the oldest son or daughter in the family your responsibility is not only to make arrangements for the funeral, but also to help lead prayers in the service at the church and graveside.  Most of us might find that difficult, but if pressed we could do it. Now imagine (Continue reading…)

  7. Sacrifice = Good Works

    Sacrifice = Good Works

    Posted on April 14th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

     In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing a wide range of information about the  Secret Church 14  prayer focus, the Peoples of Turkey. The following blog post can be read in its entirety at the prayer focus website,  HopeForTurkey.com . As I stood in the local grocery store parking lot, a great sadness covered my soul.  Blood, animal excrement, body parts, and busy people surrounded me as I stood there praying.  Some men, women, and children carried their freshly sacrificed meat to their vehicles.  Others posed for family photos with the sheep they were about to have sacrificed for (Continue reading…)

  8. Pray Through May with the Hope for Turkey Prayer Guide

    Pray Through May with the Hope for Turkey Prayer Guide

    Posted on April 11th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

      If you haven’t found it already, make sure take a look at the extremely helpful 31-day prayer guide for the Turks and Kurds. As you know, the Peoples of Turkey are our prayer focus for Secret Church 14 , and as a part of us praying for them, we’re encouraging everyone to join us in prayer for them during the month of May. This prayer guide was created to that end, and we hope it will serve your church and/or small group well as a tool to thrust you into informed, specific prayer for these people. You can access the prayer guide by (Continue reading…)

  9. Ann Voskamp & Sophie Hudson on The Cross and Everyday Life: Part 2

    Ann Voskamp and Sophie Hudson recently sat down with Pastor David and his wife, Heather, to talk about a number of topics surrounding this year’s Secret Church topic, “ The Cross and Everyday Life .”  Ann is the author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are and she blogs at “ A Holy Experience .” Sophie is the author of A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon and she blogs over at “ BooMama .” Ann and Sophie each bring a unique perspective to this discussion in their respective roles as wife, mother, author, and blogger. Yesterday we posted our interview with Ann about Secret Church and how the gospel impacts everyday life. Today we put Sophie on the hot-seat. Sophie (Continue reading…)

  10. Ann Voskamp & Sophie Hudson on The Cross and Everyday Life: Part 1 of 2

    Ann Voskamp and Sophie Hudson recently sat down with Pastor David and his wife, Heather, to talk about a number of topics surrounding this year’s Secret Church topic, “ The Cross and Everyday Life .”  Ann is the author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are and she blogs at “ A Holy Experience .” Sophie is the author of A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon and she blogs over at “ BooMama .” Ann and Sophie each bring a unique perspective to this discussion in their respective roles as wife, mother, author, and blogger. We decided to post their answers in two parts – Ann’s post is below and Sophie’s will appear tomorrow. In this (Continue reading…)