It is always the same dream, no matter who has it:
The face of a man appears in the dream. It is a man whose name they do not know, whose face they do not recognize. It is a gentle, kind face, surrounded by a bright, white aura – clearly supernatural.
Soon after having this dream, the non-believer, by an apparent “coincidence” (but really by God’s timing), meets a Christian; the Christian, when told of the dream, informs him that the man who appeared in the dream is Jesus.
“Anna” (not her real name) is a highly intellectual university graduate, born and raised a Muslim. (Like many young Turkish intellectuals, she was a Muslim only by culture and tradition.)
Anna became curious about Christianity. After two years of attending church, where she was exposed to the Gospel, Anna wanted to know God.
She turned to the Lord’s Prayer, which had been mentioned often in the church.
As she prayed and meditated, Anna felt a powerful yet gentle presence.
“What is it you want?”
“I want to know you, God,” she replied.
Suddenly a gust of wind swept over her face. A man appeared before her, and she knew it was Jesus.
His face was so bright she could only look down; when she did so, she saw the nail prints in His hands and feet. He reached out His hand, touching her, and she went down under the power of the Holy Spirit!
She awoke sometime later and immediately went to church, where she made a public declaration of her faith in Christ. When Frank spoke to her, it was clear by her expression and tone that something sovereign had happened to her.
“She was glowing,” Frank recalled.
Dreams and visions, like Anna and others are having in Turkey, are occurring more and more frequently all over the world – especially in places of hostility to the Gospel.
Frank is convinced that “God wants Turkey for His very own – very much.”
The strategically located country was the scene for the first major missionary endeavors of the Church. Now, 2000 years later, it can be a busy stepping-off place into the vast Muslim world.
There are Turkish-speaking people in northern Iraq and Iran, Afghanistan, and the southern republics of the former Soviet Empire. Turkish-speaking people in Romania and Bulgaria are also coming to Christ in large numbers.
There are people who are linguistically related to the Turks all the way across Asia into Mongolia.
“Turkey,” Frank believes, “represents the single greatest opportunity in a Muslim country for Christianity to take root and change the face of a nation, and thereby of surrounding Muslim nations as well.
“We need to make an investment in leadership,” he continues. “We need to train the leaders. We can’t always be there to answer all the questions people have; but if we teach the leaders – and provide them with materials that will enable them to teach others – they will be the ones who will bring in and conserve the Harvest.”
The Time Is Now
And that is what World MAP has been doing for four decades: Training Third-World church leaders who can, in turn, teach and train others.