So, to give you an update on where I have been, I moved to Northern Cyprus in September to assist some friends in a church plant.
For those of you that don't know the background of this country, Cyprus is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea surrounded by Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. The island of Cyprus is divided into two different countries, but the rest of the world only acknowledges it as one (except for Turkey). In the 1970's Cyprus split at the capitol, the south became Greek Cypriot and the North became Turkish Cypriot. The south of the island (Greek Cypriot) is part of the European Union and Greek speaking. While the north is completely separate, Turkish speaking and only trades with Turkey.
The southern half of the island is influenced by the Greek Orthodox church while the northern half is Muslim influenced. I can not speak for the south, but up here in the north seems to be completely dead of all religion. Most people here I would say are culturally Muslim, they practice holidays and rituals without visits to the Mosques and do not keep the pillars of Islam. You will be out at the market and see Muslim families with the woman dressed in the typical hijab and conservative clothing, but when the call to prayer begins nobody joins in and prays. It seems quite odd, but you can see and feel the need for truth and love here!
I love that I have the opportunity to come along side my friends, Jonathan and Katie, and be able to serve with them as we share the love and grace of Jesus with the locals here in Cyprus. I would appreciate it if you could keep us in your prayers! If you would like more information on Cyprus or what we are doing feel free to comment or email me through our email, Tasteneapolitan@gmail.com.
PS: Here are some photos of this gorgeous island I get to call home!