Turkey is in two continents, with 3% in Europe and 97% in Asia.  Its strategic position of being located on the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea has made it of prime importance throughout history.  The Turkish Ottoman Empire once stretched across North Africa, Western Asia and Southeast Europe, but WW I led to its demise and fragmentation and also the birth of modern Turkey. Turkish society is split – it is secular yet Muslim. For over one thousand years, Turkey was a bastion of Christendom.  Mt. Ararat, the place where Noah’s ark landed, is located in Turkey, but is closed off from most of the world.  Much of the activity of the New Testament apostles was located in Turkey.  […]
North Korea is probably the most isolated economy in the world.  They believe in an ideology called Juche, which means self-reliant.  The border between North and South Korea is one of the most impenetrable in the world.  There is a huge black market, chronic food shortages and widespread malnutrition.  It is evidence that we weren’t meant to live in isolation. World War II and the years following it changed many things in our world.  Korea was occupied by Japan from around the first world war until 1945.  Upon Russia’s insistence after WWII, Korea was partitioned into a communist regime, and a civil war soon followed between the north and the south. Hundreds of thousands of Christians from the pre-war days […]
Egypt is mostly desert.  Only 3% is arable land.  92% of the people are Arab-speaking Egyptians, some who claim to be descendants of the ancient Coptic-speaking people of biblical times.  The church there has endured nearly 2000 years of discrimination and persecution, yet the last 20 years has seen an increase.  It’s hard to forget the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded on the beach in Egypt a few years ago for refusing to deny Jesus. Coptic Christians follow the Greek Orthodox Church and are the largest ethno-religious minority in Egypt, making up about 10% of the mostly Muslim population.  They are probably more closely related to the original Egyptian civilization than the Muslims.  The Apostle Mark first brought Christianity […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.