Our team in Northern Cyprus run a ministry training program which is designed to equip men and women for ministry in the Muslim World. Students live together in an intense community environment for three months where our goal is to help them grow in knowledge, experience, and character. We have been training people from diverse backgrounds and helping them get connected to ministry opportunities around the world.
We also run a company that roasts specialty coffee for the good of Cyprus. Our cafe hosts three different church congregations on Sundays and has become a hub for serving our local community. The cafe also functions as an art gallery with an exhibit that rotates every six to eight weeks, featuring local painters and photographers.
All of our team members also serve in a local church with English-speaking, Turkish-speaking and Russian-speaking congregations. And we are actively looking for ways to live out the kind of love and reconciliation that the divided island of Cyprus desperately needs. All our ministries are looking for people to help. If you are interested in serving with us or would like to find out more, please let us know.
Our Turkey team has two major aims: church planting and ministry training. It is the desire of the team to see new fellowships emerge in cities where there is currently no church. The team has sent families to cities around Turkey to assist nationals in local church planting. Our team also maintains active and supportive relationships with local believers in areas where there are no churches. We are praying for the Lord to provide workers that we can send to partner with local believers in planting fellowships in these unreached regions.
World Horizons is committed to leading and supporting the work of a ministry training program which runs in cities in Turkey as well as in two Central Asian countries. Every year, new groups of local believers gather to live in a prayer-based community setting and receive applied training for ministry. In the afternoons the trainees give assistance to compassion projects, such as serving refugees or the homeless. Equipping participants to discover their part in mission, the training builds towards cross-cultural ministry placements in other cities and countries. The vision is to see local believers equipped to share the gospel and lead ministry in their own countries as well as in other nations.
We also provide a distance learning-based ministry training program. Using live online classes, seminars and study of a wide variety of books on ministry and faith, this program helps equip Turkish national believers in theological knowledge, practical ministry skills and character formation so they can serve by the power of the Spirit in their own contexts. In our most recent year the program served thirty participants in ten different provinces, and we are expecting greater involvement this year.
Members of our team also lead Arabic language discipleship ministry in Ankara and three nearby provinces. This work includes aid distribution to some of Ankara’s nearly 100,000 refugees, as well as Bible study, worship, prayer and discipleship in Arabic.
Finally, we are currently involved in ministry outreach in the form of an arts and culture center in our local city center. We host gallery shows, workshops, music events and more, all in cooperation with local believers. All our ministries are looking for people to help. If you are interested in serving with us or would like to find out more, please let us know.
Join Our Teams in Asia Minor
There are short-term opportunities for you to serve alongside our teams in both Northern Cyprus and Türkiye (Turkey). The program offered in these countries includes language learning, community living, supporting the local church, befriending ministry training students, and participating in regular team ministries while using your individual skills to help with various projects.
Our teams in Northern Cyprus and Türkiye (Turkey) also receive those that want to join their team on a long-term placement. Prior to going to the field, new team members must complete one of our long-term training programs. Once on the field, they generally spend their first two years focused on language learning while engaging in ministries established by the long-term team. Whichever country new members join, they will focus from the beginning on encouraging local Christians and getting to know non-Christians through the team’s ministries.
If you’re interested in learning more about our teams in Northern Cyprus and Türkiye (Turkey), please complete the contact form below.