I visit Antalya Turkey every year with my family. During one stay last year I was searching the city for a Catholic Church. I came upon a cafe called “Paul’s Place” www.stpaulcc-turkey.com which happened to be a protestant run cafe that was started by an American protestant minister and a local turkish christian community. Talking to a worker there I asked if there were any Catholic churches around. He then brought me to see Msgr. Korten a Priest from Germany recently stationed in Antalya only 5 months earlier.
This was ,I believe, divine intervention. I was looking for a way to start the evangelization of Turkey and I think Msgr. Korten was the answer. Although he is there for the German population (20,000) I think he will play a role in bringing Christ to the Turkish people. Standing there with him I could not help but think how St Paul and St Barnabas must have felt there almost 2000 years earlier.
After returning to the USA I recieved in the mail a newsletter from renewal ministries (seen on EWTN) about the evangelization of turkey renewalministries.net/pdfs/July04-1.pdf
To anyone who is interested in the evangelization of Turkey and who would like to help please post here.