Yuksel was born into a Muslim family in a middle eastern country and raised to be a strong Muslim boy. He did not find peace and joy in Islam. After many trials as a young man, a Korean missionary gave him a New Testament and he began reading it, which led to his Christian conversion. After healing from an illness at this time, Yuksel knew that he could not keep this wonderful news of salvation inside. God put a strong call on his heart to share the Good News with everyone he knew (Muslims) around him. He later became an elder, preacher, and evangelist of a church in his native country. Since those early days, Yuksel has been to many parts of the world, evangelizing, starting churches, and discipling converts, focusing on those with a muslim background. He attended a Bible college for 3 years in his native country. Yuksel and his wife Dijle moved to the United States in 2009. From 2012-2018 they lived in Houston Texas where they had a ministry to refugees and Muslims. In August 2018 they moved to Colorado and began serving an ongoing ministry of evangelism to refugees in Eastern European countries, visiting 2-4 times a year to train Muslim back ground leaders and to do street evangelism. There are hundreds of thousands of Muslims in these countries. Yuksel and his wife are also serving locally in Colorado to reach the International Students and Muslims in the area. Other aspects of their ministry include annual training/fellowship camps, providing materials (Bibles etc.) and being available to the Muslim back ground leaders for training and counseling. Yuksel and Dijle were married in 2001 and have two children, a boy and a girl.
Greetings in the name of Jesus.
Dear friends/partners, hope all is well with you. We are good and getting ready for the new school year. Sammy is going in to 6th grade this year and he is really excited. Kayra is starting community college near where we live and she is also learning to drive.
Cubs to Lions conference was challenging in different ways but God really showed himself and turned the challenges in to blessings. I, (Dijle) was able to teach and serve the whole week and God really encouraged me in different ways. I was able to see my weaknesses and strengths in teaching to Muslims. I was also very encouraged and humbled how God used me for these wonderful people. I felt the hand of God in my life and realized ministry to Muslims can only be done with His love and Grace. We had 10 new converts and including our daughter Kayra, 3 Muslim girls had a great experience knowing God in a deeper level. I was encouraged to study and prepare more in deeper level teaching of the word of God especially to Muslims. Unfortunately, there aren't very many Christian from Muslim back ground, women teachers.
First, The World Ministries Conference also faced a lot of challenges. Some of you may not know that we are taking the gospel to one of the largest language groups in the world. Out of the 82-85 million people there are only 5-8 thousand believers. Gathering these believers for a conference was a first step to change this fact.
Yuksel and I have been calling people, encouraging them to come but many that said they would join changed their minds. We had a small group of 23, and 9 of this number were children. We did not have enough money to rent a place, help people that can't afford to come, or even feed everyone for 4 days. Worry tried to take over before the conference but Yuksel and I believed God was encouraging us to, no matter what, take a step of faith and make this conference happen. Thank God for opening doors and allowing the guests to stay at the dormitory, and we had plenty of food and wonderful teaching, prayer time, and fellowship the whole conference. Being a small group allowed us to spend quality time and pray for each other. We also spent time planning for how we can do ministry together to reach more of these people. We decided to start a house church in their states and ask God to multiply these believers. The outcome with no money and a small number was better than we expected. God takes a seed and grows it. That’s exactly how it happened.
-A very successful and spirit lifting first conference.
-Cubs to Lions conference and 10 new believers from Muslim Background.
-New believers wanting to serve the Lord and house churches starting in 3 states.
-We had wonderful friends visit us from overseas, Washington and Houston. Thank God for family in Christ.
-In the month of August our prayer was to meet more Muslims near us. God sent us about 10 people and many Muslims; some are students, some are working here. Most of them are here for short term. Praise God for answering prayers.
- Yuksel is leaving to eastern Europe in September. We are still looking for tickets but approximately we need $3000.
- Kayra is starting community college this fall, please pray for her government financial aid to be accepted and for her to find a job and be able to get a car to drive to school.
- Sammy is starting 6th grade. He is anxious and excited. Please pray for a great school year and teachers that are believers or at least not anti-Christian.
- I am going to overseas in October for ministry and a conference, Please Pray for God to Provide the funds that are needed.
- Please pray we are able to shine the light of Jesus for the lost people.
- Please pray for Celine (believer) she has a brain tumor and needs surgery soon. They need $60000 for the surgery.
As we serve and grow in the Lord, we learn how little we know and how much we need to grow in knowing and loving Him. May HE lead us all in HIs love and truth. May HE pour out His Grace over us as we learn to walk the path of faith and shine His light.
2 Corinthians 12:9
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Yuksel and Dijle Kurada