>>Murat: There’s a saying where I’m from that
one healthy family can influence twelve others. This saying has been motivation for me since
the first day I arrived in this village. Growing up, I had never seen a village with
my own eyes. So when God moved my family out of the city
into this village, I felt like a foreigner in a foreign land. When I arrived, I asked myself, how do people live and what do they do for a living? Most of the people are shepherds or farmers. I started to make a living, I’ve learned how
to raise a sheep. I choose to buy the skinny, weak sheep. The ones nobody wants. I take them home, heal them and make them strong. Being a shepherd has given me better understanding of man and of God. I’ve seen that sheep are truly social creatures. Every sheep needs a herd. People are the same. They need to be surrounded by a strong community. My sheep are dependent on me for constant water and food. Just as I am dependent on God to provide for all my needs. What is a sheep without a shepherd? It’s lost. In my village, there are many problems. Families in my community struggle with alcohol addiction, domestic abuse and broken homes. These are problems that can’t be solved by themselves, they can only be solved with God’s help. I believe that my simple task as someone’s neighbor is to lead them to something that can help
them with their problems. Here it is not popular to go to church. In my church, men have lost their teeth
because of their faith. My biggest fear is that one day I will lose heart and give up. But I pray that God will give me perseverance and opportunities with my neighbors. The other day, my neighbor came to me needing help to heal his sheep. I was able to share with him Psalm 23 stating that God is our shepherd, we are his sheep. He looks after us and we can trust him. Today a neighbor brought us a watermelon.
I was reminded how God provides. Though I once felt like a foreigner here, now I feel like a neighbor among neighbors. I can say that with God’s help, I’m now a villager.