My Friend from Istanbul becomes a Christian!

by Steve Ray on February 1, 2015

Okan and I have worked together for 15 years with filming projects, pilgrimages and more in Turkey. He was born and raised in Turkey which is 99.9% Muslim. 

Over the years I kept telling Okan, “Some day you will be a Christian.” In November 2014 while in Turkey on our St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise, Okan came to visit us and asked for Bishop Conley of Lincoln NE to bless him.

When the bishop’s hand was laid on Okan’s head he began to cry and felt heat rush through his body. He said it was the most important thing that ever happened to him.

He called me a few weeks later and said, “You were right Steve, I have decided to become a Christian. I want to join the Catholic Church. I know there will be a big price to pay, but I am ready to pay the price.”

He came to our house last week and we had him enrolled in the Rite of Acceptance. He was so excited. He goes back to Istanbul with a suitcase full of books, crosses, a Bible and other gifts.

Here is a video of his interview that day with Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio.

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Karen February 1, 2015 at 11:31 AM

This is a wonderful testimony and I thank you for sharing. It is amazing how God works in His timing. May Okan be blessed and be a witness to others through his witness and sharing his story.
God bless you and your work Steve!
In Him, Karen, Canada

natalia dotro February 1, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Happy to hear of Okan’s conversion.Will keep him in my prayers. Thank you , Steve , for sharing his story.

Jim olszewski February 1, 2015 at 4:12 PM

That is so wonderful. Please pass on our congrats! Cheryl and I think of him and his family often, and include them all in our prayers. I remember the conversations that I had with him, and I am so happy for him and his family. Please let him know he has lots of friends he may not see often that are praying for him!

Shannon McGinley February 2, 2015 at 7:27 AM

This was so wonderful to hear. I remember you telling us about him while we were in Istanbul and seeing him around! Gloria!!!

Pam Anderson February 2, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Thoroughly enjoyed the interview. Wonderful story! God Bless Okan and his family.

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