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May 18, 2007

Updated Information on Turkish Martyrs

Over the last few weeks I've posted quite a bit about the final hours of the Turkish martyrs. Father Jonathan Morris recently visited Turkey and has published two columns at Fox News, here and here, that relate to the recent deaths.

Meanwhile, I have updated information on where to send your gifts of support. Here it is:

Martyrs’ Fund, Information for US supporters:

Grace Reformed Church in Omaha, Nebraska, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, has agreed to represent Martin Bucer Seminary: European School of Theology and Research Institutes, in collecting gifts to support the survivors of the recent tragedy in Malatya, Turkey. Priority will be given to meeting the needs of the widow and children of our student, Necati Aydin, who was one of the martyrs. As needed and possible, funds will also be used to assist the other survivors, though it appears initially that the needs of the others may be less. Our Dean of International Programs, Titus Vogt, will assess the situation to keep supporters informed of the extent of the financial need. Grace Reformed Church will collect the gifts in the US and forward the funds to the Martyrs in Malatya fund of Martin Bucer Seminary in Germany or Turkey. According to a recent report of an accountant for Grace Reformed Church, the US IRS does not currently require receipts for charitable gifts below $600; to reduce paper work for the church, receipts will only be issued for gifts of $600 or above.

US checks should be written to “Grace Reformed Church” with a note mentioning the “Martyrs’ Fund” and sent to:

Grace Reformed Church
c/o Mary Nilson
4614 N. 79th St.
Omaha, NE 68134-3328

Communication between Grace Reformed Church and Martin Bucer Seminary will be facilitated by Thomas K. Johnson, Ph.D., who is an MBS professor, a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America, and has a long association with both organizations. Email: Johnson.thomas.k@gmail.com or Thomas.johnson@bucer.de

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