TwinNING with tura'an baptist
In June 2016, we entered into a twinning relationship with Tura'an Baptist Church near Nazareth in Israel. Facilitated by Baptist Twinning in Israel, a UK-based charity, our minister Andrew has visited the church and minister Ziad Farraj on several occasions both with the charity and as a smaller group from WRBC. Our last visit was in April 2019 when we were able to join Ziad for worship in Tura'an and present him with tickets for their visit here in July.
The pastor in Tura'an is Ziad Farraj who leads their main worship service each Saturday evening and prayer meeting on Wednesdays. Tura'an Baptist also has a Youth meeting on Fridays evenings with a discipleship program once a fortnight for the older youth. There are two women's meetings for different age groups, a children’s ministry and an annual camp in the summer - last year, their Holiday Club actually ran in the same week as ours!
Words from Ziad:
”This is a great news to hear about WRBC Hitchin wanting to build a twinning relationship with us in Tura'an. This is an answer that we prayed for for many years and we had the faith that God will do it in the right time.”
Working together until now, Ziad and Saleem (the former church leader) and their wives have been leading the church, to be a loving church towards God and to his people, and to be ready to announce the Good News for the people around them in Turaan, both Christians and Muslims.
Please Pray For:
● Tura'an as to how we can be here as a church, not inward focused but also outward focused, so we can be the
salt and light in Turaan and Galilee too, so we can lead the people to Christ.
● Our church budget and tithing is limited and doesn’t cover even a part time pastor’s salary. Please pray that God
would provide so that Ziad can work less in a full time job and instead work as pastor to the church.
● In the last two years, we have invested a lot of money for the fixing of our old building which still needs fixing. The
budget for this project is about £40,000. We only have a small part of that amount.
● In our vision, the church building in the picture is going to be a key place for the strength of the ministry of the
church, not only can it be used for the church services but also will be used for hosting guests and missionaries
to help with the ministry. Guests can be taught about Christian Eastern orientation and we also believe it's going to be a prayer centre. The number is big but we believe that God can provide the need through different ways.
To discover more about Tura'an Baptist, the ministers and their family, and the local area, download the PDF below!