The parable of the prodigal son came to have new meaning for me after I preached on the passage in a small Christian church in Turkey. I am an American ministering to a small Turkish congregation made up mostly of believers and seekers from a Muslim background.
Ours is one of many relatively new fellowships in this country that embrace the Christian faith and express it in genuinely Turkish ways. Since more than 99 percent of the population of Turkey is Muslim, living a life devoted to following Jesus in this place offers unique challenges. There is also unique privilege, however, in seeing the gospel lived out in this context and in experiencing the Good News through the lives of my Turkish brothers and sisters.