The next family for the Daniel Project arrived in Turkey to begin their work as church planters. This time the new arrival is from Brazil. They will begin their Turkish language acquisition and will connect with a team to start a new church. The Brazilian family joins the three Albanians who already have been working in Turkey for over a year and a half.
The concept of the Daniel Project is to enable near neighbors or near culture believers to do church planting in places like Turkey and Iraq. The Daniel Project is named because like the prophet Daniel, well-trained foreigners enter the lands of the Medes and Persians with the result that as they interact with the people there, the people praise the God of Daniel. The Daniel Project’s disctinctives include:
- Sending workers with less cultural distance in order to enable better communication.
- Lower expenses than North Americans, often only 20-50% of the cost.
- Contributes to a movement of developing cross-cultural workers and sending structures from countries like Albania.
You may wonder how a Brazilian family can be considered “near-culture” to the people of Turkey. I don’t have an explanation why it is true, just that it is true. Brazilians often do very well in Turkey. Somehow Brazilians adjust to Turkish culture much more quickly than North American’s.