New Christian TV program reaches Turkish youth

14 OKTOBER 2011
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A large part of the population in Turkey is younger than 30 and the number of Christians among this group is increasing. Young people struggle with questions like ‘How can we translate the message of the Bible to our daily lives?’ To reach this target group, a Turkish partner of 3xM has recently started with the TV program 40 foxes in my head. On October 12th the first broadcast took place.

A large part of the population in Turkey is younger than 30 and the number of Christians among this group is increasing. Young people struggle with questions like ‘How can we translate the message of the Bible to our daily lives?’ and ‘Isn’t the Bible something particularly for children or old people? What does it have to say to me?’, To reach this target group, a Turkish partner of 3xM has recently started with the TV program 40 foxes in my head. On October 12th the first broadcast took place. This is the first Christian program which especially aims at young people.

Taboo

The title of the program refers to the many questions which may run around like foxes in the heads of young people. Martien Timmer, international director of 3xM, explains: “In the Turkish culture it is not a matter of course that young people can talk about existential questions with for example their parents or their pastor. Due to this they often struggle with questions without knowing who they talk to about this. The new TV program offers young people the chance to break out of this isolation. The questions which occupy their minds are now mentioned and can be discussed regardless of the taboo.”

Existential questions

A pastor or Christian leader is the guest in each talk show. Besides this there are three young people in the studio who are allowed to ask this guest all kinds of (existential) questions. All of these young people have a different Christian background. There are young people with a Protestant background, an Armenian-orthodox believer and a Syrian-orthodox believer. The topics which are discussed vary from friendship, living like a Christian in Turkey to Christianity and science.

Minority

Although the number of Christians is increasing in Turkey, Christians are still rather a minority. As far as is known there are only 3,000 Protestants in Turkey. Among this group are remarkably many singles, because it is difficult to find a partner who shares the Christian faith. For that reason the program also wants to offer encouragement to young people who may sometimes feel lonesome because of their faith. The program also wants to show that the God of the Bible is for everyone, how old or young they may be.

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"“In the Turkish culture it is not a matter of course that young people can talk about existential questions with for example their parents or their pastor. Due to this they often struggle with questions without knowing who they talk to about this. The new TV program offers young people the chance to break out of this isolation. The questions which occupy their minds are now mentioned and can be discussed regardless of the taboo.”" Martien Timmer, International director of 3xM
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Over 3xM

3xM bereikt mensen met het evangelie in landen waar het niet of nauwelijks doordringt, door middel van televisieprogramma’s die aansluiten bij lokale taal en cultuur.

3xM zendt in 15 landen totaal meer dan 300 programma’s per jaar uit. 3xM helpt met training, aanschaf van apparatuur, draagt bij in de exploitatiekosten en geeft advies. 3xM heeft een ANBI-erkenning, het CBF-keur voor goede doelen en is lid van de EZA en de EA.

 

 

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