“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (Jn 13:34, 35)

The last time we came to Istanbul, we met a wonderful young man. He was an engineering student here in Istanbul but working part time as a receptionist at the hotel where we stayed. He went out of his way to make us happy. He upgraded our room without us asking for such a favor. When leaving, we gave him a gift of money. He was so surprised and asked us why. We said that he can be our son in the university. That he can use the money freely and happily. His name is Aslan.
We prayed that he may see the love of Jesus in our gift.

Yesterday we came at the same hotel. The new receptionist is his friend. He said that Aslan told him that any time we come he should inform him. Later in the day, whole we went out, Aslan came all the way from the university campus and he dropped a box of Turkish sweets and a ‘thank you’ note inside.
This is what the note said (I did not edit his English so that the sweet fragrance of it may come to you):

I was working here when you came this hotel first time. I quit this job but I talked about you to the new receptionist who is my friend. And he said to me you came again. You gave me a gift when you are leaving. Cause I am a student. It affects me so much and I want to thank you with this Turkish delight (I am sure they are not as sweet as much as you :)) Because you showed me being a good people independent of religion, race and nationality…Hope see you again, Mr and Mrs Leigh (two beautiful hearts)

May God bless Aslan with the blessings and the saving revelation of Jesus Christ!
In Jesus name

The journey continues…

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