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Baptists to tour biblical sites in Turkey

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Baptists to tour biblical sites in TurkeyThe theater in Ephesus, where the scene in Acts 19:28-41, may have taken place

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) continues its preparation for the 2014 Annual Gathering in Izmir, Turkey, from July 6-12.

BWA Annual Gathering, normally held in July, brings together denominational leaders, pastors, theologians, seminary presidents, professors and interested Baptists from around the world for worship, fellowship, study and for decision meetings.

The 2014 meetings will be held in western Turkey, a region of significance to early Christianity, referred to in the New Testament as Asia or Asia Minor. Izmir is biblical Smyrna, one of seven churches to which the book of Revelation was addressed.

The Annual Gathering will include tours to the ruins of Ephesus as well as stories of Christian witness and history in Turkey, a country with a long, ancient and rich heritage.

After the gathering ends, participants will have opportunity to visit a number of other biblical sites. There will be options to undertake a 3-day, 6-day or 7-day tour organized by Dehoney Travel.

Registration and other information for the Annual Gathering are available at

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© January 17, 2014

The Baptist World Alliance, founded in 1905, is a fellowship of 253 conventions and unions in 130 countries and territories comprising 51 million baptized believers in 176,000 churches. For more than 100 years, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the Baptist family to impact the world for Christ with a commitment to strengthen worship, fellowship and unity; lead in mission and evangelism; respond to people in need through aid, relief, and community development; defend religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and advance theological reflection and leadership development.