Many people visited St. Geoge Church in Buyukada in its feast day on 23rd April
On April 23, the church of Aya Yorgi (Saint George) in Buyukada received many guests like the previous years. As the tradition on the sanctuary says, the visitors climbed the mountain and reached the sanctuary by opening the threads in their hands, by not talking to anyone and making their wishes. When they reached the church in this way, they believed that their wishes would come true.
At the same time, many people were distributing candies and chocolate.
A service group consisting of about 13 stands and almost 200 people were there from morning to evening. Many different churches and prayer groups served people near the church all day.
Bible and brochures have been distributed and the service groups prayed for the visitors who wanted. Many worshipers serving at different stands sung hymns in many different languages including Turkish, English, Korean and Spanish.
The Turkish pop songs sung by the Taco Band attracted the attention of people. The art group also performed a theater play, beginning with the sin of Adam and Eve, and describing the salvation that came with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. After this theater that attracted the attention of many people, people asked questions to the Taco group.
Many of the interviewees told us why they were there that day, how they received responses to the wishes which they made, and how the churches prayed for themselves.
In this special day in which many people came to the Aya Yogi Church, the purpose of Christians was to tell that the salvation would come not by climbing up to the hill in silence; but for the sake of Jesus Christ, who died and risen.
At the end of the day, the service team collected the rubbish around and sang hymns. (DAP)