Monday, November 27, 2006

I'm Off to Turkey

In a couple of hours I will begin a 21 hour trip to Istanbul, Turkey. I'll arrive about 2 hours after the Pope is scheduled to be there. This will be my 4th time to Turkey since the fall of 2002.

It should be an interesting week. I am meeting with a variety of leaders both Turkish and people from around the world to talk about leadership development issues. The church in Turkey continues to be under pressure, and harassment of church leaders in many forms is not uncommon. It will be good to get an update of what is happening.

Should also be interesting to be in the country the same time as the Pope. As the protests prior to his arrival have indicated, Turkey doesn't do well with freedom of religion as we define it in the west.

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