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Former Attacker Turned Movie Producer Releases Warner Brothers Movie

by Staff
November 13, 2009
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MEDIA ADVISORY, ( -- Based on a true story involving the ASLAN team - former attacker turned movie producer - tells of "God's Message of Love" to Turkish people.

Pastor Ian Heringa, the Founder/Director of ASLAN International Ministries Turkey, has pioneered Turkish New Testament Distribution for 22 years, together with a team of local Turkish believers. With over half a million Turkish New Testaments distributed, he has been arrested and harassed by police and military over 55 times.

Below, Ian Heringa tells of the actual events depicted in the film:

"The attackers, with one sharp kick, sent the New Testament table and all the Turkish New Testaments flying. Our team of 20 people began to pray. In the volatile situation, the group of men began to shove me around."

"With God's compassion in my heart, in the face of all the hostility - I raised my voice over the angry shouts of the mob. I said, 'We love you. The New Testament that we are distributing is God's Message of Love to you.'"

The mob was disbursed by the police. That evening, the attack on the ASLAN team was on the TV news all over Turkey.

Afterwards, the ASLAN International team gathered around Pastor Ian's blood on the street, and prayed, "Lord, bring the Turkish people to Yourself through Your Message of Love."

"God's Message of Love to you." Those words would keep burning in the main attacker's heart. He told how he couldn't sleep, couldn't forget.

Two years later, a film crew arrived on the scene - the exact spot where Ian's blood was on the street and where the team prayed. The crew set up their equipment to film scenes of the Warner Brother movie. Actors poured out of vans, and began to take their places, as they reenact the main scene of the movie - the night of the attack on Pastor Ian Heringa and the ASLAN International Team.

Girdap - the Movie is a widely acclaimed Turkish movie released by Warner Brothers. The movie's producer is the same man who previously led a mob against the ASLAN International Ministries team, kicking over the bookstand as they distributed Turkish New Testaments on Christmas Eve.

The movie is based on a true story - the producer's own story. The words of God's Message of Love has prevailed!

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