Serving our Lord in Istanbul, Turkey for nearly thirty years, missionaries Ron and Maria Perdue have served in conjunction with Operation Mobilization, which works around the world to motivate and equip Christians to share God’s love.
The Perdue's have been involved in church planting, developing a school for missionary children in which they were teachers, training new members of “Turkish Outreach,” and providing earthquake relief in Turkey. During the last 25 years, they continue to minister in an agricultural town on the Asian side of Istanbul. In this village, Ron taught the villagers English while Maria developed a B4T (Business for Transformation) ministry wherein she hires, trains, and empowers women employees in a completely women-run coffee shop and cheesecake production business. Incidentally, Maria often mentors other women who want to learn how to do business.
Local villagers embrace the Perdue's every time the two highlight the reason for their hope, even through life’s difficulties over the years [1 Peter 3:15]. Ron and Maria have contributed to their community for decades, offering employment to women and a place for social development, while using their God-given gifts in many other ways. Having endured earthquakes, house fires, persecution, financial challenges, and health issues, the Perdue's maintain their steadfast faith and love. They epitomize what Jesus’ followers look like and how they minister to him.