Published on September 1st, 2007
Miriam was sad. Her father had died and she missed him.
A reporter wrote about her father’s funeral. “Throughout most of the ceremony, only the smallest girl, Miriam, broke down in tears,” said the reporter.
Miriam, age 8, lived in Turkey with her parents, her 13-year-old sister Michal Janina, and her 10-year-old brother Lucas. Her father, Tillman, and her mother, Susanne, had come to Turkey from Germany in the 1990s. They hoped to live as followers of Christ among Muslims who did not know Him. (See the photo of the family above.)
Tillman was helping other Christians prepare a new Turkish Bible for Turkish people to read. The children attended school in Turkey. They spoke German, Turkish, and some English.
On Easter in 2007, some young Turkish men came to the worship service that Miriam and her family attended. They pretended to be interested in learning more about Jesus. Later, still pretending, they visited Tillman and two other Christians.