Here are a few thoughts to consider:
We are in Izmir, which has a beautiful coastline and is very close to Smyrna. A hundred years ago, 80% of the people were Christian. Why should it be so difficult for them to believe in Jesus now? Well, it seems that the ruler a hundred years ago, Attaturk, sent all the Christians away to Greece and other places, and traded them for Muslims. There was a massive move of people after the first World War. Of course, there's more to it, but we are walking on true Holy Ground, only the people here don't know it. It seems surreal on many levels, and I am still trying to wrap my brain around all of it. I can picture Paul traveling through here and being stuck by its beauty. We certainly are. Anyway, just something for you to look up when you have time - - Attaturk, Turkey ruler, Christian exchange. ??? Hopefully, we will have an update in a few days. All here are doing well, and in His hands.