Our new home


When I (Jill) was a kid, spring fever would set in after a long winter. Just as I would get excited about the warmer weather, my mom always reminded me that “some of the worst storms we ever had were in April.” I should have remembered her warning this year. We had experienced a relatively mild winter with little snowfall and I was looking forward to spring. Until this week. In about 2 days, almost 2 feet of snow fell here in Kyustendil. It is beautiful and we are enjoying the sights of our snow covered city for a few days until it melts and spring really does start…maybe!

Last month, we shared that we were starting new Bulgarian language classes. The classes have been so helpful and we are able to build simple sentences, give and understand basic directions and ask and understand easy questions. Our teacher has been a huge blessing, spending extra time with us when we struggle.
She invited us to share about our work in Bulgaria with many students of the school in February. It was encouraging to speak with others who are shocked and saddened by the realities of human trafficking here. After giving a brief presentation, many professionals from around the world wanted to talk to us about how they could contribute their own skills and ideas to the cause. Praise God! We never imagined Him opening doors like this. Please pray as we continue to grow these relationships and especially for our teacher, Ellie. Thank you for your prayers for our move. Aside from our move to Bulgaria, it was the longest distance move we’ve made together. Everything went smoothly!

Our new roles have given us such confidence in God’s calling to Bulgaria. We enjoy the opportunities we have to serve here in ways that align so much with our giftings. We will be hosting mission teams that come to serve in Bulgaria in our upper apartment which we have affectionately named “The Sweet’s Suites.” We came across this scripture this week that gave us great joy. 1 Peter 4:9 (NIV) “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” We consider it a great privilege to be administrators of God’s grace, because He has lavishly given it to us.
Continue to pray for our adjustment to new roles and our new home. Also pray for the ladies involved in our new sewing project and that the products they are making would sell well.

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