A busy ministry season has begun…
One of the biggest reasons we moved to Kyustendil was to help with the ongoing ministry here and in the church plants nearby. The past several weeks have been very busy – we have hosted three mission teams, visiting churches around Bulgaria with them, attended pastors’ training in Macedonia, finished our first Bulgarian language course and attended a conference on Trauma Care.
Our first language class finished but our study of the Bulgarian language is far from over! We will continue studying on our own and with our instructor via Skype for the summer and start regular classes again in the fall. One of our church plants in Sofia has been requesting that we start an English language class and we are thrilled that our Bulgarian teacher in Sofia has agreed to go with us as a translator. Please pray with us as we make plans to start the group.
Last week, we attended a conference on Trauma Care. We learned from amazing experts from around the world about how to care for people who have been victims of trauma. We know that what we learned will be a benefit to the individuals we encounter everyday in our ministry. We are grateful for all the information we received and also for all the new contacts of other people and groups working to fight human trafficking in Bulgaria. The problem can be so overwhelming and seem hopeless, but we know what a great God we serve. We are energized and encouraged to see His kingdom rising up around the world to proclaim freedom for those in captivity. Over and over, we are reminded that we were called to Bulgaria “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:24). Please join us as we pray for tangible ways to use what we learned to show God’s love to others.
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One of the biggest blessings we have in our ministry is witnessing people accept God’s invitation to His love. Experiencing people embrace their value and purpose is sacred ground. It is even more special to see children embracing this truth. This weekend as we visiting several churches we saw young children and teenagers expressing their love for God. What a beautiful picture!
Next week, we are traveling to England for the Free Methodist UK annual conference followed by some time visiting with Jill’s parents. David’s mom will be visiting Bulgaria this month, too. It has been ten months since we said goodbye to our friends and families and we are anticipating our time together immensely. Preparations have begun for the first Family Camp in Bulgaria this summer. David is developing recreation programs for the week to engage families. The work on the St. John’s Home is moving quickly. Each time we visit, there are significant changes. We continue to pray for each life that will find hope and healing within those walls.