Teaching on Philippians in Haskovo, Bulgaria

October 30, 2010 by  
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Mirichleri: Second Evangelical Church in Bulgaria

October 25, 2010 by  
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Bansko: First Evangelical Church in Bulgaria

October 20, 2010 by  
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X 10.10.10 Cyprus Reflection

October 15, 2010 by  
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Every year our ministry organizes a National Mega Youth Event we have come to call “X”. This year our event was held on 10.10.10 on the island of Cyprus. From the invitation of Pastor Rumen Mitodiev, we went to Cyprus expecting greet things. We spent there two weeks during which we were able to minister to and train the members of the national network of new and growing Bulgarian churches that have formed within the past several years as a direct result of the increase of immigration to the island.

Cyprus is an island located at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea just above Israel and 47 miles south of Turkey. It was once a British colony until 1960 when it gained its independence. It is the only militarily divided country with a Greek and Turkish zone. With this division brings a challenge in ministry unique to any other. However, where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty and no division among believers. The Bulgarian churches in Cyprus bring this refuge not only to Bulgarians, but Romani (Gipsy) and Turkish people as well.

During our time on the island, we faced much spiritual warfare as one can imagine with Cyprus being among the main destinations for human trafficking and highly influenced by black magic and Islamic beliefs. Yet, being faithful to the Cause our team continued to press on. Throughout our time with the various Bulgarian churches, we continued to receive one praise report after the other including healings, deliverance and people being restored to the faith. And in the Sunday morning service alone on 10.10.10 over 50 people came to the altar to receive Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This makes any battle worth the fight and all the Glory belongs to God.

X 10.10.10 Cyprus (in pictures)

October 10, 2010 by  
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Bulgarian Church of God in Cyprus

October 5, 2010 by  
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For the past three years the community of Bulgarian immigrants on the island of Cyprus has been swept by a Holy Ghost revival much similar to the revival which brought freedom in Bulgaria some 20 years ago after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Similar phenomenon was observed in the mid 90s in the Chicago Metro area, where several Bulgarian churches spurred up into a revival and as surveys showed years later, this has become the main characteristic of the establishment of Bulgarian immigrant churches across the world.

But the similarities with the Chicagoland revival of the 90s do not stop here. Just like in Chicago, some 65,000 Bulgarians live and work on the island of Cyprus. And this is the number of only the registered ones. But while the Bulgarians in Chicagoland are spread across only 220 sq.m. of the city, the island area of Cyprus has 3,500 sq.m., which makes their networking and communication much harder.

Pentecostal ministry among the Bulgarian Diaspora began somewhere around 2005 with small groups that reached 30-40 people. In this context of ministry, in the spring of 2008, the first Bulgarian Church of God congregation was formed in the city of Nicosia (Levkusia) with Bulgarian trained Church of God minister Rumen Metodiev as the pastor, under the supervision of Bishop Michael Charalambous, overseer of the Cyprus Church of God of Prophecy.

After a series of deliverance revival meetings, the growth of the congregation exploded and within a few months reached some 200 people. When special services are held once or twice a month over 300 people show up, making it impossible for the congregation to meet in their current location. Bulgarians from other parts of the island reached out to the new church and soon a new Bulgarian congregation was started in Limassol, a Mediterranean resort an hour way from the capital Nicosia. And then another Bulgarian Church of God was started only a few months ago in the city of Paphos and already numbers some 55 parishioners.

As the network of Bulgarian churches in Cyprus is growing, congregations are facing important decisions that demand immediate answers in the areas of leadership training, finances and cultural contextualization. After successfully recovering from some initial dilemmas through the establishment of a strong leadership team, the congregation in Limassol is already looking for a new larger building to rent in order to accommodate their growing attendance. The congregation in Nicosia is at a point where they need to acquire their own building for their meetings, but with their rapid growth, such may be difficult to find on the small island.

Our purpose in visiting with the Bulgarian churches in Cyprus was to hold a two week revival and to train leadership teams to assist the local pastors. We had a total of 14 services with the Bulgarian congregations and one with the Greek Church of God of Prophecy congregation in Nicosia. Our team held over 20 training sessions covering the areas of Bible study, the ministry of preaching, types of ministry, team building and church leadership. Pastor Iliya Panov joined us during the second week of training and covered the topic of praise and worship as well as provided a powerful presence of worship during our time together.

During the course of the revival, a Bulgarian pastor from Paralimni attended the meetings. Upon their invitation, we held an evangelization meeting on Saturday night, which brought many new souls to Christ and strengthened the faith of this new congregation.

Now, after having our annual “X” youth events in Bulgaria for four years in Sofia (2006), Bourgas (2007), Uzana in the Balkan Mountains near Gabrovo (8.8.2008) and the city of Samokov (9.9.2009) we are anticipating this new level of global ministry on 10.10.2010 in Cyprus, when “X” will be held for the first time outside of Bulgaria. The event will be hosted in partnership at the Cyprus Church of Prophecy in cooperation with all Bulgarian congregations on the island.

Hitting the Ground Running

October 1, 2010 by  
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Our team in Bulgaria has had a lots of ministry events that has demanded our time and focus, but it has been rarely as intense and overwhelming as this second part of 2010. We can only be thankful to the Lord and the people who pray for us and support our ministry, that we have been able to continue in this run for the ministry and proof ourselves successful through the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We have truly been hitting the ground running.

At the end of August, our team organized and held the Youth Ministry Camp in the Balkan mountain where over 65 young leaders and ministers attended our annual training.

Then, in the first week of September we taught at the Regional Church of God Seminar in Gabrovo, and then continued for a week with the National Leadership Seminar in Rouse.

Immediately after it was over, we departed for the capital Sofia, where for the next two weeks we taught the first ever Masters in Chaplaincy Program in Bulgaria. Over 20 students signed for the program, which was both exciting and encouraging after spending five years of hard work and great anticipation, through many trials and obstacles, to reach this historic moment.

A day later, we departed to the island of Cyprus upon the invitation of a student of ours, who is now pastoring five Bulgarian congregations there. Upon the word from the Holy Ghost we received several years ago, we will be holding our annual X event on 10.10.10 in the capital Nicosia. The event is preceded by a two week revival with the churches on the island and training for the pastoral teams, which falls in place with the worldwide Micah Challenge event. Please, pray with us as we are anticipation a great move from God on 10.10.10.

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