30 Years of Miracles: 2017

If 2016 was a final preparatory year, in many ways 2017 was a closing year in light of several future events concluding with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We had no clue that in just a few short months, God will visit us with a series of Last Days Revivals that we personally have not observed as far back as 1999.

Different than recent years, where prolonged single revival were extended in one single locations, this was a new approach where the Spirit of God was moving from one location to another independent from any organized schedule. We simply agreed to follow wherever He leads us:

01/15/2017 AM        Church at the Well in Cullman, AL

02/03/2017 AM        Good Shepherd Church of God in Pahokee, FL

02/26/2017 AM        Grace Pointe Church of God in New Albany, MS

03/12/2017 PM        Gray Court Church of God in Gray Court, SC

03/15/2017 PM        Laurens Church of God in Laurens, SC

03/29/2017 PM        Cheraw Church of God in Cheraw, SC

04/02/2017 AM        Vineyard Church of God in Spartanburg, SC

04/09/2017 AM        Kinser Church of God in Cleveland, TN

04/23/2017 PM        Joanna Church of God in Joanna, SC

05/07/2017 AM        La France Church of God in La France, SC

06/04/2017 AM        River Hills Church of God in Ocoee, TN

Our 2017 schedule resembled the list and intensity of revivals we preached in the Summer of 1999 so closely that we pulled our records from back then and began calling churches were we preached 20 years ago. The response was simply overwhelming.

After over six-months of non-stop travel, we departed to Bulgaria where our schedule remained as strenuous. Nevertheless, with Tetraevangelion in the new Bulgarian Bible translation ready, the complete New Testament Greek – Bulgarian Interlinear was set for print in the Fall of 2017. We presented the first 95 copies in Sofia on October 31, 2017 for the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

This book should have been published seven years ago in 2013. Its original subtitle was going to read “7 Years in Bulgaria.” Instead, it took seven years to finish it with all documents, research archives and new cases. Now, it is finally here and it finally reads like a story – not just choppy interviews, deposition documented testimonies or court records, but a story of struggle, strength and solitude. A story of life and a story of us.

1995-96 The establishing of the first Bulgarian Church of God in Chicago and its first split

2000-01 The contracted building of the ministry center for the Central Church of God in Sofia

2002-03 The church split in Southaven and what followed next

2005-06 The post-communist split of the Bulgarian Church of God and consecutive sub-denominations

2010-13 The social media network that cost us millions (of souls)

2016 The vote that forced to kill a church

2019-20 The sale of the ministry center for the Central Church of God in Bulgaria

READ: CONFESSIONS of a Pentecostal Preacher

CONFESSIONS of a Pentecostal Preacher

To Mark Alan
We know not why good people have to die,
but we do know we must tell their story…

Chapter I: Beyond the Church and into God

Be without fear in the face of your enemies.
Be brave and upright that God may love thee.
Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death.
Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong.
That is your oath.
of Heaven (2005)


Separation of church from politics of false religiosity

The phone rang heavy and long. It was 4 AM in Bulgaria, but I was already up. A friend on the other end of the line was calling from South Carolina with a warning of some bad situation. The following morning, I was going to be contacted by the Director questioning why we were ministering in churches outside of our denomination.

The truth was we had ministered in some 300 local churches across the Balkan country of Bulgaria crossing all denominational boundaries and gathering youth from just about every confession. God had used us not only to reach and minister and to lead, but to step into an untouched spiritual realm, to undertake an unfamiliar ministry paradigm and to approach a brand new dimension of reality where He was to be the center of it all. And we had obeyed without questions. Now it was time to pay the price!

* * *

Our denomination, the one to which I remain both critically loyal and loyally critical, spreads over some five generations. Through its century old existence, the struggles and tension between theology and praxis has been in the center. And there, in the very essence of Pentecostalism itself, while some are always celebrating and being celebrated in the office or temple, others are always pushed in the periphery of normal life, hidden from the world behind closed doors and seeking a much deeper experience with God.

These modern day mystics are not only forgotten, but often forbidden. For their riot for righteousness cannot be conceived, contained and controlled by the religious norms of organized officiality. They speak as prophets to a world they so fervently try to escape from, about a reality that does not exist in the normal believer’s mindset. A stage of spirituality that cannot be preached without being lived in the social existence. And a relationship of God that goes far beyond common relationism and into God himself. That God, Who does not abide in offices and temples, but on the cross outside of the city walls…

But I knew nothing of this until that cold winter morning when the phone rang through darkness of the night. Knowing what is coming, rarely changes what we have done to get here.

7 Years in Bulgaria: CONFESSIONS of a Pentecostal Preacher
by Dony K. Donev, D.Min.
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