Our Bulgarian Chaplaincy Association celebrates 25 years of Military Ministry in Bulgaria

May 30, 2022 by  
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chaplaincy-in-bulgariaOur Bulgarian Chaplaincy Association celebrates 25 years of Military Ministry in Bulgaria since the first event co-hosted by the Bulgarian Armed Forces and government officials in 1997.

2018 The Road toward a Balkan Multi-Ministry Center and Legal Status

2017 Bulgarian Chaplaincy Association: Legal Case Renewed

2015 Revisting the Integration Proposal with Local NATO Programs by Bulgarian Chaplaincy Association

2014 Bulgarian Chaplaincy Association: Vision and Resolution Reaffirmed

2012 First Class of the Master’s of Chaplaincy Ministry Program

2011 Master’s of Chaplaincy Ministry Program Continues

2010 Master’s of Chaplaincy Ministry Program begins in Sofia, Bulgaria

2009 Bulgarian Chaplaincy Association holds an introductory chaplaincy course in Yambol, Bulgaria

2008 The Case of a NATO Chaplaincy Model within the Bulgarian Army released

2007 Bulgarian Chaplaincy Associations Recognized by U.S. Department of State

2006 Registration for the Bulgarian Chaplaincy Association Rejected by Bulgarian Court

2005 The Bulgarian Chaplaincy Association presented before the Bulgarian Evangelical Alliance

2004 Three U.S. Bases in Bulgaria to be Built by 2010

2003 The Case of a NATO Chaplaincy Model within the Bulgarian Army

2002 First Balkan Chaplaincy Conference at the Central Church of God in Sofia, Bulgaria

2001 Church of God Chaplaincy Commission to visit Bulgaria

2000 Euro-seminar: Christian ethics in the military forces

1997 First Military Ministry Seminar in Veliko Tarnovo

With all this accomplished, in the beginning of the 21st century law and chaplaincy meet on the road to democracy as Bulgaria remains the only country in NATO without military force chaplaincy. But before chaplaincy could be legalized completely and endorsed by the state to its full functionality, several changes must be undergone. Some of them are:

  1. Legal provision allowing chaplains to work as staff in the army, which guarantees the equal presence of protestant chaplains as well.
  2. The approval, acceptance and implementation of a NATO based model for chaplaincy within the structures of the Bulgarian Army.
  3. Periodical and systematic educational strategy toward chaplaincy workers among Bulgarian evangelicals.
  4. A paradigm for cooperation of Bulgarian chaplains from various ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
  5. Further research publications to enhance the efficiency of chaplaincy within the Bulgarian national context.

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Bulgarian Church of God Membership 20 Years Later

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Rewind 30 Years of Places where we’ve Preached

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Bulgarian Church of God Membership 20 Years Ago

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Rewind 20 Years: Services Held

March 25, 2022 by  
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1 01/02/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
2 01/06/2002 AM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
3 01/08/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
4 01/09/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
5 01/13/2002 AM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
6 01/15/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
7 01/16/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
8 01/17/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
9 01/20/2002 AM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
10 01/20/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
11 01/23/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
12 01/24/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
13 01/25/2002 PM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
14 01/27/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
15 01/29/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
16 01/30/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
17 02/01/2002 PM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
18 02/03/2002 AM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
19 02/03/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
20 02/05/2002 PM Buxton Suburb Home Group Sofia, BG
21 02/06/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
22 02/07/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
23 02/10/2002 AM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
24 02/10/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
25 02/12/2002 PM Buxton Suburb Home Group Sofia, BG
26 02/13/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
27 02/16/2002 PM New Central Church of God Sofia, BG
28 02/17/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
29 02/20/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
30 02/21/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
31 02/24/2002 AM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
32 02/24/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
33 02/25/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
34 02/25/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
35 02/25/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
36 02/26/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
37 02/26/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
38 02/26/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
39 02/27/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
40 02/27/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
41 02/27/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
42 02/28/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
43 02/28/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
44 02/28/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
45 02/28/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
46 03/01/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
47 03/01/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
48 03/01/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
49 03/02/2002 AM New Central Church of God Sofia, BG
50 03/03/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
51 03/04/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
52 03/04/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
53 03/05/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
54 03/05/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
55 03/05/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
56 03/06/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
57 03/06/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
58 03/06/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
59 03/06/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
60 03/07/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
61 03/07/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
62 03/07/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
63 03/07/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
64 03/08/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
65 03/08/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
66 03/08/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
67 03/09/2002 PM New Central Church of God Sofia, BG
68 03/10/2002 AM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
69 03/12/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
70 03/12/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
71 03/12/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
72 03/13/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
73 03/13/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
74 03/13/2002 AM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
75 03/13/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
76 03/14/2002 АM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
77 03/14/2002 АM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
78 03/14/2002 АM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
79 03/14/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
80 03/15/2002 АM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
81 03/15/2002 АM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
82 03/15/2002 АM Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute Sofia, BG
83 03/16/2002 PM New Central Church of God Sofia, BG
84 03/17/2002 AM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
85 03/18/2002 PM Sugar Factory Church of God Sofia, BG
86 03/20/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
87 03/24/2002 AM Central Church of God Sofia, BG
88 03/24/2002 PM Pravetz Church of God Pravetz, BG
89 03/27/2002 PM Central Church of God Sofia, BG

Rewind 30 Years of Missions

January 30, 2022 by  
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Mission Bulgaria Week 20

Mission Bulgaria Week 21

Mission Bulgaria Week 22

Mission Bulgaria Week 23

Exclusive Report: Pentecostal Primitivism Preserved

Mission Bulgaria Week 24

Mission Bulgaria Week 25

MISSION 2002 in Bulgaria

Mission Bulgaria Week 27

Mission Bulgaria Week 28

Mission Bulgaria Week 29

Mission Bulgaria Week 30

Mission Bulgaria Week 31

 

Bibliata.com celebrates 25 years in online ministry by reading through the whole New Testament in one day

September 20, 2021 by  
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One of our first ministry websites, Bibliata.com just celebrated 25 years of ministry online. It began in the fall of 1996 with the sole purpose to reach Bulgarians online with the Bible. We began the Bibliata.com anniversary celebration with an out loud reading through the whole Bulgarian Bible on September 16 involving many churches and Christian communities in Bulgaria and abroad.

After 25 years with several million annual views and visitors, it has become the standard for the Bulgarian Bible online. Through the years, virtually all Bulgarian Bible versions as well as many others in foreign and original tongues were published. Audio Bible, Video Bible, extensive Bible commentary, a national sermon archive, multiple device apps and Bible study platforms are only a few of the projects completed. Additionally, a new Bulgarian translation in the works since 2007 is close to its publication date for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. But this is not all…

The story of the Bulgarian Bible online is centered not only in products and projects, but in the very people we work with to create a community of believers, who pray, talk, grow and live together in the footsteps of the Savior. And this is worth much more than just 25 years of work and perseverance…

30 Years of Miracles: 2021

March 1, 2021 by  
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The NEW Pentecostal NORMAL

The NEW NORMAL hit Pentecostals in Bulgaria right for their first centennial anniversary. With COVID cases climbing, Bulgaria underwent over 200 days of total lock-down well into the summer of 2020. At the start of 2021, right at the national elections in Bulgaria, most EU countries renewed their quarantines measures as well. Regardless of hundreds of thousands of vaccines administered, in the first quarter of 2021, Bulgaria had most COVID cases in whole Europe and was the second country in the world with most COVID cases per capita.

Flying from the United States to Bulgaria is also becoming more difficult. Amsterdam, which used to be a good mid-way point has been among the most COVID-affected locations in the European Union making it risky for flight transfers. The route via Paris has virtually shut down with France in another long total lock-down. Flying via London was obstructed not only by their multiple lock-downs, but also the mandatory two-week long quarantine for all foreigners passing through the country, especially the ones from Eastern Europe and the United States.

Fortunately, after almost two decades of not having a direct flight to and from Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, a new airline opened a non-transfer line from JFK and provided a much needed ease for missionary work in the country. Our ministry continued especially in the area of first respondents and chaplains we have been training with our nationally recognized program in Bulgaria since 2009. At the same time, we were blessed to present two research papers at SPS and EPTA, and move toward publishing our book on the 100th anniversary of Pentecostalism in Bulgaria.

All this did not come with multiple challenges for the ministry. The shaky political situation in the country with yet another national election (16 in count since 2005) did not help keep the pandemic numbers down. As COVID cases in Bulgaria were climbing, the government moved to establish a new “vaccine passport” agency. Travelling to and from Bulgaria is now virtually impossible without vaccination accompanied with the proper international certification of their validity.

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.
~Kingdom
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.
Upcoming Releases for United States (October, 2020)

30 Years of Miracles: 2020

February 25, 2021 by  
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Our emergency team meeting at the end of 2019, set Bulgaria’s national holiday on March 3, 2020 as initiation date for the new-normal strategy for ministry. When the United States declared state of national emergency on March 13, 2020 and the Bulgarian government followed with the same shortly, we continued ministering in every possible alternative venue available to us. Small groups in churches as per the regulations, home gatherings, internet portals we’ve used since 1996 for the ministry and so on. Only with this timely ministry strategy in place, we were able to continue to minister and celebrate the:

  • 25th anniversary of the Bulgarian church in Chicago
  • 30th anniversary our own Cup & Cross Ministries International
  • 100th anniversary of the Pentecostal Movement in Bulgaria

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.
~Kingdom
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.
Upcoming Releases for United States (October, 2020)

30 Years of Miracles: 2019

February 20, 2021 by  
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In the year 2019, our book on missions was finalized. The originally envisioned 7 years of missional work in Bulgaria, had turned to almost 15 or roughly half of our ministry. Yet, the final touches needed to be made with transcripts and documents from several organizations in Bulgaria which, had meanwhile ceased. When these rather detail and legal clarifications were finally made, our book was ready to print for Christmas of 2019.

However, during this time the first COVID reports began coming in from around the world. First, from Wuhan, China at the end of 2019 and then from Israel, which was among the first to recognize and respond to the virus pandemic. With this information in, we called an emergency meeting of our ministry leaders in anticipation for a national state of emergency in Bulgaria and abroad. At the same time, we had an anointed service in Alabama at the end of 2019 and another good one in South Carolina at the start of 2020, all while praying and fasting with our teams for a clear direction from the Lord. In fact, after finalizing our response strategy we decided to initiate it on Bulgaria’s national holiday on March 3, 2020. Only 10 days later, the United States declared a state of national emergency and the Bulgarian government followed with the same shortly. Though all business and churches were under complete lockdown in Bulgaria for the next 200 days, our teams were able to implement the measures we have taken and continue to do ministry in Bulgaria and abroad via various alternative venues.

 

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.
~Kingdom
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.
Upcoming Releases for United States (October, 2020)

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