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World Mission – The Romas of Bulgaria
January 2011
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World Mission – The Romas of Bulgaria

The Romas of Bulgaria   We have recently heard of the expulsion from France of great numbers of Romanian Romas (Gypsies). This reminded us of the two summers we spent in Bulgaria, in response to the invitation by the pastors of several Bulgarian churches for my husband to preach to the Roma people in the Turkish language.      This ethnic group (called Millet in Turkish) moved into the area of Bulgaria 700 years ago and settled there. During the Ottoman Empire’s rule over Bulgaria they converted to Islam and started to use Turkish as their language of communication.      Hopelessness   Today, the majority live...

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Missionary Spotlight – Called to Bulgaria
November 2008
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Missionary Spotlight – Called to Bulgaria

Called to Bulgaria   Not all missionary work is direct preaching and evangelising. In this article I share my testimony of working in Bulgaria to show the various ways in which the Lord uses us.   I am a representative of Navigators, an international Christian organisation that has been ministering in Bulgaria since the 1980s. Navigators evangelise the lost, establish new believers in the faith, and equip disciples of Jesus Christ for ministry. My association goes back to 1983, when the Navigators first played a large part in my own spiritual development.   Openings   Navigators in Bulgaria work in such contexts as universities, NGOs,...

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Missionary Spotlight – Lasting treasure in Panagyurish
November 2008
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Missionary Spotlight – Lasting treasure in Panagyurish

Lasting treasure in Panagyurish   In the central Sredna Gora mountain range and the valley of the southbound Lounda Yana river lies Panagyurishte – the town that played a key role in one of the most poignant moments of Bulgarian history. This was the April 1876 uprising during the Bulgarian struggle for national liberation, after five centuries of Ottoman oppression.   Burial mounds   The town and surrounding area played a significant part in ancient history too. Various archaeological monuments have been discovered in its vicinity, including several dozen Thracian burial mounds.      One of them, the Mramor Mound, revealed the burial of a Thracian...

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November 2008
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Missionary Spotlight – Factfile Republic of Bulgaria

Factfile Republic of Bulgaria       Area:42,855 square miles.       Terrain: Mainly mountainous (Musala 2925m).       Neighbours: Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania.       Population: 7.5 million; about half are urbanites.       Capital: Sofia (1 million).       Infant mortality: 18.5 per 1000 live births.       Life expectancy: Men 69 years; women 77 years.       Ethnic Groups: Slavic 86%, Turkic 9.4%, Roma 3.7%, others 0.9%.       Languages: Bulgarian and Turkish are official languages. Another 10 languages are spoken.       Literacy: 98%.       Economy: Bulgaria has...

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Missionary Spotlight – Through Communism & beyond
November 2008
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Missionary Spotlight – Through Communism & beyond

Through Communism & beyond   Not long ago, communist totalitarianism was a huge threat to Bulgarian Evangelicals. The government’s goal was to abolish evangelicalism by state pressure, internment and the prohibition of teaching religion to children. In 1948 all evangelical pastors were arrested and condemned as ‘spies against the state’ and in 1949 Protestant churches were declared unlawful.   Yet by 1989 the churches had increased in number and there were around 125 Evangelical churches with about 20,000 believers. Another 5000 were said to be members of unregistered churches. Today there are 170,000 people who identify themselves as Evangelicals, and most attend about 1500 registered...

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December 2006
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Christmas in Bulgaria

Many people of all ages in Bulgaria live below the poverty line, experiencing hunger and illness yet remaining neglected. Some have been bedridden for years in poverty and hunger. Each Christmas, Siloam Christian Ministries joins with local Christians to alleviate this suffering. Relief gift parcels supply food staples such as rice, lentils, macaroni and tuna. Simple meals are served at local churches throughout needy areas. Visits are made to housebound invalids, orphanages and homes for the elderly. Needy people receive food and experience Christian love. For more than 12 years Siloam has worked with a network of 22 Bulgarian churches co-ordinated by Pastor Peter Georgiev...

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