A Look at Bulgaria
I do not know what comes to mind when you hear–Bulgaria. Maybe our famous soccer players, or the ancient history and many historical sites. Maybe our sandy Black Sea beaches or ski resorts. Maybe that we are a post-communist country and you have been praying for us. Maybe you know that we are one of the poorest countries in Europe with lots of corruption.
Maybe you know that there is a small Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®) team that faithfully reaches the children of Bulgaria. It started with some missionaries holding training seminars, and when Jacob Wiebe started local work in Assenovgrad in 1991. Now we have workers in Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo and Pleven.
The evangelical church is less than 1% of the population. Most people claim to be Orthodox or Muslim. Still, we are able to help the churches train Sunday School teachers. We do 10 to 15 camps each summer. Most of the Good News Clubs® (GNC™) our team has are among the Roma children. For them, we also have Children Weeks during the summer.
When the pandemic happened, we started our YouTube channel and uploaded a lot of Bulgarian materials to the Wondersurf website. Many parents and teachers wrote to thank us. Viara, working in Sofia, had an online GNC. As a team, we also met online each week for prayer.
For now, we are back to normal and camps have been full. We praise God that we were able to have 10 camps and many Children Weeks.
Here are two testimonies: A. came to the orphanage 3 months ago and heard about God for the first time. A month later he gave his life to Jesus. Many of the children mock him, but every time we see him, he has more questions from his Bible readings.
T. is 12 years old and is at a social institution. God changed her heart and character. From very aggressive, now she is one of the best students in her class. With a big smile she says that Jesus changed her.
Ivan and Katerina S.
Team Leaders for CEF Bulgaria
Daily Prayer Guide
Pray for Krasi, Ulrike and Andrey, to be able to continue their weekly classes in the schools around Pleven and Veliko Tarnovo. They must get signatures from the children’s parents before the school directors will approve.
School starts here on 1 September so we also reopen our GNCs this month. Join us in praying that each child who receives an invitation, will attend the GNCs each week.
The older teens have asked us to start a group with them, so pray we will be discerning to understand what their needs are, and that God will change their lives.
We are thankful for God’s provision and protection when we were able to have summer camps and outreaches. May the Lord bless His Word in the children’s hearts. We pray to start GNCs in the new school year.
Pray that the children who came to our summer camps will come to our weekly ministries and continue in God’s Word.
We pray the face-to-face access to the children in schools and in GNCs will remain possible. To meet them in person is much better than to see them online. May the LORD protect and strengthen all the workers, volunteers and friends.
Camp was a special blessing for the children after the pandemic lockdown. The children all listened carefully during the Bible lessons and enjoyed worship together. A. even gave his heart to Jesus! Pray for him and all the children from camp to grow in Christ.
Projects to pray for
Every Child in Europe is a project of Children Evangelism Fellowship of
Europe in order to promote some of the giving opportunities within the
mission. All finances given through www.everychildineurope.com are used for evangelising children in Europe (unless stated otherwise).
Bereg Camp is a Christian camp, run by Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®).
Bereg Camp It is situated in Western Ukraine close to Beregszász, on a beautiful sunny hill, surrounded by forests and vineyards. The goal of the Bereg Camp is: to provide full accommodation for groups of children and adults in Christian environment to know the message of Salvation and experience a Christian fellowship.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.