Bumpy Ride to the Future
As memories of communism disappear in the rear-view mirror, the people of the “New Bulgaria” are lurching forward into the future. But the road is not without potholes. Fast-food joints and flashy bars are springing up as the culture increasingly becomes materialistic and sexualized. In fact, Bulgaria is one of the primary “feeder” countries of the prostituted for Europe and America. Joining the European Union brought renewed economic hope, but many are sinking into debt with the introduction of easy credit. Quality medical care is not available to the poorest.
How is it possible to live out the gospel in a country with so many needs? Our team there (located in both Sofia and Plovdiv) uses a multifaceted approach. Churches host medical care outreaches to the poor as well as seminars on financial management and other timely topics. In Studentski Grad, a university community of 10,000 with no church, ESL outreaches draw interested students. The team helped create the “Daughters of Bulgaria” to rescue those enslaved by human trafficking and prostitution. And undergirding all these efforts is the powerful demonstration of the love of Christ—Bulgaria’s real hope for the future.
Elisabeth serves with the Soﬁa, Bulgaria, church-planting team, assisting in English language ministry.
God led Grace to Bulgaria to use her gifts to engage special needs communities in Sofia.
Dave's discipleship experiences have shaped his view of “using every tool in the toolbox” to show the Love of Christ to others, toward the end of Christ building His Church.
Elisabeth is serving in Sofia, Bulgaria for an 11 month internship, working with the ESL outreach program.
The Elliotts work alongside the national pastors and church leaders in Plovdiv, Asenovgrad, and Burgas.
Lydia knew that ultimately God was calling her to overseas ministry in Soﬁa, Bulgaria.
The Laughlin's prayer is to see a generation of Bulgarians who love Jesus.
After a vision trip to Sofia, Bulgaria, Katherine saw the work there and felt she had found her missions family.
The McAlpins serve the Lord through discipleship and hospitality in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Alex serves at Sofia Christian Academy and helps Bulgarians with conversational English while showing them the love of Christ
Jenny is serving in Sofia, Bulgaria as an intern for MTW. She is focused on ESL, sports ministry, and a supportive role in church planting.
The Romans are part of a church-planting team in Bulgaria and desire to see the church grow and the lost come to Christ.
Rachael’s desire is to introduce Bulgarians to a loving God who desires personal relationships with each of them.
Dal and Beth lead the church planting team and help facilitate Daughters of Bulgaria.
Sports is a great way to build relationships. MTW interns spent part of their summer playing Lacrosse, which opened up doors to the gospel.SEE MORE
Her son had become a Christian, but she just couldn't get there.SEE MORE
Vlado, a former "Orthodox atheist" with a drug addition, is now a follower of Christ who is helping to plant churches.SEE MORE
Catch a glimpse of MTW's work globally as we interview missionaries and learn about their current ministry and vision for the future.SEE MORE
Petko, a young, growing leader in the Bulgarian church, shares his role in MTW's church-planting efforts.SEE MORE
In a hard-to-reach, largely atheistic European city, these stories declare the gospel to be "the power of God unto salvation."SEE MORE
Pray for two women, Monika and Andrea, who have recently come to faith against the odds in a hard-to-reach, largely atheistic European city.
Pray for Monika, that God would continue to heal her, give her a new purpose, and protect her life from physical harm, and for Andrea, that she would grow deep roots of faith and be a witness to those like her—unlikely subjects—of the reality of the grace of God.
Pray for college students in Sofia, Bulgaria, to grasp God's deep love for them and surrender their lives to Him.
Pray for God to call more men and women to missions in Sofia, Bulgaria, both full-time and as a volunteer.
Pray for Europeans who have heard the gospel but are hesitant to fully commit to Christ. Pray that God would draw them to Himself.
Pray for women forced by poverty into sex work. Pray for MTW ministries around the globe seeking to rescue and minister to these women.
Pray for Bulgaria, whose population is considered to be 95% "Orthodox atheist" (Orthodox in name only). Praise God for Bulgarians who are coming to faith and helping to plant churches!
Pray for those coming to faith in Bulgaria. And for those who can't yet believe due to a background deeply rooted in communism and atheism.
Pray for those in Sofia, Bulgaria, who will be exposed to the gospel through our sports ministry. Pray that many would be drawn to Christ as a result of relationships built with believers.