It’s Tough to Share The Gospel
From the outside, Bulgaria appears to be a fresh, welcoming holiday destination. The city of Plovdiv, has been voted European Capital of Culture 2019, and its citizens are justly proud. If we dig a little deeper however, all is not so positive. Plovdiv has the largest Roma ghetto in Europe, a city within a city, a community in which many live in poverty. On the wider front there is much uncertainty about the future. The Bulgarian Government is introducing restrictive religious laws that will affect evangelicals, aimed at controlling their activities and finances, and their access to theological education. Outside the Muslim and Orthodox faith, people will face the prospect of opposition and perhaps persecution. Already there are reports of the police using surveillance on some Roma Christian groups.
It’s tough to share the Gospel in Bulgaria, yet the Gospel is being shared with positive signs and outcomes. The ministry of SGA and its supporters in its various modes has been vital and effective – through Leadership Support enabling the work of existing pastors to be sustained; helping to provide church buildings in which believers can meet; providing Biblical Gospel training for Bulgarian believers to equip them to take up the work themselves.
Delcho and Mina have developed a course to reach Roma people in particular, but adaptable for any in Bulgarian society. It is no ordinary discipleship study, but was written especially to meet the contemporary needs of Bulgaria with its particular societal problems and challenges. It is in four parts:Jesus and me – Why I need Him
JESUS AND ME – WHY I NEED HIM
Made for each other – Biblical marriage
Me, Christ and others – Living for God in this world
Me and my home – Building a godly family where family is fragmented.
The programme is already touching lives and bringing hope, certainty and transformation of life to those attending. It is organized and taught in a building which SGA supporters helped to purchase and renovate, located in a disused shopping area in Trakia in the city of Plovdiv. This is a spiritual home for the church, planted within a needy housing estate. Here is an active, vibrant, worshipping community, and the believers are reaching out to their own people.