When brothers live in harmony!
Church Care  2007-12-25

That is what the Word says; Psalm 133 begins with this confirmation of the unity of the Church of Christ. If someone had peeked inside the big hall of the Vereya Hotel on this Saturday during the end of December they would have seen just that – God's ministers from the entire region, gathered to see each other, to greet one another, to share their successes and difficulties. This Christmas celebration is a tradition. Each year the regional overseer (originated years ago by Dinko Zlatarov and successfully implemented now by Stilian Mihailov) gathers all the leaders of the region. They, Pastors and Deacons called by God, came with their families and stood together once again in order to raise their voices in praise and worship to acknowledge and thank their God.

We were all truly enthralled by the spirit of unity. The praise, led by the team from Blagodat (Grace) Church, drew our hearts out in such worship and adoration that no one wiped away the tears welling up in their eyes. I believe that we had forgotten the word anointing – exactly as the Spirit poured out in the room, and it overtook us – we could almost touch it. Pastor Stefko Zlatarov built up this church community with a prayer that captured our hearts and opened the way for the message to be brought by the regional overseer. The sermon of Stilian Mihailov was clear, direct and (most importantly) touching. There were two main points: first, a brief evaluation of the work done in the region during the year ending (during which our common vision which directed each local church was "Build on the Rock"), and, second, motivation for a new beginning in our ministry as leaders, under the leading of the vision of the regional overseer for 2008 – "Restoration of David's Tabernacle". A natural extension of this message was the musical greeting of Pastor Sasho and his wife, Dimitrinka, (from El Canaan Church). Of course, we didn't forget the traditional prizes for encouraging great contributions to the work of God's harvest. The "Barnabas" prize was awarded to the young pastor, Dimitur Vulev (Church of God in Zora); the "Apsotle Paul" prize was untraditionally awarded to a person from outside of the Stara Zagora region due to his untiring and often dangerous work among Muslims – Pastor Hari Atanasov of Kurdzhali. Each of God's ministers (and his family) was honored with a small, but worthy gift which included a large Bible, which is convenient for pastoral ministry.

At the very end of our two hours together we all had the opportunity to fellowship with one another, the food-laden table played a large role in this. It is normal, once a year, for such a "rich" gathering to be held – rich in spirit as well as the physical aspect. Even more so due to the reason that our Savior's birth gives us to be untied as workers and to exclaim Behold, how good and pleasing it is for brothers to live in harmony!

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