The Hope Neighborhood of Sliven – a Place of Spiritual Awakening
Church Care  2008-02-21

The Hope neighborhood, the poor Roma part of the town of Sliven… a place of so much suffering and hopelessness… So many vivid memories connect me to this place –so many times I have ministered there together with the believers from the many evangelical churches there. So many times I have been overwhelmed by God's power and His miracles among His people. I can't count the numerous times we have had street outreaches there, seminars, prayers meetings, conferences, and church services. One thing that I always experience, every time I visit Sliven, is that I go back home spiritually refreshed and energized for ministry. 


This was the case also when I visited the Hope neighborhood of Sliven last week. We had a service in one of the local churches. The pastor there is Dimitar Bozhidarov.  It may sound to some people like an exaggeration, but we really reached towards God and He embraced us at that meeting. His presence and love were there in a strong way. We praised him wholeheartedly; we delved into the Word and prayed for the sick and those with needs. As always at the end there testimonies of God's provision and care. The Pastor was especially thankful to God for the new sound equipment that the church had just purchased for the ministry.

Yes, my memories of Sliven are always so vivid. The moment I close my eyes I can see the faces of these precious people – praising God like there's no tomorrow,  praying fervently with tears of joy, comfort and thanksgiving towards the Lord, leaving all their burdens, worries and suffering at the feet of Christ. Isn't it amazing – the hopeless poor neighborhood called "Hope" has been turned by God into a place of spiritual awakening & blessing!

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