The Village of Budeshte Finally Has a Church
Church Planting  2008-04-11

The English translation of the name of this village – Budeshte, is "future", and I believe that sometimes the names of people and places are not random, but really have a meaning. Budeshte is located only 10 miles from Stara Zagora and is populated by about 300 people. Unlike many other villages in the vicinity, which are almost entirely abandoned, this village is full of life. I could sense the motivation for life there, the hope for a better future, the desire of the people to by prosperous in what they do.

Yes, as you might have guessed, I visited Budeshte this past week to minister in the newly founded church there. I expressed the desire to go and meet the believers, and Teodor Luchev agreed to take me with him. Tedy started the little church in the summer of 2007, and now we have a good size group of believers who gather every Thursday to receive spiritual nourishment and to express their gratitude to God.

Sister Rumyana has opened the doors of her little home for the believers and you could see the excitement in her eyes. All who gathered for the service were people who were preoccupied with their everyday tasks – mostly connected with garden work or tending to their domestic animals. One of the sisters even testified that she had prayed for her chicken to be healthy and alive, and was a bit shy while explaining since she did not want the testimony to sound too insignificant to us. But this is important for us – we want to be part of the everyday life of these people, who work tirelessly for the food on their table.

The service itself was a celebration of God's presence and love. Tedy, brother Pencho and I ministered to the people, but we were also blessed at the end. This is why I wanted to share with all of you about this nice village church, which has a bright future. I was happy to meet sister Rumyana and her little daughter, who fell asleep during the service. I was enriched by meeting the wonderful believers with warm hearts who worshiped God with such intensity. They all really touched my heart, and made me think that churches like that give these small villages hope for a better future.

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