How time flies
Church Care  2009-03-06

Oh, how time flies – amazing, isn't it? Last month we experienced something amazing and I have been waiting for an adequate time to sit down and reflect – and the more I delay the less opportunity I seem to have – so here I am. ;-) sitting and writing.

In January our dear partners in ministry – the Samariter Dienst organization from Germany shipped us another load of humanitarian aid and designated it to the churches in the Sofia region. And since we had just settled in the capital a few weeks ago, we were not best prepared to organize the whole logistics process, but once again God blessed us to find all we needed to accomplish this great endeavor.  You know how when something is blessed by the Lord it unfolds and it feels like things are happening without much effort or stress. This is exactly what God did for us – in no time the process of distribution was organized, a team of god-sent people joined us and the fun began.

The truck sent to us by our CoG Field Director Dieter Knospe and Thomas Strenkert - Administrative Assistant (SamariterDienst) arrived on a very cold and snowy day, and as soon as it arrived, problems – ups - challenges began happening ;-) The truck entered a non-irrigated area and got stuck. It really took quite of pushing and some thinking before we realized we could do it al the other way around – this time our strategy worked and we began unloading. As you can see from the video – challenges visited us back quite often – but our "Bulgarian" creativity did not give up and we unloaded the truck twice faster that the anticipated time – Praise God!

Then in the next three days we began a process of transferring all of the received aid into the building of Mission Bulgaria and that within itself was quite a task, since we could only use smaller vehicles. But trip after trip everything was finally relocated and a process of sorting of the aid began where a new group of people was ready to back us up. Then the little street where our building is located all of a sudden was awoken for life – vehicles and people from the Sofia region started to arrive one after another to collect their share and we celebrated with joy seeing the tears on their eyes – tears of gratitude to God and the caring people from Germany. Many of the churches could not provide their own transportation and this is where Stefko and I personally loaded our van and went to deliver the aid to them. I wish you can experience what God allowed us to see – people's faces lightened up by rays of hope – seeing how God answers their prayers. And, believe me, these people do not have profound and expensive prayer lists - their prayers usually consist of asking God for food, a pair of shoes for their children, a warm blanke.... And this is exactly what they received – a wonderful demonstration of the love of God carefully wrapped up as gifts.

As people began to open their Christmas packages, they started crying from joy when they saw how little German children with their parents have prepared those blessings for them – nice pictures drawn by little hands, wishes and prayers handwritten on Christmas cards, toys and other items which apparently have been loved by those families are now shared with their Bulgarian fellow humans. Wow – how Great our God is!

Dear Brother Knospe, dear brother Strenkert, you guys who work so dilligently to make all of this possible, dear families from Germany who have prepare those gifts year after year, on behalf of everyone of the Bulgarian recipients, on behalf of every child, on behalf of every tear shed and every smile erupted – THANK YOU for you love and care.

I additionally would like to thank the following people for their selfless sacrifice and help during the whole process of distribution of the humanitarian aid here in Bulgaria: Bishop Stefko Zlatarov, Reverend Velichko Velev, Reverend Asen Metodiev, Alex Chernev, my wife Petia and my boys – Victor and Benjamin – who have shoulder to shoulder worked with me day and night. Thank you all.

Dear God, thank you for the blessing you allow us one more time to experience! Thank you for letting us reach out and show so many people that your grace is sufficient. Thank you for letting us be a part of this cool family of yours. May all the glory be unto you – forever and ever.  Amen!

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