The Tragedy of the Pearl
Care For All International  2012-02-22
As probably many have heard, this winter here in Bulgaria was has been very heavy with a lot of snow and incredibly low temperatures. All Bulgarians have suffered through these cold months due to the economic crisis because of the high bill for electricity and heating. But the ones who have suffered the most are the people living in the small towns and villages where there is joblessness and poverty. On top of it all, the people living in southern Bulgaria had to endure a tragedy that is almost impossible to describe. The village of Biser (name meaning a pearl) and the surrounding villages were flooded by the river and most of them lost everything they had. We all had to witness this tragedy on TV and the government and many non-governmental organizations ran to provide assistance.

We also felt urged by God to offer our help with whatever we have at our disposal. I spread the need to many of my friends, and thank God they responded so that we were able to accumulate a sum of money as well as food items and clothing and to head to the village of Biser last week. I am extremely thankful to our Regional Director Dr. Tom Rosson for responding to this request and for sending financial assistance. I am also very grateful to Brother Thomas Strenkert for promising to send a truck with clothing and other necessary items, which will arrive any time now.

Last week our team of ministers gathered in Stara Zagora and headed to Biser. I am thankful for these brothers who have an open heart for the needy. I was privileged to work on site of the flooding with brother Asen, Tony, Nasko, Gopi, Stefko and Pavel. We combined our efforts with the Red Cross and other volunteers in Biser to help the people who are in desperate circumstances.

I have to tell you, even though I had seen the news on TV, I was not prepared to see the terrible devastation at that village. Ruined houses, washed out belongings, mud everywhere… These people have nothing now – all they have worked for in their lives is gone. But still they have hope and work hard on repairing their homes.

We spend several days providing wood for heating, buying food items, repairing electrical wires and basically anything that was needed. This was a great opportunity for us to provide spiritual assistance and encouragement for the people most of whom are elderly. We were given the opportunity to practice what we learned at the chaplaincy seminar – to go out and to actually be there for those who suffer, who are hopeless and discouraged.

Next week we will continue our work, because the need is big. I am not writing this to advertise our ministry, but to express my thankfulness to God for giving us a chance to do His work and to be witnesses to His mercy and kindness. Please, if you still want to help out, you can do it – just give me a call or write – and I will let you know what the people need and how best to help. No help is too small. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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As a Christian Ministry venturing in Missions we have become comfortable partnering and ministering with groups and families from so many countries… Well so many and yet never before we had the honor to serve the Lord with a family from Norway. So for the first time we were to host Norwegians and we had no idea what to expect and let me tell you right away that Tormod and Anita Olsen - an army of just two literally filled our van, our towns and villages, our world. Since we have never met them before – we were praying that God was sending us at least some normal people to work with but it was such a surprise to discover that they were far from normal – they were as crazy as we are and folks so in love with Jesus and his flock. WOW! A week started and ended like it was just 7 hours – we felt in love with the Olsens seeing how they jumped straight into the deep waters of the Bulgarian ministry context without hesitation and restrains – they began loving on people, ministering with their unique talents and uplifting the hurting people with a contagious spirit of enthusiasm and Jesus love. WOW!! Sofia, Geman, Petrich, Panaguyrishte, Levski, Teteven – day after day the people of Bulgaria from the various churches found their Spiritual Vitamins, encouragement, specific word of God through prophecy, healings, freedom and salvation through the self-sacrificial, giving and warm ministry of these folks. We can not wait for them to come back in June… I personally am in anticipation to see what Daddy has for us in the future – and I am sure it is special. Thank you God – for bringing those two WOW!!! People in our world. Dinko Zlatarov Mission trip to Sofia, Bulgaria 2014 In February we went to Sofia, Bulgaria with a great expectation, to begin a work with the Care For All Ministries. It has become to be a strong experience in many ways. When we met Dinko Zlatarov we felt welcomed and loved at ones. Care For All, is a good and well-planned ministry with a high focus on humanitarian and evangelistic work, This ministry operates a great deal of time among the Gypsies - the poorest of the poor in Bulgaria. It was amazing to see how Dinko and his team worked among them. Also - it was impressive to see the new established churches that are continually growing, the outreach like giving food and pray for the sick and making children`s street parties give fantastic results. The education work among the children, giving them skills in English and how to use computers will help them increase their carrier development and avoid the mistakes of their surroundings. We can read in Matthew, 25:40 “Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least of these My Brethren, you did it for me.” Care For All is living this, and what we saw was the love of the Father that came true this work. It was a great pleasure for us to see people saved and healed through this week’s work. The people we met, children and the grown-ups were dedicated and in love with Jesus. Through this work we can see the kingdom grow and we recommend Care For All to you to partner with in the Kingdom of God in Bulgaria. Best regards: Anita & Tormog Berg Olsen House On Fire Norway ... more
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