Again for Maranatha
Church Care  2007-05-11

I always want you to know a little more about Maranatha – a gypsy church in the suburbs of Stara Zagora. God gave me this church, which I gladly pastor. Whoever you are – believer, or not – read on. You will always learn a little something.

We gather where God opens doors – until recently in Sultanka's home and now (due to the planned razing of half of the gypsy neighborhood) in brother Ivo's house. From time to time we dream of our own place – the best we can afford is a mobile home, which we can transform into a church. In our hearts we believe that the building itself is not that which attracts and retains the Spirit. Sadly, we have many examples of how godly people (called to be Pastors) were corrupted by finances and buildings and in this way have lost not only their pastoral outlook, but their human dignity as well.

So, today I would like to share with you one more tidbit regarding these terrific gypsies from Maranatha church. Some of them are partially illiterate, some – completely, most of them live in primitive houses without any normal conditions, with irregular incomes – but all of them are with open and warm for the Lord hearts. They complain very rarely; more likely, they are ready to sympathize with you in everything – your burdens and happiness. They pray with prayers which are illiterate language-wise, but candescent in their faith. Of course, they sin; the environment they live in pulls them down. But they have the strength to run toward God, to repent, to step on the right path again…

Actually, let me show you some pictures (3 or 4…..or more)!

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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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