Making Friends at Relevant Church of God in Des Moines, Iowa
Care For All International  2007-08-15
On Saturday July 28, 2007 brother Dinko and I were invited to go to Des Moines, Iowa. Pastor Nelson from the Relevant Church of God noticed that there was a large number of Bosnians in the area. His desire is to start outreach among them - so we went there to help him in this endeavor.

Well, I guess God had a slightly different plan for our trip. Dinko and I were touched by the warm welcome from the pastor's family. We went on a drive through the neighborhoods and sure enough we found where the Bosnians lived.  It was obvious that we could not approach them at this point. Reaching Muslims even though they might be secular has to be better planed. So we spent time discussing possible options for evangelizing them. During this ride through town we all shared and got to know each other. Pastor Nelson was telling us about his vision and ministry and we did the same. In all that we didn't realize how God built a new great friendship. Later on that night we had a wonderful fellowship at Mike's house - one of the elders of the church. It is great when you can feel at home even in places where you go for the first time.

Sunday morning we went at the church that was located at the Chapel of the National Guard military base. Dinko shared about what God is doing in Bulgaria and I shared about my plans to go very soon as missionary in Thessaloniki, Greece. The Relevant CoG responded in a really relevant way being mission minded, compassionate and ready to engage in the building of the Kingdom of God.
I am so thankful to God for the love and friendship of the congregation in Des Moines! I am looking forward to seeing them all again soon. God made a divine appointment for us to meet and to bring us together for ministry and friendship. I believe that this friendship will impact not only Des Moines but places all over the world! Thank you Nelson and Rachel - we expect to see you on the Balkans!

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Author :   Stefko Zlatarov

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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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