Category Archives: Bulgaria

Ministry to Muslims in Kardzhali

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We had the chance to visit an art workshop put on by a team in a public school located in a Pomak region of Bulgaria. Pomak are ethnic Bulgarians who converted to Islam while Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire. For one of the tasks, the children were told the story of Noah’s Ark and then asked to choose an animal to save by painting it.

Additionally, we were able to visit a church leading the way in evangelizing this Predominantly Turkish and Muslim area of Kardzhali. One the maps, villages are colored according to population – Turkish, Pomak and Gypsy.

The clothes were normal dress for this region in the mid-20th century, and the bridge is from the Roman Empire. The posters are “necrologues,” memorials hung on the anniversary of one’s death.

You will also see: two public schools, one abandoned and one functioning; a playground; public toilets sunken in the ground; standard apartment buildings; evangelistic tracts; and a New Testament in Turkish; and a restaurant with its own fish farm attached.

Balkan Church Planting Learning Community

Last week I attended a church planting learning community hosted by the Bible League of Bulgaria. Based on a concept developed by the Leadership Network, the learning community brought together church planters from around the Balkans, including Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and even Hungary:

Some of the highlights were learning about ways that these communities are facing significant resistance from local churches and pastors, who the typical church planter is and the struggles they face, and also how different countries are reproducing some successes from other fields.

Please pray that God would bless the work being done by these planters and open up opportunities for them, even in the face of significant discouragement.

Castles, Coffee, and Conversation – New Game Night Outreach in Sofia

Do you enjoy board games? Do you play or want to learn to play Carcassonne or Dominion or other popular games?

CCC Group 1Do you enjoy coffee, refreshments, and meeting new people?

Do you enjoy interesting discussion about a variety of topics?

Do you enjoy free events?

We would love for you to join us Saturday evenings at the centrally located Moreto and Caffeto Hostel for Castles, Coffee, and Conversation.

How does each event work?

CCC Group 21. Play Carcassonne, Dominion, and other fun games.
2. Enjoy free coffee and refreshments.
3. Share in a time of friendly discussion about a selected topic.

Join the Facebook group to stay up to date on events!

Bulgarian Bible Study and Book Translation

Starting a Home Fellowship Group in Sofia

Buxton Building

After a couple months getting to know the spiritual situation in Sofia, we have decided to start a weekly home fellowship.Our first meeting will be next Sunday with several couples who became Christian after the fall of communism, but have since left the church. This is a very common story here – America’s not the only place with a growing “dechurched” population!

Please pray that we would be able to reach people who have stepped away from the church and are questioning what they were taught about the faith. In addition to those couples, there will also be an interested unbeliever attending.

Book Translation

Discipleship EssentialsWe recognize that a lack of Biblical resources in Bulgarian is a great hindrance for the church here. Nansi has selected the first book to begin translating, Disciple Essentials by Greg Ogden.

At first we will do a partial and informal translation for use in our discipleship group, but we are exploring a way to officially translate the book and make it available here in Bulgaria.


Ten Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize

This is a great resource of 10 short statements about the New Testament that are useful when discussing the historicity and formulation of the Bible that we hold in our hands today.NT

Since this is a pretty common area of attack against Christianity today, each fact links to a more in-depth post backing up the claim. I would highly encourage you to check out the link!

Thank you for your continued love and encouragement.

Owen + Nansi Paun

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