Reaching Out

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Church Planting

In partnership with the Union of Evangelical Congregational Churches of Bulgaria (UECCB), we desire to see new churches planted in many neighborhoods in Sofia. 

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In 2015 the neighborhood of Mladost became home to New Life Church, a church planted in partnership with UECCB. New Life's vision is “By the new life that the Spirit has given us, we seek to worship the Father in spirit and in truth, and love each other as Christ has loved us, so that new life may come to all of Sofia and to every nation.”

Opportunities:

  • Pray for God to raise up Bulgarian pastors and leaders. 
  • Internships: to live in Bulgaria, forming relationships with Bulgarians and helping with outreach and evangelism. 
  • Individuals/Families: to live long term in Bulgaria, forming discipleship relationships, assisting established churches and working with the union to continue planting churches in new neighborhoods and cities throughout Bulgaria. 
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Medical Ministry

We desire to show the love of Christ by working with local churches reaching out to their communities and helping meet medical needs, primarily of the elderly. This opens a door for the local church and medical professionals to show the love of Christ by listening to those who are struggling with health problems. Mission to the World sponsors one to two medical teams per year to serve with us in Bulgaria. 

Opportunities:

  • Healthcare professionals who will live in Bulgaria long term to assist with and advance care for the medically needy and providing support and training to Bulgarian professionals
  • One to two week mission teams working with resident MTW medical missionaries and Bulgarian churches in outreach to the medically needy
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People with Special Needs Ministry

Bulgaria has seen positive changes since the fall of Communism in 1989, but there is still a noticeable shortage of necessary and basic support for families with special needs. A mind-set continues that the government is the primary provider for the family, but Bulgaria is in the early stages of recognizing the rights and needs of those with disabilities. Many professional shortages are due to the fact that Bulgaria is still in the pre-accreditation stage of most allied health professions, including occupational and physical therapy. Families desperately need medical specialists, allied health therapists and special education teachers in school programs to advocate for and promote education, function, and independence. We hope to become more involved with a Christian special-needs center in Sofia called “New Steps” and their family support group.

Special needs children have value being created in God’s image. Helping families directly by providing support and training for parents to be knowledgeable caregivers for their disabled children is our desire. An additional way of showing love to these families is heightening the awareness and assisting in implementation of handicap accessibility in local churches. Through demonstrating Christ’s love to families with disabled members, we seek opportunities to make known the hope of Christ and introduce Bulgarian families to newly planted and existing supportive communities of faith that provide handicap accessibility. 

Opportunities:

  • Professional allied health caregivers (physical, speech, and/or occupational therapists), special education trained teachers and behavior specialists to live in Bulgaria long term to assist with and care for these families
  • Caregiver/family assistant to give care and support to the Buerger family as they raise their youngest daughter. 
  • One to two-week mission teams with professional caregivers to participate in VBS/Summer camp like programs for special needs, parent consultations, medical consultations specifically for this community such as physiatrist, orthopedic and wheelchair clinics, and specialty training for Bulgarian professionals

 

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Daughters of Bulgaria

In 2009, we became overtly aware of the profound problem of prostitution and its sister evil, human trafficking. Not only is Bulgaria famous for being one of the primary source countries feeding Western Europe’s Red Light Districts, but also for its illegal prostitution within the country. This awareness (by us and others) eventually led to the birth of the “Daughters of Bulgaria,” an interdenominational coalition seeking to help the local church reach out to address the issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
The vision of Daughters of Bulgaria is to see the Bulgarian Church equipped and engaged; serving sexually exploited women in Bulgaria and Bulgarian women throughout the world, with targeted efforts in prevention, intervention, and restoration. In addition, Daughters of Bulgaria has (in conjunction with Servant Anonymous Foundation) a long-term recovery program for women coming out of exploitation. This project is currently being re-structured; however, we are still helping to direct Bulgarian women into well-equipped residential care facilities. By demonstrating the love of Christ to those being lured into, caught within, or leaving prostitution, we seek to make known the hope of Christ and to introduce freed captives to supportive communities of faith.
Opportunities:
  • Join intercessory prayer teams for the Daughters of Bulgaria ministry
  • Follow us on social media (Instagram & Facebook) and pray
  • Through internships you can live in Bulgaria to help develop and advance the Daughters of Bulgaria ministry through social media, event planning and networking.
  • Mature women/marrieds who have a passion for and feel called to work with these women, who will live in Bulgaria long term to assist with and advance the Daughters of Bulgaria work

 

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University Ministry

Despite its Communist era concrete block look, Studentski Grad (student city) is one of the fastest changing neighborhoods in Sofia, with flashy new bars, clubs and fast-food joints springing up to satisfy the appetites of ‘New Bulgaria.’  The area is known for its 24/7 partying along with the academic venues of its various teaching institutes and colleges.  We seek to demonstrate the love of Christ in Studentski Grad through developing an outreach presence, and seeking to grow various ministry vehicles to nurture Christ-directed relationships.  We desire to demonstrate the love of Christ in this profoundly strategic community in order to make known the hope of Christ and introduce young adults and university students to newly planted and existing communities of faith.

Opportunities:

  • University ministry trained individuals who will live long term in Bulgaria to assist with and develop a believing community among university and young adults
  • Young adult/college aged individuals to participate in our summer Internships, reaching young adults through teaching English in Studentski Grad
  • One to two-week mission teams of young adults/college students developing Christ-directed relationships with Bulgarians through various activities
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English Language Ministry

Bulgarians are seeking to improve their English for various reasons: diplomas and degrees, career advancement, and as a way to meet new people. In partnership with churches, English Clubs seek to provide quality English lessons and an opportunity for Bulgarian Christians and non-Christians to interact. Once a month we focus our English lesson on a theme from the Bible (What the Bible says about…) In addition, we host a week-long English Camp in the summers, where we present the Gospel. Through these clubs, many Christ-directed friendships are formed by one-on-one meetings and group activities, such as game nights, movie nights, and seasonal parties (like Christmas and Easter, where we share the Gospel). 

Opportunities:

  • Individuals interested in an internship up to 11 months or two-year short term experience where they can use their native language to build relationships and demonstrate Christ’s love
  • Individuals with experience teaching English as a Foreign Language and/or certification in ESL/EFL to live long term in Bulgaria to assist with and deepen Christ-directed relationships with English  language learners
  • One to two-week mission teams that participate in events for English language learners, such as the summer English Camp

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Sofia Christian Academy

Teaching at Sofia Christian Academy (a homeschool co-op) in Sofia, Bulgaria, is a unique way to serve God on the mission field! Teachers at SCA are fulfilling God’s calling to demonstrate the love of Christ by teaching missionaries’ children in a Gospel-centered way, allowing their missionary parents to serve more effectively. For many missionaries, the ability to remain on the field is closely tied to their children’s access to education. This is a ministry both to parents and students that supports multiple mission organizations which are doing a variety of ministries throughout Bulgaria.  SCA has a 4 day week, Tuesday-Friday from 8:45-2:30. This allows teachers to be involved in other areas of service. 

“My son was sick one week. I quickly became aware of the importance of our school running... One big reason is that while my son was sick, I was not able to get any language learning or ministry opportunities accomplished during that time. I am so so thankful for SCA and how much it is a gift to our family!” -Marianna Laughlin, MTW missionary and SCA mom

Opportunities:

  • Individuals/Couples interested in an internship of 11 months or two-year short term experience where they can use their teaching skills to minister to missionary children and their families. Individuals/couples with teaching degrees and experience either in the classroom or in cross-cultural context is helpful but not mandatory.
  • Individuals/Couples with teaching experience to live long term in Bulgaria to teach and assist in the running of Sofia Christian Academy

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Sports Ministry

A great way to build relationships and break down barriers is through sports. Sofia offers a wide spectrum of sports: football (soccer), American football, volleyball, tennis, and basketball. Through coaching and/or playing in both team and individual sports we find avenues to build Christ-directed relationships with young men and women. We seek to demonstrate the love of Christ to make known the hope of Christ those who love sports and introduce them to communities of faith. 

Opportunities:

  • Individuals/Couples interested in an internship up to 11 months or two-year short term with experience and knowledge of a sport and desire to form relationships with players and/or coaches
  • One to two week mission teams to invest in this ministry through summer sport camps