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PLOVDIV, BULGARIA

According to UN predictions, Bulgaria is the world’s fastest shrinking country, thanks to business and political corruption, lack of infrastructure, and few opportunities for employment. While Plovdiv isn’t immune to these problems, it is actually growing. This former Roman provincial capital is blooming with a revitalized arts district and a growing tech sector, attracting people from all over Europe.

Although Bulgaria has been influenced by a thousand years of Christian values from the Orthodox Church, those values do not translate into eternal hope for the average citizen. The MTW team in Plovdiv works hand in hand with the Sofia team seeking to give Bulgarians the true hope that can only be found in the gospel. This message is best proclaimed and displayed through communities of faith—people who live, love, and serve together in their community while worshipping and proclaiming the risen Christ. The team’s vision is to help plant these communities of faith throughout the city, bringing eternal transformation to this ancient place.

MEET THE TEAM

Chung, Grace

God led Grace to Bulgaria to use her gifts to engage special needs communities in Sofia.

God led Grace to Bulgaria to use her gifts to engage special needs communities in Sofia.

DePace, Maeghan

Maeghan will serve with the Plovdiv, Bulgaria team as an intern via exercise and physical health as well as team support.

Maeghan will serve with the Plovdiv, Bulgaria team as an intern via exercise and physical health as well as team...

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A Wedding, A Reunion, and a Reminder of Impact in Bulgaria

As I glanced around I treasured what I saw: a bunch of American missionaries, volunteers, and children who've served with us in Bulgaria.

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Blessings Born Out of Relationships in Bulgaria

A Bulgarian friend, who doesn’t believe in any religion and didn't know how to pray, asked a missionary to pray with her for her family.

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They Think We’re Crazy: Empowering and Loving Sexually-Exploited Women in Bulgaria

She was rough around the edges, a bit older than most. They saw her on the street every time they went out. So they befriended her.

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Daughters of Bulgaria: Confronting the Sale of Bulgaria's Women and Children (Audio)

We don’t think of a country’s top export as being its daughters. Yet for Europe’s poorest and most exploited country, this is life.

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“You are helping me to understand!”

Each week a small group of five women in Bulgaria read a parable together and talk about it. The discussion opens doors of understanding.

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Seeing Them as Daughters

Do we see women who are caught in human trafficking the way Jesus does?

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One Day in Bulgaria with Lydia Goeglein: A Video

Follow along as Lydia Goeglein walks us through the streets of Sofia and gives us a glimpse into a day in her life as a missionary.

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One Day in Bulgaria with Dave Culmer: A Video

Spend a day with missionary Dave Culmer in Bulgaria, as he takes us around the city of Sofia where he is a jack of all trades on the team.

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Sports as Missions in Bulgaria: A Video

Sports is a great way to build relationships. Interns spent part of their time playing baseball and lacrosse, opening doors to the gospel.

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“I’m sorry that I can’t believe in God”

Her son had become a Christian, but she just couldn't get there.

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Vlado: A Life Transformed in Bulgaria - Video

Vlado, a former "Orthodox atheist" with a drug addition, is now a follower of Christ who is helping to plant churches.

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Church Planting in Bulgaria with Petko: A Video

Petko, a young, growing leader in the Bulgarian church, shares his role in MTW's church-planting efforts.

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"I'm Forsaking Christianity"

At a New Year's Eve party in Bulgaria, an missionary met a guest who'd recently stopped going to church. He wanted to know why.

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Give thanks for the many lives impacted by and among missionaries in Sofia, Bulgaria. Pray for the ministry to continue to multiply.

Pray for Bulgarians who are building friendships with missionaries to become interested in the gospel and drawn to Christ.

Pray for the Daughters of Bulgaria ministry and for women trapped in a life of sexual exploitation to discover the hope of Christ.

Pray for the women and children of Bulgaria caught in the dark world of trafficking and exploitation, and for the Daughters of Bulgaria minstry shining the light of Christ.

Pray for the young Bulgarian women who are introduced to Christ through small group discussions, Bible studies, and English language classes. 

Pray for the MTW team in Bulgaria and for those they serve.

Pray for those in Sofia, Bulgaria, who will be exposed to the gospel through our sports ministry. Pray that many would be drawn to Christ as a result of relationships built with believers.

Pray for those coming to faith in Bulgaria. And for those who can't yet believe due to a background deeply rooted in communism and atheism.

Pray for Bulgaria, whose population is considered to be 95% "Orthodox atheist" (Orthodox in name only). Praise God for Bulgarians who are coming to faith and helping to plant churches!

Pray for college students in Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to grasp God's deep love for them and surrender their lives to Him.

Plovdiv Church Plant

Your gift to this church plant will help to cover the short-term costs of renting and maintaining a new meeting and ministry space.