Dear friends and partners in ministry,
Most heartfelt greetings from Bulgaria! Europe is one big field of souls that cries for God's power to be displayed again through His Church - the body of Christ!
Looking at the harvest field in Europe (which according to estimates is over 500 million and growing) we realize that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. There is no one single ministry or missionary agency that can do the work of reaching the lost on their own. We need partners, we need the power of the Holy Spirit and we ask God to empower each and every coworker to do his or her part. We pray that God would give us grace and power to be obedient to His call on our lives.
This June 3-4, our ministry was part of the national team planning and facilitating the largest missionary conference in Bulgaria. I was so glad to be able to work with people from the largest denomination in our country and see around 200 people come to worship and pray together for the fulfillment of the Great Commission in Bulgaria and to the ends of the earth. We are witnessing a revolutionary change in the paradigm of missions in Bulgaria! For decades, our churches believed that Bulgaria can only be a receiving country, when it comes to missions. We have read the Great Commission over and over again and assumed that, "Well, this is a command that only relates to the Americans or the English or the Koreans, but not the Bulgarians." Today, and to a great extent thanks to the Kairos movement, more and more men and women, pastors and preachers begin to see missions as a mandate for the every believer in Bulgaria!
Last November we sent a team member and a partner to attend the World Kairos Forum in Thailand. We felt very strongly that one of the reason for him being there is to invite the Kairos Founder Max Chismon to visit Bulgaria and speak at our conference in June 2016. He has a special gift of catalyzing a movement and we wanted God to use him to further the cause of cross-cultural missions in Bulgaria. Praise God, that Max accepted our invitation! He was one of the key speakers at our conference and his message was right on target! If there was one thing we remembered from his message, I believe it was that missions is not just a part of the New Testament, but that the entire Bible from the day humanity fell into sin to the glorious recreation of heaven and earth, God has been on a mission to redeem His own creation! And we become His coworkers as we fulfill the Great Commission!
Our second key speaker was Rick Caningham. He brought a powerful challenge for many of those who desire to serve in missions. We went through Matthew 9:35-36 and then our study continued through Matthew 10:6. In the Spirit of prayer and worship the hearts of 200 hundred conference participants moved and cried our to God for more laborers for the harvest. We realized that in order for us to reach the lost and the needy, we need to make steps toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
- We can and should be moved by the needs of the lost and the hurting in this world. Jesus allowed the need of people to impact Him even though 3 years later the same crowds would cry, "Crucify Him!"
- The work of reaching the lost needs many laborers. We are called to pray and the Lord will send those He calls.
- And then, as we pray we may feel how God moves and guides us to go and be His witnesses to those He loves so much that He gave up His Son Jesus for them.