One of Entrust’s earliest target countries, Bulgaria is now an established ministry training and sending nation. It started as a covert operation in the late 1970s with a handful of young Christians, hungry to learn and grow in the ways of God, living under a regime denying the very existence of God, let alone allowing Christians access to literature or teaching.
That first handful, 16 to be exact, studied smuggled course materials and met periodically with Entrust traveling teams for 3- to 5-day seminars to discuss, deepen their understanding and pray. They applied their learning in their local churches and passed it along to another group of faithful men. Those men in turn trained others.
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During the Cold War, Entrust focused on Christians behind the Iron Curtain, quietly training them for ministry, veiling their countries and identities in communications with the West. That era is past, yet its impact continues.
We heard that impact in the prayers of a Bulgarian pastor at our recent All-Staff Conference in Greece. Delcho and Nikolina Atanasov are products of Entrust’s ministry training and now shepherd several churches in Bulgaria, including one serving Roma (Gypsies).
“Mili Bozhe,” Pastor Delcho began in prayer. He continued to beseech God in Bulgarian (which, thankfully, God understands!), praying for people Entrust is training in currently restricted-access countries. Delcho’s country is now free; Delcho ministers without restriction and can pray for those who do not enjoy that freedom.
God has called Entrust to serve church leaders who enjoy freedom and those who do not. Praise God for all of them – for Delcho and the many like him that we can tell you about, and for those we’re training who we cannot name.
Some of Entrust’s earliest ministry took place in Bulgaria. Out of courageous teaching and mentoring visits to this then-communist land by early Entrust staff, came two of Entrust’s most esteemed ambassadors, Nik and Grace Nedelchev. Ministry continues in Bulgaria and surrounding nations thanks to the faithful efforts of Nik and Grace and their many second- and third-generation disciples.
BELOVED FOODS: yogurt, shopska salata (tomato, cucumber and cheese salad); banitsa (filo pastry); sarmi (stuffed vine leaves); musaka (this popular dish includes potatoes, eggs and minced pork).
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Nik Nedelchev came to Christ in Bulgaria during the Cold War. He was mentored by men from Entrust who traveled at great risk into communist countries to train young believers like Nik.
God has since used Nik to lead international ministries and to pioneer new territory for Entrust in similarly “dangerous” places. His thoughts on safety?
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Bulgarians are experts at whipping veggies into tasty treats. Try this delicious cold cucumber soup as an appetizer or mid-day snack, and as you do, thank God for Entrust’s deep roots in Bulgaria.
Наслаждавайте се! Naslazhdavaĭte se! (“enjoy!”)
Tarator – Bulgarian Cold Cucumber Soup