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.
by Emily T.*
I think it all started when people at the refugee church found out I played the violin. They pitched in and the church gave me a violin as a birthday present to use in helping lead worship.
One of the guys on the worship team was a 17-year-old who was writing his own worship songs in his language, but never had any formal music education. So I started teaching him the basics of reading piano music and Western music theory. Then a 17-year-old girl at the refugee Bible Institute, with whom I’d developed a friendship, expressed an interest in learning violin. I thought, “I’ve never taught lessons before, but I have been given knowledge and other people want it, so why not try to pass it on as best I can?”
Then it was the Christmas “choir” that got me into teaching a voice class. The only training I’ve had has been a few semesters of college chorale, but again, they had a desire to learn and I actually had something to give them.
I trust these students will lead the church into richer worship through the songs, voices and instruments they have to offer to God. I was super excited to use my God-given gifts in that way.
*Emily served at Entrust’s refugee Bible Institute in the Middle East in 2015 and 2016. She arrived willing to help out in any way possible, to encourage eager students and local Christians. Her willingness opened some surprising and beautiful ministry doors. Emily was Entrust’s first STEP (gap-year internship program) participant. Who’s next? Maybe you, or someone you know? Get in touch with us at STEP@Entrust4.org
Here’s a story sure to inspire. This Christian doctor set the bar high in terms of working hard, well past retirement age. Check out the book about this guy, mentioned at the end of the post. Looks like a great summer read!
Entrust is blessed by several staff members apparently cut from the same cloth as Dr. Becker. Rather than hitting the golf course, they continue to serve, to work, to travel to invest in people’s lives to the glory of God. Thank God with us for our senior staffers. May we all follow in their footsteps!
Entrust’s first STEP* staff member, Emily, is on her way in a few short days to the Middle East to provide much-needed help at Entrust’s Bible institute for refugees. Students at the institute are relatively young in their faith and motivated to learn. Emily is relatively young and eager to serve. It’s a match made in heaven.
Pray for Emily’s safety in this volatile region. Pray for additional monthly financial partners to join her support team and pray for current partners to be faithful in giving throughout her 12-month term of service. Ask God to work mightily in Emily and through her in this strategic ministry.
*Serving To Equip People, find out more.
“I told him, ‘I want to serve you and I want to be your disciple. I will serve you whatever it costs and I will serve you whatever the price.’” – Layth I., Entrust staff member in Kurdistan, describing his tearful conversation with Jesus when God convicted him of his sin during an evangelistic meeting in 1996 in the Middle East.
Layth and his wife, Ilham, serve cross-culturally in Kurdistan. They’ve planted churches, discipled new believers and now minister to refugees. Layth tells people about Jesus at every opportunity.
Kevin, Stuart and Bob are back! With Raisinettes and popcorn in hand, we are SOOO excited to enter the world of spongey yellow overall-and-goggle-wearing minions as they star in their own feature film, opening today.
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