Bulgaria (MNN) — It's just larger than the U.S. State of Tennessee. Only a little over two percent of its population are evangelical believers. Perhaps it's not surprising that Bulgaria is often overlooked.
Bulgarians are generally very open to new ideas and to the Gospel. One Greater Europe Mission missionary who is serving in Bulgaria says, "This is an incredibly crucial time right now in Bulgaria. All of the kids between ages 15 and 25 are really desiring to follow something, but they have no idea what to follow."
According to a recent census, over 80% of Bulgarians are considered part of the Orthodox church. But GEM missionaries say those who call themselves Orthodox are really nominal. Bulgaria is also home for many ethnic and immigrant Muslims.
Bulgarian believers are excited to spread the Gospel and deeply desire one day to send out their own people as missionaries. Unfortunately, right now there simply are not enough believers to reach the masses of Bulgaria. GEM sends missionaries in Bulgaria to partner with Bulgarian believers and churches in order to help the Bulgarian church to one day reach its missional goals.
GEM asks for people to pray for the country whose rich harvest is so easily forgotten. Others will need to go.
GEM has a three-pronged approach of working among professionals, working with the marginalized and working with Muslims in Bulgaria. Currently they are most in need of Strategy Leaders (who nurture church planting movement), Educators: General, TEFL and Special Education Specialists (who have an impact in elementary, secondary and university level education and also are involved with evangelical churches) and University Campus Workers (who start new groups on campus and reach out to students). Other needs are for Administrators, Business Entrepreneurs, and Art, Music, Communications and Photo Journalism Specialists.