The Millet people group consists of about 87,000 Turkish speakers in Bulgaria. Their shared identity is a legacy of the Ottoman Empire, when they were recognised as an ethno-linguistic minority. The Millet are predominantly muslim, but efforts are being made to plant churches among them. Pray for fruitfulness.
In January, the team distributed relief products to the poor in one region. Pray that these gifts would become an effective tool in spread the love of the Lord. Please pray that the spiritual growth program will be successful causing the new believers to settle well into their local church. After one church's evangelism seminar in January, the church members had a go at overt evangelism on the street. Please pray that this opportunity to spread the gospel to unbelievers would bear fruit in powerful dreams, visions and testimonies among those who heard the good news.
63 million people living in 68 countries, huge numbers, but each one is an individual who needs to know Jesus loves them. Pray for the teams living and serving among Turks, especially those working in areas where it is dangerous to share Christianity openly. Pray for God to give these workers faith, courage, wisdom and protection.
Please pray for TEN’s Covid-19 Relief Fund, set up to assist partners in Eastern Europe facing serious economic consequences as a result of the closure of businesses, restricted travel and loss of employment affecting church members. Partners are bringing food to the hungry and using social media and online meetings to stay in touch with their communities. Learn more at www.ten-uk.org.
Bulgarian law changes threaten the current freedoms of Christians to assemble, publicly share their faith & be identified as an evangelical church member. Pray for evangelical church leaders, for unity among the churches & that these proposed changes will be dropped.
Bulgaria is still ranked as part of ‘Emerging and Developing Europe’ in IMF's recent World Economic Outlook report. Since the end of Communist rule, Bulgaria has been undergoing a slow and painful transition to a market economy. It has made significant progress since joining the EU in January 2007 but remains the poorest country in the EU. Gender inequalities are still prevalent. Despite economic improvement, there is high unemployment and many church leaders leave the country to find work. Please pray for Christian agencies working with vulnerable children and families, and for Christian media ministry to positively impact the nation with the gospel.
In the past decade Bulgaria has pressed ahead with market reforms designed to meet EU economic targets. It has achieved some growth, seen unemployment fall a little from highs of nearly 20 percent and brought inflation under control. Nevertheless, incomes and living standards remain very low. Pray for the government of Bulgaria as it seeks to respond to calls from the EU to take urgent action to tackle crime and corruption.
Population: 7,101,859 (2016 est)
Official languages: Bulgarian
GDP (PPP) per capita: $20,327 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 74 years
Religions: 83% Bulgarian Orthodox, 11% Muslim, 4% Atheist or Agnostic, 1% Catholic, 1% Protestant