Area: 110,912 sq km
Balkan state adjoining Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania.
Population: 7,497,282 Annual Growth: -0.63%
Official language: Bulgarian Languages: 16 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Evangelicals have grown, matured and unified in response to challenges and opposition of the past two decades. Pray for:
a) The Evangelical Alliance (BEA). Its work of drawing diverse churches together to act and speak with a common voice is crucial to further growth.
b) The Bulgarian body of Christ is capable of making an immense positive impact on this country where racial tensions abound and where hope for the future is rare. True unity amongst believers of different ethnic and denominational backgrounds could be a powerful testimony.
c) Sofia, the capital and Bulgarias only large city, has many churches, but more are needed. Pray for the nations centre of influence to be saturated with the gospel. Meanwhile, 2,500 villages are without any evangelical church. Pray that the peoples of the rural areas would not be neglected; their spiritual need is great.
Consolidating church growth is a priority. Pray for:
a) Training of church leadership. Residential, TEE and informal training courses (such as EQUIP and the Global Leadership Summit) are multiplying all necessary to prepare more leaders for growing churches. Pray especially for the interdenominational Evangelical Theological Institute, a cooperative effort formed through the merger of four different schools. Pray for the staff and students, and for provision of financial and academic resources necessary to provide a solid biblical foundation for ministry.
b) Discernment of doctrinal error. Every modern heresy and cult seems to have targeted this country Mormons, Jehovahs Witnesses, extreme prosperity teachings and other Christian and eastern cults are very active, sending many missionaries. Pray for wise leaders and a biblically knowledgeable Church to discern false doctrine.
c) New indigenous agencies have sprung up, many characterized by creativity and activism. They aim to reach children, prisoners, and ethnic minorities and to provide literature, Bibles, and Christian teaching in schools and camps. The need for wise coordination and adequate funding mechanisms is urgent.
d) Country-wide vision. Pray for the influence and use of the BEA and others in setting and achieving, by Gods grace ambitious goals for the effective evangelization of the country.
For an additional 9 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Bulgaria.