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1 Jewish Bulgaria and the Work of the Gospel there By Rev. Stanislav Alexiev – CWI Bulgaria

2  Christian Witness to Israel Myth & Reality in Bulgaria SOFIA Rousse Varna Plovdiv Stara Zagora Bourgas Pazardzik Jesus a priority for the Jewish people … Jewish mission a priority for the Church

3 Where is Bulgaria and what about the Jews there? My country is located on the Balkan Peninsula. It is between Romania in the North, Greece and Turkey in the South, Serbia and Macedonia in the South-east; and the Black See in the East. Bulgaria is more than 1300 years old. The Country went through several occupations – Byzantine; Ottoman, etc. With regard to faith, we have been enslaved by Paganism, Communist Atheism and today’s Post-Christianity Age. Due to our crossroad place, we have many people from different nationalities: Armenians, Tatars, Turks, Greeks, Gypsies, Pomaks, Romanians, Russians, Ukrainians, Hungarians, Serbians, Macedonians…and Jews. We have the Jews in our land years before the birth of Christ. Today there are about 3000 Jewish people living in Bulgaria.

4 Sofia Synagogue  Largest Sephardic Synagogue in Europe Dedicated Bulgarian National Romantic style Seats 1170 people Jesus a priority for the Jewish people … Jewish mission a priority for the Church

5 Synagogue is the place that I meet some of my contacts. There are not many religious Jews left in my country. Due to the Communism those who left here are atheists and do not believe in God. During the WWII we saved our Jews and did not allow Hitler to take them to his concentration camps. We saved about Jewish people.

6 Sofia  Jesus a priority for the Jewish people … Jewish mission a priority for the Church

7 The Church during that time has been one of the key players of the salvation of the Jewish people. I firmly believe that the mission work should be done only through the church. Most of my activities are done with the help and the prayers of my church. I am a minister with the Evangelical Congregational Church in Bulgaria, planed as church in 1864.

8 The Alexievs  Jesus a priority for the Jewish people … Jewish mission a priority for the Church

9 This is my family. My wife Margarita is great help in the ministry. We have two children – Tzveta is 13 now. And Julian, who is 9 this year. Without my family I cannot do ministry.

10  Mimi Jesus a priority for the Jewish people … Jewish mission a priority for the Church

11 Some of my contacts: This is Mathilda – she participated in the final stage of WWII. She is the only Jewish woman in Bulgaria with two bravery medals, one of which has been given to her personally from Marshal Tolbuhin. She professed faith in Jesus several years ago. She is very sick now, and I will value your prayers for her and her family.

12  Bitush Jesus a priority for the Jewish people … Jewish mission a priority for the Church

13 His name is Bitush, and he is a believer too. He comes regularly to the church. He likes to sing. He is a member of a Jewish choir and also sings in the church (next slide). Bitush is coming to my Sofia Messianic Bible Study Group. We meet every month in the church. There are two Jewish people in the group, one of them is Bitush.

14  Bitush Jesus a priority for the Jewish people … Jewish mission a priority for the Church

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16 I meet my contacts not just in the Synagogue, but as I supply their needs with Humanitarian aids. This has been my approach just from the beginning when I started with CWI in The vehicle that I use is great help, because the Jews in my country are mostly old people that need to be driven to hospitals, different institutions and I use the time we spend in the car with the to talk about the Lord. As you may imagine, they do not have choice, but to listen me

17 Bertha Valyo  Jesus a priority for the Jewish people … Jewish mission a priority for the Church

18 Bertha and Valyo are mother and son. They live vey poor life. But Bertha is a believer. Valyo is not yet. Here they are in the Hospital for some medical needs. I often drive them in different places in Sofia.

19 Moni  Jesus a priority for the Jewish people … Jewish mission a priority for the Church

20 God has given me unique opportunity to work among Jewish people with mental illnesses. I have several contacts that are sick that way. Moni is one of them. He has strong mental disorder. He does not go out of his house and it is difficult to meet with him. I buy his medications every month and meet with him regularly. Please pray for Moni.

21 Please pray for my work in Bulgaria. Pray for my other Jewish contacts: Dr. Oscar, Dr. Beraha, Dr. Astrug, Tatiana, Stephan, Theodora, Violeta, Georgi, Bogdan, Mrs. Koen, Haim, Dr. Pinkas, Dr. Danon etc. May the work here grows and gives glory to God!


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