December 8, 2017 – We are busy with the Virtual Christmas Gift Box assembly and delivery as well as our Store Christmas promotions but I wanted to take this blog to connect you to our 2017 year in Review Report. Click Here to view the report on line. (https://almellinger.typepad.com/Team%20Balkans%202017%20Report.pdf)
God has been busy and that means we have been busy too. Some highlights include:
- 10 church plants started
- 4 pastors ordained
- 8 men beginning the ordination track
- a new livelihood Group started
- opening of 2nd retail store in Bulgaria
- Team Bulgaria grew with the Sweet’s arrival
- Started a Bible School with Disciple the Nations (Currently 3 locations)
- And so much more.
This all happens because of your prayers, encouragement and support. We do not take that for granted and want you to know that we Thank God often for you and how much you help! We cannot do what we do without your partnership.
Prayer and Praises:
We do not have all the funds in but from what we have been told it looks like we have reached the $10,000 matching fund as part of Giving Tuesday last week! Praise God for this will allow us to fund the church planting programs for most of 2018! (It is an on-going program that can always use funds) https://give.fmcusa.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1331
We are going to be helping 450+ kids and families have a Christmas that would most likely not have one through the Virtual Christmas Gift Box Ministry. Praise the Lord and thank you for your gifts to this. https://give.fmcusa.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=560
(Ordination Service in November 2017)
Pray for the Wells family who are currently stateside looking at their situation and seeking God for what to do next. By the way – Ruthie got a good report on her ear and that is a HUGE praise.
As the year draws to a close you may have some funds that you want to give to a good project. Here are a few more that we will be working to fund in the coming year!
2018 Summer Family Camp – this is the first time we will be trying this and we are needing scholarship fund to help our pastors be able to attend – Click here (Balkan Development Fund) https://give.fmcusa.org/donation/df-epbgbalkndev
St John’s Home – this is the safe house for Girls. We are in the remodelling stage and hope to be operational by mid year. That is when the monthly support will be needed to pay for food, utilities clothes and such. We are looking for folks who will start now helping us help these at risk girls who God love so much. Click here to give https://give.fmcusa.org/donation/df-epbgantitraf
Don’t forget Diane’s 60th on January 16, 2018 – please send cards to Diane Mellinger Vasil Kunchev #39 Petrich, Bulgaria, 2850 – Thanks!