I have talked several times about why Europe is in need of missionaries and why I am going over there to do my part, but I thought it might help if I highlighted more specifically what is going on in each of the countries in Europe. So, my plan for the next year is to share some data with you all about one country in Europe every Monday. The data I will be getting will be from Operation World. Operation World is an evangelical Christian organization that is concerned about fulfilling the Great Commission. They have compiled information on every country in the world and I want to share it with you so you can be praying for Europe specifically. I will also be using a book put out by Greater Europe Mission called “Prayer for the Nations.” Inside the book it has a guide for each country that makes up Greater Europe. There is much more detail then I will share, but if you want a copy of the book for your own prayers please let me know and I will get you one.
Most Bulgarians (~80%) claim to be Orthodox Christians, but only 2% of Bulgarians are Evangelicals. With a country of just under 7.5 million the number of evangelicals has increased from .4% in the 80s to 2% now. This has happened during a time where the overall population is actually in decline which makes it even more impressive. There are still a lot of Bulgarians who are clinging to the past and not willing to develop a relationship with Christ.
- More opportunities for discipleship
- More workers from within Bulgaria and elsewhere to spread the Gospel
- For the churches to reach out to their own communities and beyond their borders to people groups (24% of Bulgarians) that have not heard the Gospel