Bulgaria

Bulgaria

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Area: (slightly larger than Tennessee), total: 110,879 sq km (42,811 sq miles), land: 108,489 sq km (41,888 sq miles), water: 2,390 sq km (923 sq miles)

Population: 7,144,653 (July 2016 est.)

Population growth rate:  -0.6% (2016 est.)

Capital City: Sofia

Independence Day: 3 March 1878 (as an autonomous principality within the Ottoman Empire); 22 September 1908 (complete independence from the Ottoman Empire)

Ethnic Groups: Bulgarian 76.9%, Turkish 8%, Roma 4.4%, other 0.7% (including Russian, Armenian, and Vlach), other (unknown) 10% (2011 est.)

Languages Spoken: Bulgarian (official) 76.8%, Turkish 8.2%, Roma 3.8%, other 0.7%, unspecified 10.5% (2011 est.)

Life Expectancy at Birth: total population: 74.5 years / male: 71.2 years / female: 78 years (2016 est.)

Religious Groups:

  • Eastern Orthodox 59.4%
  • Muslim 7.8%
  • other (including Catholic, Protestant, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox, and Jewish) 1.7%
  • none 3.7%
  • unspecified 27.4% (2011 est.)

The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People’s Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

(SOURCE: The CIA Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.)

EEMN Serving in Bulgaria

Pr. David & Angela with Pr. Grozdan and young members of Holy Trinity Church

EEMN has begun a new ministry relationship in Bulgaria!

 

As a former Soviet occupied nation residing in the Balkan region of Europe, much of the country is still reeling in the aftermath since Communist domination ended in 1990. Many of the same economic, moral, and spiritual challenges darken the landscape of this otherwise beautiful and ancient land as has plagued other former Soviet Bloc nations where EEMN serves. Sofia, Bulgaria is also where Constantine the Great established his home and ruling headquarters, calling it, “my Rome,” and is evidenced in the vast archeological sites found throughout Bulgaria.

 

Pr. Grozdan and Slavitsa Stoevsky and their two children

Pastor Grozdan & Slavica Stoevski lead the congregation of Holy Trinity Christian Church located in Sofia, Bulgaria. They are a strong, missions focused fellowship of believers that are making a real impact in Sofia and surrounding communities. While our partnering relationship is still developing plans are already being made for Pr. Bob & Patti Nordvall to lead the congregation in Spring 2017 for a marriage seminar, as well as a spiritual training conference for leaders who serve in the congregation. In July 2017, EEMN will host our first weeklong Bulgaria Life and Adventure Camp for TEENAGERS! Along with a team from Holy Trinity Church, the Bulgarian teens will be engaged in life-equipping lessons from a Christian worldview, while day hiking through the Bulgarian Rhodopy Mountains!

 

We are very excited about this brand new ministry in Bulgaria! Please keep our fledgling relationship in your prayers, as we discern how the Lord would use our ministries to glorify His Holy Name in Bugaria!