I had the honor of spending a couple of days in the mountains near Velingrad. The Roma people in the village were very gracious in their hospitality. We had several church services and appointed a deacon in the church. It reminded me of my first trip into Bulgaria (in Samokov) many years ago. Dee Dee and I stayed with a wonderful family, who spoke no English. We had no idea how to speak Bulgarian. We spent the whole night basically playing charades and struggling to communicate. The next morning I attended a men's prayer meeting at 6:00AM, to pray for the village and the church. As the men started praying , I was moved, even to the point of tears because I knew their cry to God was sincere and heart felt. That's when God started changing my heart, it was not the poverty or the conditions that the Roma people lived in that moved me, it was the sincere cry for God! On this recent trip to Velingrad, I got to experience that same cry and heart for God and it was so refreshing. Even though I had very little translation help, I was able to understand some of the conversations, I still realized their sincerity for God. Every once in a while I have to be stretched and this was most definitely a stretching. I was out of my comfort zone on all accounts and had to trust fully on the Lord. Every once in while I need to be reminded of what God has done in my life and how good He has been to me. It is great to be reminded of the heart of why we came here and how humbled we are for His calling.
Daniel Chance Galloway