Gosh how do I go about writing my personal experience in Kyustendil?
In September I was asked to join a group of 9 to go Kyustendil, Bulgaria, to the Galloway's Ministry. It took me two months of struggling with the flesh and a few scriptures guidance from the Holy Spirit before I obeyed the Lord. Blessed The Lord, He gave me two scriptures to confirm the blessing. 1. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. Psalm 138:8 2. 'Behold, I have set before you an open door' Revelations 3:7.8 Instead of going to support the leader of the group and coming home to get on with my Christian life in the UK. The compassion of Jesus, which I have prayed for so much, has manifest in Kyustendil with the Roma people of Bulgaria.
I was there for 5 days. The only way I can describe it is that JESUS IS ALIVE, to see their love and belief of Jesus, and their enthusiasm to tell others, the great joy of receiving Bibles, knowing their divine right to healing, with expectations, believing that Jesus had took all on the cross, hungry to learn and understand The Word, praying, their praise and worship.
There is a Service somewhere in Kyustendil in villages every night. Lead Pastor supporting Pastors thinking nothing of travelling over an hour on bumpy roads, to support a service, with musician to play and sing with the congregation. Services lasting 2 hours, afterwards prayer, every Saturday a two-hour Bible class with prayer for leaders and pastors.
When I got home to the UK, I cried. To walk into a beautiful warm house with all I need. We are so pampered living in the UK. Blessed mightily by Our Heavenly Father. When I came back to my family home in the UK in 2009 with nothing but my clothes, a few books and of course JESUS. The Lord took the money and supplies of this world for His kingdom to bless me.
Most important for me while in Bulgaria the Lord show me a gift that I had not been working in, prophecy. It was so open for me at the services and I could see clearly. At first it was scary and I was concerned it could be from the flesh. Had a few sleepless nights but at each meeting I found I could not stop myself. Blessed the third night I read an old devotional, below.
The end result of prophecy is to comfort, encourage, edify, strengthen, exhort, stimulate and help. These should be the guidelines for prophecy within the New Testament church. We, as believers, are given the sole responsibility in ministry to build others up. This takes place in various ways as we walk in love, promote harmony and peace, and seek the true welfare of others. We must prophesy unto the edifying of the church, and speak things that are good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others. During this trip I asked many questions of The Lord at night in my bed and He answered straight away. I found during those few days it was so open and transparent, now I am back in the UK I will not let that go. The door is open, I am in this world but not of this world. Romans 12:2
I was blessed, loved and appreciated more than I could ever of given. Love to Bobby and her husband, Lubcho, Alex and his fiancée and all your precious Sheep.
Blessings and love with a thankful heart
Your Sister Annmarie
My relationship with the Galloways has been growing for a while now. Chance was my softball coach, I was a teachers assistant for Dee Dee one year, I went to high school with Mitch and Catherine, I was a leader in Jessie's youth group and I met Alan when I was playing softball. It intrigued me when I found out they were going to Bulgaria for missions and I told them that I would go visit. And so I did!
The first time I went to Bulgaria was in June of 2012. It was my first international missions trip. Working with the Galloways and the ministry they do with the Roma people truly opened up my eyes and my heart to the calling of missions that God put in my life ever since a young age. I realized working with them and their ministry the calling I had and I followed that calling and I have been doing ministry in multiple countries ever since then. I was in Honduras for about a year before I went through some really tough times of anxiety, depression, etc due to some of the stuff that happened there. I came home to Columbus in March of 2014z I was in a bad place. Confused, lonely, sad. I didn't know where to turn. My ministry calling has always been very obvious but I didn't know where the next step would be. Many different ministries were turning me away. Then, I spoke to the Galloways. They knew my calling and they said "come to Bulgaria, we could use some extra help". So I bought my plane tickets, and went! I was there for three months. I was able to see the day to day life of Dee Dee and Chance as career missionaries. As I am on my path to become a career missionary myself (now along with my future husband) I have been able to see how different missionary couples, individuals, and families function. The Galloways have been my role models on my journey. I have learned from them just by watching them live their lives. The way they handle each situation with biblical truth, the way the treat and interact with the Bulgarian and Roma people, the lessons and things that they teach not only the natives but to their family, it's all so inspiring...and they don't even know it! They welcomed me into their home with open arms, and shared with me about their ministry and lives with humble hearts. They aren't perfect, but the celebrate their imperfections. They teach and stress Gods grace. The one thing that really helped me more than anything during those hard times was talks and devotions we had about our Gods grace.
I have personal goals that I want to reach in my life. One of those is to follow in the footsteps of the Galloways. Which is really just following Jesus footsteps. They love like He loves. They let Him speak through them. They are great examples of missionaries that I would love to be like someday!
It is a real Joy and honor to be a part of your Ministry in Bulgaria,
God is working in you and through you, He has gifted and equipped you for the job he has called you to do.
Since my visit two years ago and coming back to Bulgaria now, I feel your ministry has expanded greatly, your hard work and perseverance is paying off.
So encouraging to see the youth speaking clear English, I thank God for your obedience and perseverance.
Thank you for letting us be a part of one of the Bible study groups.
We were very encouraged to see the teacher side of you, Chance, as you taught with such clarity.
I thank God for your lives, I have seen how you put others needs before your own needs, God will reward you for all your hard work.
My mission trip to Bulgaria was a wonderful experience in every way. The Galloway family is so gifted as missionaries, as representatives of God’s love for others, as hosts and communicators. As a team, we spent the majority of our time conducting VBS for the Roma children. We visited three Roma villages and taught Bible stories, made crafts, and led the children in praise and worship. The children were so affectionate, even only having known us for a few days, and in some cases a few hours. One day we took the children out in the country on a picnic and played games. I was shocked to find that, for some, it was the first time they had ventured outside the walls of their village! We also attended several Roma church services and a youth service. The pinnacle of our trip was accompanying twelve of the Roma churches on a picnic beside a small river in the mountains. There was praise and worship, some spoken word, and a number of baptisms in the river. It was a beautiful experience on so many levels. We also enjoyed some great food and had a little time for hiking along the river, which ended in a breathtaking view of the gorge.
Throughout our ten-day trip, the Galloways organized our activities so that we had a little down time to visit a monastery in the mountains, walk around the village, and visit a Turkish bath.
The work the Galloways are doing within the Roma community is difficult to convey in words. They have made tremendous inroads with the Roma and Bulgarian citizens. As you would expect, the success of their work depends on the strength of their relationships, and they’ve taken great care to lay a foundation built on mutual trust and respect. While we were there, they were just working to finalize a deal to purchase a few acres of land to begin producing food for a Food Pantry they were establishing and also as a vehicle to provide jobs for the Roma. They have invested in the people and the community. They’ve put their boots on the ground, planted their roots deep, and the fruits of their labor are souls being saved. This translates into a lost nation of hopeless people now seeing that there is hope. Their lives have value, they are loved, and they are children of God. As they understand these truths, they realize they are more than what society has told them, and they develop the courage and vision to reach beyond what is inside the walls of their village.
I can’t say enough good things about my experience in Bulgaria. The Galloways and the Roma people are as beautiful as their country. (And the food was delicious too!) I’m afraid the Galloways have spoiled me for any other mission trip and I hope to return again.
In November as I travelled with the Galloways to 10 different locations in 10 days, I saw the depth, integrity and effectiveness of their 4 years of sacrificial service in Bulgaria. They have built such a solid foundation, and it is very apparent that the people genuinely trust, honor, love and are impacted by their ministry. The Galloways live, and teach the true Gospel in an area that desperately needs to know the truth instead of dead religious tradition. This ministry is not haphazard in its approach but is intentional, Spirit led, and Kingdom-minded. They are tirelessly sowing into and encouraging both present and future leaders, equipping and mentoring, facilitating reconciliation and unity. I was so honored to partner with them just briefly in this great harvest field.
The Galloways love and trust Jesus. If that were all I had to say, it would be enough wouldn't it? Out of their love and trust of Jesus they seek His guidance for their ministry. They know the power to change things flows out of their love and trust of Jesus. They are plugged into that power and they let it flow through them. What results is a flood of love, mercy, grace, patience, wisdom pouring out of this ministry. They are walking through this life as imperfectly as the rest of us, but they know how to love and trust the One who is Perfect. When I think of their work in Bulgaria – this is what comes to mind…
Feed the hungry,
and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry
and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like an ever-flowing spring.
12 Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.
Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls
and a restorer of homes.”
Christ Community Church
The Galloway Family, led by Chance and Dee Dee are truly models of being effective missionaries in our world today. Having spent several days in Kyustendil, Bulgaria with this family, I was able to see first hand how they approach ministry and the tremendous impact they are having in the city of and region for the Kingdom of God. Walking with them thru the local market I observed Bulgarians greeting them with such joy and Chance and Dee Dee responding (in the language of the people) with embraces while asking about their families and situations. It is obvious that the Galloways have taken the time to get to know the people that they are with. In the ministry settings that I was blessed to be a part of, the Word of God was presented with power and clarity that is resulting in life change to both the people of Bulgaria and the Galloway family. This is confirmed by the rapid multiplication of church plants that is happening in the city and region. It is amazing what our Lord has done in the short time since he called this family to leave all that they had here in the US and move to a place that they did not know. They have given themselves totally to the call from God. I would highly recommend supporting this ministry financially and partnering with them by sending missions teams to come alongside them.
Christ Community Church
I was blessed to be able to spend a week with Chance and Dee Dee in November 2013 whilst on a mission trip. While we were with them, they took our team to a number of Roma churches, where we could see a few of the lives that they are ministering the love of God into. It is certainly not an easy mission field to be in, constantly being faced with the poverty, both material and emotional, that many of the Bulgarian and Roma gypsy people live in. Yet Chance and Dee Dee have such a love for these precious people, who are no less the children of God than anyone else.
The grace of God is hard at work in these communities, bringing freedom to those who are often held captive by the prejudice of others, as well as strict legalism in the churches. Chance and Dee Dee are bringing the liberty of God through Christ to them through discipleship programs as well as support and outreach for some of the Roma children, who often struggle in school, giving them a greater chance at life.
Bulgaria is a country with many issues, which has had a difficult past, but God’s message of love and acceptance to and of all through Jesus can, and is, changing that. By partnering with Chance and Dee Dee you would be enabling them to meet the needs of more of these people, both physically, but more importantly emotionally and spiritually as well. Chance and Dee Dee just love on everyone they meet, and that is the greatest gift we can give anyone. They are an inspiration and a blessing, and you can help them continue to be just that to the people of Bulgaria by partnering with them.
God bless you all,