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!