Liberty House at last has 3 fully functioning internal toilets, 3 showers and 3 washbasins.  This is a HUGE step in the progress of Liberty House and when we look back on the journey we are astounded at the results. The image below is what the back of the house looked like when we first purchased the…

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Homeward Bound

The other day while ministering with a couple of expat ladies here in Sofia, I was asked if I have any big plans for this Christmas. My teasing response to them was that we actually did have big plans for Christmas, really big plans as OUR FAMILY ARE GOING TO AFRICA for Christmas! When I shared…

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A hero of faith and freedom: Corrie Ten Boom

One of the highlights for us this month occurred during our trip to Holland. When we took the opportunity to visit the Corrie Ten Boom museum in Haarlem. We were so blessed by the gospel message that was so openly shared by the Corrie Ten Boom museum and were without doubt challenged by Ms Ten Boom’s message…

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A Gypsy Wedding – Grant Small

A wedding is a time of celebration.  A time where the love between two people if formally declared and family and friends gather to celebrate.   On Saturday 25thJune, I had the opportunity to attend a gypsy* wedding in the Roma quarter Nadeshda, Sliven.  Before the wedding our host, Bojidar, showed us around the area.…

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Serving the Gypsy (Roma) Community

We have intentionally obscured the faces of the folk we served to protect them, their story and their identity from further exploitation, but please don’t let the sombrero detract from the daily struggles. This past month I was blessed with the opportunity and privilege of assisting a young Bulgarian woman arrange and distribute wood to a few…

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The Refugee Crisis – Our Perspective

Recently however, a headline statistic struck a heart string that really resonated with us.  It read … The global refugee crisis reached a peak this year, and is still climbing. At this time in human history there are more refugees and displaced people than at any other time on planet earth. 65.3 million or 1/113…

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CJ’s Journey (Ciara-Jo)

For the last 2 years I have had the awesome privilege of teaching 17 incredible children. Some days I have to remind myself, is teaching ministry? Is this what I signed up for when I moved to Bulgaria? The answer: No it’s not what I signed up for. But I do believe that’s why I’m…

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Goals versus Journey – by Grant Small

As I reflect back on the past year and a bit since we purchased the house, I must confess that I have had to learn a lot about God, life and myself. As a driven and goal orientated person I have most of the time become very frustrated at the slow process of purchasing and…

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Hope

With the recent refugee crisis and tragic bombings & shootings in Paris, Israel & America, “Донесе Надежда/Bring Hope” has been a phrase that is used fairly liberally on social media and with many NGO’s. As believers – we all pretty much equipped to write a doctoral thesis on love. We sing about love, talk about it, discuss its characteristics and…

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Learning to See

I recently finished reading an incredibly inspirational book called Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull.  It is the story of Pixar and the culture that they have developed in their organization.  You may well be asking at this point “What this has to do with the fight against Trafficking in Persons?” So, let me explain… In…

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