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SERVING IN SOFIA
Journey with the Haun Family as they are serving in Sofia, Bulgaria with the Church of the Nazarene.
Greetings to you! We are the Haun family: Joshua, Katie, Jude, Kaitlyn, and Levi. We have be living in Sofia, Bulgaria since September 2021, and we are excited to be fulfilling the call God has placed on our lives. Our primary focus while serving in Sofia is to begin the work of the Nazarene Church in Sofia. We will be focusing mainly on house churches, church planting, and multiplication over time. We are excited to work with local believers in Bulgaria to set out on sharing the love of Christ to those in the city of Sofia. We are excited to be returning back to a place of familiarity as we once called Bulgaria home just a few months after we got married and also to be able to share this place with our children Jude, Kate and Levi! Please pray for us as we follow the Lord's calling to Serve in Sofia.
Meet The Family
Birthday: December 24th
Loves snuggles with mama and Daddio, laughing at Jude and Kate, eating and sleeping
Birthday: May 1st
Loves baking, spending time with friends, flowers, windows open to the sun and laughing with my babies
Kaitlyn "Kate" Elizabeth
Birthday: November 28th
Loves baby dolls, singing, princesses, coffee & sweets!
Birthday: May 4th
Loves having coffee with friends, reading a good book, all things history, and discovering new places to hike and be in nature.
Birthday: April 19th
Loves anything with wheels, soccer, & hikes with Daddio
The city we call home is a beautiful and broken place that serves as the capital of Bulgaria and is home to almost 2 million Bulgarians. We are serving here with the goal of helping to start churches that become part of a church planting movement that we believe God has in store for this great city. Our family believes that the Kingdom of God is coming in Sofia, Bulgaria, and we are excited to be a part of the redeeming work of Christ as it transforms one neighborhood at a time all across this great city.
Katie and I have been married for 12 years and they have served in the Church of the Nazarene since that time. Katie grew up in Manchester, Tennessee, and prior to becoming a Nazarene missionary, graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a teaching degree. She taught elementary education for 5 years in Tennessee teaching 3rd and 4th graders English and Social Studies. She also served as the NYI secretary for the East Tennessee District for many years. She loves spending time hosting in our home, baking, and sharing life with friends. Katie is currently a huge part of our ministry here in Sofia where she leads a women’s bible study and teaches the children each Sunday during church. She is also charge of the mission finances for Bulgaria. She recently began her journey to ordination as a deacon in the Church of the Nazarene and is excited to see where that journey takes her.
I (Joshua) grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee, graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary, and spent 10 years pastoring and church planting on the East Tennessee District. I love to read a good book, explore my surroundings while running, and I enjoy having coffee meetings with friends. Since living in Bulgaria, I have found a love for hiking and being in the mountains. I am currently pastoring the first church plant here in Sofia, Домашна Цьрква (The Home Church), and spend a lot of my time preparing sermons, translating materials, and discipling new friends.
We are blessed with three of the greatest children in the world!
Jude is our energetic 4-year-old (soon to be 5) boy. He loves Hot Wheels, monster trucks, and basically anything with wheels. Jude also loves playing soccer or basketball outside, riding his bicycle or scooter, and being with friends. He loves to sing and showcases his voice as loud as possible in the car on the way to school.
Kate is our sweet and sassy 3-year-old girl. She loves sips of Daddio’s coffee and snuggles any time of the day! You can often find her coloring, reading a book, or playing with her baby dolls. She also loves swinging at the playground and singing. The Frozen soundtrack or movie is always on repeat in our house.
Jude and Kate attend preschool here in Sofia and have made amazing friends. They are improving daily in their knowledge of Bulgarian language and traditions. Each day when they are picked up from school their teachers brag about how much Bulgarian they are using and how well they are progressing in all of the subjects. We are so thankful that they are immersed in the culture and learning new things every day!
We also added a new addition to their family on Christmas Eve in 2022. Levi is our newest bundle of joy and we are thrilled to have such a blessing in our lives. Levi is eating and sleeping well and loves the attention he gets from his big brother and big sister. His smile is contagious and he’s just discovering his voice! We have all has been so smitten and can’t wait to see all that he becomes!
In our first year of marriage, we felt called to serve in Bulgaria as volunteer missionaries as a part of my education with Nazarene Theological Seminary. We served in Razgrad, Bulgaria, for 10 months. When we left Bulgaria, it was with a passion for this place, the people, the culture, the language, and the ways in which we experienced God moving. That passion never died. We are overwhelmed that now, 12 years later, we get to live in this wonderful place with our dear children, and participate in the movement of God all over again.
We are passionate about church planting and believe that God’s favorite way for individuals, families, and neighborhoods to discover the love of Christ is to discover the love of the Body of Christ; the church! We have a passion and a vision to see local expressions of the body of Christ penetrate and begin to transform the city of Sofia, one neighborhood at a time. We cannot wait to see what God will accomplish while we continue “Serving in Sofia”.
We want to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who prays, gives, and supports the mission of God through your partnership with the Church of the Nazarene. We believe in the movement of God through the people of God and are excited to be a part of it. Thank you for all the ways you enable missionaries, like us, to serve. Would you continue to pray with us and for us as the Kingdom comes in Sofia, Bulgaria!
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