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Today in Bulgaria, March 3rd, there are usually enormous celebrations going on all over the country as they celebrate Bulgarian...
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 and Kaitlyn. We are currently awaiting deployment to Sofia, Bulgaria by the Church of the Nazarene. Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, our departure has been delayed and we are anxiously waiting on borders to open so we can continue the process of obtaining our long term visas. Please pray for our family as we are in a long season of transition, waiting, and uncertainties. Our primary focus while serving in Sofia will be 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. We are excited to share this place with our children Jude and Kate! Please pray for us as we follow the Lord's calling and plan for our future in a cross cultural setting.
Our family feels as if we are coming full circle from where we started almost ten years ago! Joshua and I got married on January 1, 2011 and by November of that same year we were living in Bulgaria as part of the Nazarene Theological Seminary 365M program. We were young, adventurous, and eager to go wherever the Lord lead us! We served in Razgrad, Bulgaria as volunteers with the Church of the Nazarene for 8 months. Little did we know the Lord would call us back to this place we once called home to begin a church planting movement in the capital city of Sofia. We are not as young, and maybe not as adventurous (2 young children will do that to you really quickly), but we are still ever so eager to follow the Lord wherever He may lead.
After returning back to East Tennessee from our short stint in Bulgaria, we jumped back into pastoral ministry. Joshua led the Cowan Church of the Nazarene from 2011-2015 and then was invited by another church on our district to join their staff as a Church Plant Pastor. We served at Real Life Community Church of the Nazarene for 18 months while we dreamed, planned, envisioned, and launched a new church in the Blackman community of Murfreesboro. A short 13 months after we arrived in Murfreesboro a new church was born, Blackman Community Church, and is still thriving today!
If you know us at all Bulgaria has been bound to come up in conversation. We have keepsakes around our home, we have conversations with Facebook friends from Bulgaria, and we have memories that we share often about our time in Bulgaria. It is a place we have dreamed about sharing with our kids someday. When the Lord put it on our hearts to accept the ministry assignment in Bulgaria we were so excited! Now we won’t just share our experiences about Bulgaria with our kids but they will get to have their own experiences!
We have two children, Jude Ezra who is three years old and Kaitlyn (Kate) Elizabeth who is a year and a half old. Although they don’t really have any idea what is happening or will be happening in the coming months, we are excited for the way the Lord will use Jude and Kate to glorify Him and to build the Kingdom in Sofia, Bulgaria.
We are excited to start a church planting movement in the heart of Sofia and to see the Lord move through a city of over 1 million people!
As we embark on this new ministry we ask that you pray for us, pray for our kids, pray for our families back home, pray for the Bulgarians we will meet and become friends with, and pray for the Church as it blossoms in Sofia, Bulgaria.
We are excited to be Serving In Sofia. We hope you will journey with us!
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Due to Covid-19 we are still in Tennessee and still waiting for the approval to enter Bulgaria. During this time we are staying with family, playing at playgrounds, taking Bulgarian Language Courses, and taking advantage of the opportunities to spend time with friends and family.