Celebration of the Successful Completion of the MIP for the Ministers in Sofia

As the Coordinator of the MIP program, I always know that even though we have a good time together with the ministers who participate in the MIP courses, there always comes a moment when we have to part way and continue on with our service to God (better equipped I hope!). The day to say goodbye was March 29, 2008 – it was our last meeting with those diligent men and women who took all four courses successfully. Of course, during our studies we had difficult moments, but at the end all were happy that their efforts have given positive results. 

The MIP in Sofia started in 2006, and was led by the President of the Theological College in Stara Zagora Dinko Zlatarov. He introduced the idea of the MIP to most of the ministers in the Sofia region, and on the first day of classes we had over 30 people. Praise God, no one dropped out!!! All stayed till the end! So we spent 2 years, in which we slowly moved forward gathering together to study the Bible almost every Saturday. Thanks to Dinko Zlatarov's initial efforts and the help of other teachers from the College we were able to cover the material, but more importantly than that we were able to create friendships and partnership with the pastors and ministers who participated in the program. We had celebrations for special occasions; we visited and ministered in their churches, etc.  

Finally, we came to the finish line, and what a better way to celebrate this success, than to have a party!!! We all gathered at the Central Church of God building in Sofia. We started with some encouraging words from Dinko Zlatarov (videotaped the day before and sent to us all the way from the US), and after that we had a time of praise and worship. The sermon was delivered by the Administrative Director of the Theological College Raina Koleva. After that we presented each of the participants with a certificate for successful completion of the course of study. Of course, the party would not be complete without some refreshments, sweets and the famous Sofia banitca (salty pastry with cheese). Then we said goodbye to our friends and coworkers from the Sofia region and promised to continue to keep in touch and to provide them any educational support that they might need to enhance their ministry.

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