A Week in Unatzite

So after the week in Kyustendil we went to Unnatzite, a little town near Pozerdjik. We picked up another short-term Missions team of women from California.

The trip was focused around a VBS program for the Roma children in the village. It was really hot but we worked through it and had a great time with all the children. While the women stayed at a hotel nearby us guys stayed at the pastor’s house. The pastor, Sasho, is a really great guy who works hard on his farm eveyrday.

We toured his farm and prayed for it and blessed it. We went to a town called Plovdiv and visited the sites there. I believe one of the oldest places in Bulgarias is in Plovdiv.

I had an excellent time attempting to chat with the Roma who work on the farm. Everyday they go out on the fields and work and in the evening they gather around outside and just talk. I hung out and talked with them as far as I could with my Bulgarian.

THe mission trip was a different pace than the previous one. It was neither better nor worse. There were different people and different experiences. The point is that there is no “one way” to see a short term mission trip. Each trip is filled with different needs, different tasks, and different experiences. I like how missions trips can be so different and yet all be for the purpose of loving people. And each time we host a short-term Missions team it is always refreshing and energizing.

About Mark Henke

Mark Henke has been an active member in New Hope Church in Canton, MI for many years. Some of his responsibilities included teaching Kids' Sunday School and directing the Free Methodist Bible Quizzing team.
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