The Pomak are a Bulgarian people group, and they have all the same characteristics of Bulgarians except for one major difference: religion. Unlike the majority of Bulgarians, the Pomak are almost exclusively Muslim. Because of this major difference they are often considered outcasts. Islam is vital to their ethnic identity, however, their form of Islam lacks key Islamic practices and even includes several Christian practices. Because of this, they are not accepted by either religious community.Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Members of a Pentecostal church plant in Zlatograd along with three other churches participated in a Convoy of Hope Europe (COHE) outreach distributing Christian literature, such as children’s books, the JESUS film, and 1000 New Testaments.
In another COHE event in 2012, more than 12,000 people attended and 2,000 accepted Jesus as their Savior.
Pray that the efforts of COHE reach the Pomak.Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The Assemblies of God sent missionaries to Bulgaria in 1992, and since then over 300 ministers graduated from the Sofia Pentecostal Bible College and over 500 churches have emerged. As the church grows in Bulgaria, pray that ministries would reach out to the Pomak, and that churches would be planted in Pomak areas.Partnership // Move Beyond
“Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call’” (Acts 2:38-39, NIV).
- Many of the Pomak are isolated and outcasted; pray the church would be the first to show compassion and unconditional love to them.
- Pray that ministers coming from the Sofia Pentecostal Bible College would be lead to plant churches among them.
- Pray that God would call more workers, both Bulgarian and non-Bulgarian, to share the gospel with the Pomak.
- Pray for ministries like COHE, that community events and outreaches would take place in their region.
Interested in more opportunities? See the Wide Open Missions website.