Trif and Vanya were appointed to join the Bulgarian team in April 2014. The Bulgarian couple is planting a church in Varna, a city located on the Black Sea. Their efforts focus on engaging the atheistic population through seminars, events that revolve around national holidays, and the innovative Bread House (bread-making classes featuring discussion about the Bread of Life).
Raised in communist Bulgaria, Trif and Vanya lived as atheists. Both came to Christ through the evangelistic efforts of fellow students in their late teens.
The couple met at a church service while attending college and married in 1993. While at the university, Trif and Vanya became heavily involved in student ministry. Trif worked with Tim Awtrey and another expatriate missionary to begin the first student-led Bible study in the town. This led to a 20-year ministry with the Bulgarian Christian Student Union (BCSU).
The couple worked to establish new student-led groups in colleges and universities around the country. They focused on the discipleship and development of student leaders. Trif and Vanya sensed it was time to pass the baton of student ministry to younger workers and begin working as church planters. The Awtreys’ invited them to partner in planting Free Will Baptist churches. With board approval, they joined the effort to plant churches with strong discipleship training.
They have three children: Deborah, Monica, and Stefan. Pray for them!