When Yordan Sotirov came to London in 2011, it was to make a living for his family.

“For 20 years I had been a pastor and church planter in Bulgaria, but it was impossible to survive.” And so, for three years Yordan was cleaning windows in west London. When a friend from church suggested ‘maybe God has plans for you to serve him in this country’, Yordan responded, ‘This will never happen.’ “I’m really ashamed because I didn’t have belief that God could use me in ministry.” After encouragement from the elders at his church, Yordan applied for a missionary role in Newham on the other side of London. “God has done so much in the past seven years. Amongst the Bulgarian community, I have come to know more than 200 people, and some have come to faith.” At the end of last year, Yordan’s journey east continued as he took up a new role as a team leader in Dagenham. “I’m still making the 25-minute journey to Newham once a week to support the Bulgarian Bible study which has been growing over recent years. But my focus is now on Dagenham – I’ve been getting to know church leaders and it’s exciting to think what God might do through Christians this year.”

This article is taken from our quarterly prayer guide Together. Please use it to pray with us, walk the streets we walk, meet the people we meet, and see the challenges they face.


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