The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bandage the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and freedom from darkness for the prisoners, [to] proclaim the year of the favor of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God, to console all that they mourn, and foresee for those who are afflicted in Zion, to grant them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of justice, a plantation of the Lord for the exhibition of his splendor. -Isaiah 61: 1-3
Name(s): Hubley Family
Host Country: Bulgaria
Reaching people in Eastern Europe for Christ
Teaching them to become fully devoted followers of Christ
Encouraging multiplication through personal discipleship
WHO WE ARE
We both grew up in Christian homes and our families were active in our respective churches. We met in high school and married in 1994. Having continually served the local church in small groups and disciple making ministries, we felt a calling to missions in 2009 and finally arrived in Bulgaria in 2013 with 4 kids in tow.
WHAT WE DO
Our focus is discipleship. We use a variety of tools to meet and engage with Bulgarians who don’t know the Lord, but we also are called to be catalysts, challenging and encouraging Bulgarian believers to think intentionally and purposefully about discipleship. In this way, we believe in faith that we will see a disciple making movement rise up and spread from Central Bulgaria.
The hopelessness and mistrust of the post-communist culture can make forging in-roads a challenge, but it also makes the “Christ in us, the hope of glory” shine brightly. The spiritual remnants of communism have brought confusion between superstition, culture, and Biblical truth. Because we are viewed as a sect, gaining trust and the right to speak into people’s lives with spiritual truths takes a lot of time and patience.
Among other things, the Lord has allowed us to open “The Bridge,” a store-front ministry in which we can conduct English clubs, art classes, and game nights. As the name suggests, “The Bridge” helps us build bridges into our community and into personal relationships with individuals.