I am approaching the end of my studies at ETF (Evangelische
Theologische Faculteit). The Lord willing I should be able to finish
my courses by the end of June ' 06 and head home to Bulgaria. You know
the verse which says "to man belong the plans, but to God the final
outcome." Well something similar happened to me. I thought I had all
figured out after I finish my Th.M. I could see myself teaching in the
Evangelical Bible Institute in Bulgaria. However, God had a different
plan for me.
after my wife and I came back to ETF I received a call from one of our
Baptist Churches asking me to become their pastor. Well, I did not know
what to say at that moment. After some time of prayer and listening to
the counsel of some other people who are in the ministry I agreed to
accept their call. So the Lord willing, we are going to First Baptist
Varna, Bulgaria when I finish here. It is going to be a difficult
move since we don't know where we are going to live and how we are going
to make it but I know that with God all things are possible.
Editor’s note: A Google
search on First Baptist Church in Varna indicates that the German
missionary pastor who had been serving there had to leave because of a
financial crisis in Germany. The church is not able to offer a salary or
a residence to a new pastor, so Alexander’s concerns regarding the
challenges he and his wife will face are very real. Please pray for the
Grozevs as they take this significant step of faith.
Well, I initially came to Canada with my
parents and then after a year was recalled to the ministry of my home
church in Sri Lanka, The Grace Evangelical (Reformed Baptist) Church.
After a year in the church they decided to send me to Bible College and
the default choice was Canada (‘cause my people were there). I was set
to go to Prairie Bible College, but on arriving in Canada and inquiring
we realized that the fees were far too high for our third world church
to afford. So, there was I left in the lurch, with a wanting and called
to study theology, an no school.
While in this befuddled state, an Asian church
in Edmonton recommended that I go to Central Pentecostal Bible School.
Since I come from a strict, Reformed Baptist persuasion this was not my
preference. So, I waited on the Lord and one fine day a couple from
Calvary Community Church informed me of NABC. I came to NABC, I saw, and
I was conquered!! I have never regretted studying their under the likes
of Carol Potratz, Hans Ristau, Werner Waitkus, Professor Randall, Glen
Scorgie, Richard Paetzel, Alan Effa and the effervescent Benno
Przybylski. I graduated in 1996 and then moved back to Sri Lanka to join
the other half that the Lord had so graciously chosen for me, and also
to take up the Sinhala (vernacular) ministry from where I left it.
I am now the father of two beautiful and lively
girls Nadhee (River) who is 8, and Suasha (Pure Desires/Hopes) who is 5.
I also continue to pastor the Sinhala Congregation of the Grace
Evangelical Church, am one of the Grace elders, and serve as the church
secretary! My ministry, which began with just three individuals (one
teenager and two children), has now grown to 35, including six families
and some youth.
One of the highlights of our community is the
AWANA program which I direct, and is conducted by a team of well versed
teachers. Through the AWANA program we have been able to reach a few
Buddhist kids. Please pray for this ministry in particular that we will
be afforded the Grace to reach out to more of kids from such backgrounds
in the coming year. Pray for me, my wife, and my girls that our
personal, family and social lives will challenge many to seek the Lord
and to want to know Him.