Sandy would love you to come visit and help minister, and fall in love with, the Gypsies!

Send the Fire Ministries takes place outside the four walls of the church.

If you would like to visit be prepared for hands on street ministry: Hugging, smiling, laying on of hands and flowing in the Spirit as you minister to the needy letting Jesus love the Gypsies through you. You dont have to speak the language, or have a special skill set, to pour out His Spirit.

We also need hands on people to minister with their manual labor skills for needs such as: roofing, plumbing, carpentry, as well as teaching Gypsies these skills as well so that they may be able to help themselves and others in the future.

If you have any connections with dentists or eye doctors and other health professionals, or are one yourself, there is always ample opportunity for hygenine instruction and hygene supply donations ie; toothbrushes/toothpaste/eyeglasses

If you would like to make a visit contact Sandy at sandy@riverlution.net

VISITOR INFO

Plane fare into Bulgaria is typically less expensive in the Winter and early spring months. Between June and August hotel rates and plane fare is generally almost double the winter/spring prices.

You can eat in Bulgaria for around 10 US dollars a day (depending on current exchange rates)

Because Sandy is going to be travelling frequently throughout the network of Gypsy churches in Bulgaria, as well as taking trips into Romania, Greece and Turkey, it is best to contact Sandy at least 3 months before you intend to arrive so that she can plan her schedule accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting

1.
What are the dress codes?
2.
What are the entry/departure requirements into and out of Bulgaria/Turkey?
3.
What is the weather like in Bulgaria/Turkey/Romania/Greece?
4.
Must I be a US resident to visit?
5.
If I only speak English can I visit?
6.
What type of items are necessary to bring on this trip?

7.

Is there anything that I should not bring?
8.
Are there cultural differences of which I should be aware so as not to offend anyone?

9.

When paperwork forms are necessary, to whom do I send these
completed papers/forms?
10.
What is the currency of Bulgaria?
11.
What is the Currency of Turkey?
12.
Are creditcards and traveller's checks readily accepted in Bulgaria/Turkey?
13.
Should I bring my camera/video camera?


1. WHAT ARE THE DRESS CODES?

AS IT WILL BE SUMMER TIME THERE, MODEST SUMMER ATTIRE IS ACCEPTABLE, AND FOR WORSHIP SERVICES, APPROPRIATE CASUAL “CHURCH” ATTIRE. (NO SUITS OR TIES REQUIRED.)

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2. WHAT ARE THE ENTRY/DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS INTO AND OUT OF Bulgaria/Greece/Turkey?

VISA: none required for a stay of up to 30 days in Bulgaria... A visa is required to enter Turkey. The cost of the visa is included in the package price. Visa arrangements will be made at the Turkish border in route to Istanbul.

PASSPORT: valid at least five (5) months beyond the return date from Turkey... Your passport must be on your person at all times (unless otherwise directed).

VISITOR MUST HOLD:

             + SUFFICIENT FUNDS OR RETURN/ONWARD TICKETS
             + VALID HEALTH INSURANCE

NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THESE REGULATIONS MAY RESULT IN FINES AND REFUSAL OF ENTRY

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3. WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN Bulgaria/Greece/Turkey

WEATHER INFORMATION for the region MAY BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET AT WWW.SOFIA.COM

Typically it is very warm and humid during the summer - The winters can be harsh in Romania and northern Bulgaria. But south of the Balkan Mountains, the warm breezes from Greece make the winters tolerable in Kazanlak and south of Kazanlak. Thank you Lord!

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4. MUST I BE A US CITIZEN TO VISIT?

No, but if you may want to check the following site if you are visiting from another countr

WWW.G3VISAS.COM

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5. IF I ONLY SPEAK ENGLISH, CAN I VISIT?

YES, You can pour out the love of Jesus with hugs, kisses and smiles! If you would like a translator one can be arranged for you for a minimum price.

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6. WHAT TYPE OF ITEMS ARE NECESSARY TO BRING FOR A VISIT?

You will want to bring your own toiletries and clothes. Money for food and lodging and travel, should you want to visit the Gypsies in Romania and Turkey with me.

COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES WILL BE A NECESSITY.

EACH ONE MAY WANT TO BRING HIS OWN ROLL(S) OF TOILET PAPER FOR USE, ESPECIALLY IN THE MORE RURAL AREAS. (Charmin now makes a nice portable travel roll available at WAl*mart in the paper products section)

IF you are bringing any sort of electrical devices you will require a converter adapter, AS THE electrical current IS 220.

ALSO, BRING SOME PACKAGES OF ANTIBACTERIAL HAND WIPES TO CARRY WITH YOU DURING THE DAY TO CLEAN YOUR HANDS AS NECESSARY.

HAND LAUNDRY CAN BE DONE, BUT DO NOT ANTICIPATE REGULAR LAUNDRY/DRY CLEANING FACILITIES AT ALL LOCATIONS.

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7. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I SHOULD NOT BRING?

YES, DO NOT BRING A “USA MINDSET”. UPON LEAVING THE US, YOU WILL BE EXISTING UNDER A NEW SET OF RULES. PLEASE DO NOT THINK THAT YOU CAN DO IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY THE SAME THINGS YOU DO IN THE US, OR DO THINGS THE SAME WAY, AS IN THE US.

ALSO, DO NOT BRING AN ATTITUDE THAT YOU ARE TRAVELING ALONE, AND YOUR ACTIONS DO NOT INVOLVE ANYONE ELSE.

ALSO, PLEASE LEAVE YOUR UNCOOPERATIVE ATTITUDES AT HOME! BECAUSE BULGARIA IS DIFFERENT THAN THE US AND YOU NEED TO REMAIN FLEXIBLE AT ALL TIMES. ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND THE REASON FOR BEING THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. WE ARE GOING TO SERVE, AND SERVING IS NOT ALWAYS CONVENIENT, EASY, CLEAN AND NEAT, OR DOING THINGS YOUR WAY!!!

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8. ARE THERE CULTURAL DIFFERENCES OF WHICH I SHOULD BE AWARE SO AS NOT OF OFFEND ANYONE?

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT MODESTY IN DRESS IS ESSENTIAL!!!

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9. IS THERE AN AGE/HEALTH RESTRICTION ON VISITORS?

PERSONS IN GOOD HEALTH MAY PARTICIPATE.
PARTICIPANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE TENTATIVELY ACCEPTED WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

  1. THEY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN or a CHAPERONE APPROVED BY THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN.
  2. ANY PARTICIPANT UNDER THE AGE OF 18, MUST HAVE A LETTER FROM THE PARENT/GUARDIAN, ALONG WITH THE MEDICAL WAIVER FORM, STATING THE RELEASE OF SEND THE FIRE MINISTRIES FROM ANY AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURY, LOSS OR DAMAGE INCURRED TO/BY THE PARTICIPANT, AND THE FULL ACCEPTANCE FOR ANY COSTS INCURRED IF IT BECOMES NECESSARY FOR THE PARTICIPANT TO RETURN/BE RETURNED HOME BEFORE THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CONCLUSION OF THE MISSION. (OF COURSE, DUE CARE WILL BE TAKEN FOR THE WELL BEING OF ALL PARTICIPANTS.)
  3. ALSO NECESSARY FROM ALL VISITORS, IS A LETTER FROM THE VISITOR’S PASTOR STATING THAT THE VISITOR HAS A SERIOUS INTENT/BURDEN FOR THE MISSION AT HAND, AND THAT THE VISITOR IS RESPONSIBLE AND SUBMISSIVE TO THOSE IN AUTHORITY.

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10. WHAT IS THE CURRENCY OF Bulgaria?

BULGARIA USES THE BULGARIAN LEVA. THE EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATES DAILY. (AS A SIDE NOTE, I USUALLY GET $50-$75 IN THE LOCAL CURRENCY FROM AMERICAN EXPRESS BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM MY HOME CITY. However, in years past, they were unable to acquire any Leva)

As of this writing, the exchange rate is: $1US = 1.59120 BGN (Leva)

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11. WHAT IS THE CURRENCY OF Turkey?

The currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira. As with Bulgaria, the exchange rate fluctuates daily.

As of this writing, the exchange rate is: $1US = 1,316,500.00 TRL (Turkish Lira)

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12. ARE CREDIT CARDS AND TRAVELER’S CHECKS READILY ACCEPTED IN Bulgaria/Turkey?

NO. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU ANTICIPATE USING CASH *** ONLY!! *** US DOLLARS BROUGHT FOR EXCHANGE SHOULD BE “CLEAN” CURRENCY. BILLS SHOULD HAVE NO MARKINGS, WRITING, INK, RED STAMPS, ETC. ON THEM. YOU MAY REQUEST FROM YOUR BANK, NEW, CLEAN, UNMARKED CURRENCY.

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13. SHOULD I BRING MY CAMERA/VIDEO CAMERA?

YES, DEFINITELY. HOWEVER, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE COMMON COURTESIES REQUIRED WHEN PHOTOGRAPHING/FILMING THOSE OF OTHER CULTURES.

I would suggest digital cameras over film, as the X-ray machines at the airports, both in checked and carry on luggage, damage film, no matter what the security guards tell you.

In the past I have been able to talk security into swiping my film, as opposed to scanning, but it does take some extra time and may result in missing a flight if we have a short layover, so it's not the most fool-proof solution.

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