What Do We Do?What do we do? One of the verses the iSalt program was developed around is James 1:27:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
With that in mind, we always look for opportunities to share the gospel with those who have been pushed to the edges of society. In Bulgaria, these people can be found everywhere – in orphanages, selling flowers on the street, in the marketplace, walking in the park or the city center. Opportunities to let these people know that the Creator of the universe knows them by name and is seeking them out come at all times and all places, so we are always prepared for them.
In addition, we work months in advance to plan our schedule, working hand in hand with both leaders from the Bulgarian Baptist Union and with the local churches and organizations we work with in Bulgaria. A typical trip might include attending camp for one week, where you will meet and develop friendships with Bulgarian students and adults. It might include splitting into smaller teams comprised of both American and Bulgarian students and leaders and embarking on small mission trips within the country. These smaller trips may include visiting orphanages, street evangelism, construction, painting or anything else the local pastors or missionaries ask for help with. During the course of an iSalt trip, students will be asked to speak during worship services, sing, lead in craft times, teach English, lead small groups and serve in any other way asked of them.
Throughout the trip, we look for not only opportunities to serve others, but to learn and grow in our own faith. Walking through marketplaces that haven’t changed much in the past 2000 years gives a new perspective to reading about Paul talking to people in the marketplaces. Sitting in the ruins of a Roman theatre, it is easy to picture Paul speaking to the men at Mars Hill about the “unknown god.” Throughout the trip, we are in places where people named in the Bible may not have walked, but people who knew them certainly did!