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Picking apples and planting churches in the Balkans

Dragan Manev - Macedonian Church Planter

Church planter welcomes UK partners – Dragan and Biljana Manev

The Evangelical Church in North Macedonia has a big vision of planting 100 churches across the country, focussing on the towns and villages with no evangelical presence. Dragan Manev is one of the pastors faithfully taking this vision forward and he needs our support!

For ten years Dragan Manev served as pastor of the Evangelical Church in Veles, North Macedonia He is a graduate of theology. In 2017, the family moved to plant a new church in Resen, a town in the south-west of the country near the Albanian border. A small group of new believers now meet together in their home and he is developing one room as a Hope Centre for the community. Dragan is married to Biljana and they have two children, Daniel and Maria.

Resen is a small town with about 20,000 residents. Its main ‘industry’ is apple growing with many local orchards. Apples are picked and shipped abroad or sold to the town’s juice factories. For the last two autumns, Dragan has volunteered to help pick and pack apples as an intentional way of reaching the locals and some of the seasonal Albanian workers.

For Dragan and Biljana, sharing the gospel in Resen and the surrounding villages is their top priority. He regularly distributes food and clothing to the poor.

Dragan receives little to no income from the church plant (church planters in Eastern Europe rarely do). If you would like to support Dragan’s ongoing work in prayer or finances please contact Melanie Griffiths at the TEN office on or 0117 961 5161.

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