Al & Diane Mellinger



The Mellingers serve as missionaries in the Balkans. They are part of Team Balkans, which includes the Light and Life FMC in Bulgaria (Legal Church), the Anagenesis Foundation (NGO), International Fellowship of St. John (NGO), and New Start LLC (a company of creative livelihood groups and micro-enterprise businesses). The missionary team is developing a holistic approach to ministry that includes the spiritual, educational, economic and social programs that work together to serve people. Currently, the work is in Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Serbia, with contacts in Romania and Albania.

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Pray for:

  • St. John’s Home for at-risk girls (anti-trafficking safehouse)
  • expanding work in Macedonia and Serbia
  • expansion of the livelihood groups to create a livelihood group at each church
  • safety in travel as the Mellingers teach and meet people around the country
  • 10.29.2020
    June 3, 2020
    May 28, 2020
    May 22,2020
    May 15, 2020
    May 8, 2020
    Spring 2020 update
    Mother's day is coming
    What is God doing during this global epidemic in the Balkans?
    Happy Eastern, he is risen
    Reflections of a (n almost) 60-year-old!
    Our pandemic update
    How are we impacted by the COVID 19 Virus?
    How are we impacted by the covid19 virus?
    States Side Partnership Building - Your Kingdom Come!
    Why economic development is needed
    Agriculture Update
    Balkan Provisional Annual Conference
    Happy Valentine's Day
    What does a movement look like?
    Thank you from the sunny school for the handicapped
    Economic Ministries Update
    2020 in 2020
    A Story about 10 Lev and Lily!
    Merry Christmas, and a reflection on our work
    As promised our new apartment
    What we have done so far (since being back)!
    Giving Tuesday Bonus
    What we do and why we do it
    funny thing happened on our return to bulgaria
    Made it back to Bulagria
    Chew Toys and Helping the Homeless!
    One Year later
    How do your retire?
    Year End Giving Ideas God is on the move
    You Never Know what God will do!
    New Church Plants Started!
    Holiday gift giving idea
    St John House Dedicated
    Christmas Planning well underway and your help in needed!
    Catching up and seeing what God is doing!
    Looking for folks to expand their partnership with!
    People we want to meet with while stateside
    Grand Daughter faiths dedication!
    Connecting with us while we are stateside: Faith, Hope & Love Tour!
    First trip for partnership building!
    Unexpected Reconnecting at Boston Market:
    We're back!
    Pebble in a pond
    Memory Lane
    T-Minus 19 Days and Counting:
    Light & Life Church Balkans Update
    An Additional Way to Help Us make a Difference!
    Tired but Hopeful
    Here's what's going on
    Church Board Meeting
    Bresnik Ladies
    Special Report and Request! - Spring Planting Promotion!
    Balkan - General Conferences Participants
    Conterfeit bill
    March 2019
    Celebration of David Carr’s Ministry
    Partnership Building 2019
    Farm Life to Missions Life
    The Seasons of Ministry Life!
    Heard any rumors about us?
    Love God,love people,make disciplines
    Church Planting Update
    On the Highway
    What a difference a year makes.
    A new year and a few things to reflect on
    We don't just sell stuff!
    Merry Christmas
    Regulation on Churches
    Year end update
    Around the World Shop Update
    Store Update and Prayer Request
    November blessings and concerns
    Why are we opening a store?
    Legal concerns and travel plans
    European meetings in Spain
    Possible new Bulgarian law could impact our work negatively
    Hope Church lives up to it's name
    Economic Workshop Idea!
    Fall check up time
    I am in awe, we serve a great god
    Christmas on my mind
    Sliced Bread or Book covers?
    A small world getting smaller all the time
    Looking for help this holiday season.
    Team Balkan Overview and Update!
    A guy named Krum.
    Try one or both of these ideas!
    First Balkan Family Camp 2018 has...
    Family Camp Bulgarian Style
    Partnership by the numbers
    Family Camp at SBC
    Working hard in a different way
    June 22, 2018
    June 15, 2018
    June 4, 2018
    May 25, 2018
    May 18, 2018
    May 10, 2018
    Big announcement
    Prayer and Praise Reports
    And We are Off
    April 12 2018
    April 5 2018
    Happy Easter 2018
    Partnership is fast approaching
    International Woman’s Day – March 8th
    Spring Snow In Petrich
    Have a missionary for dinner
    Team Balkan Ambassadors
    Partnership building 2018
    A quick trip for US
    January 25, 2018
    Take time to chill
    January 11, 2018
    House Warming Party
    New Year 2018
    Christmas 2017
    December 14, 2017
    December 8, 2017
    November 30, 2017
    November 25, 2017
    November 18, 2017
    November 10, 2017
    November 2, 2017
    October 26, 2017
    October 19, 2017
    October 12, 2017
    October 2017
    “The Holidays are coming!”
    September 21, 2017


    Al – April 14

    Diane – January 16


    July 2

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