Meet IM Missionaries Ken and Jayne Cash
Approved as career missionaries to Bulgaria in May 2020, Ken and Jayne Cash serve in Pleven, Bulgaria with Jonathan and Amy as they establish a church in that city and reach into surrounding villages. They help train Bulgarians in the work of the ministry, encourage the existing team, pastor when the missionaries are on furlough, and share the Good News with the Bulgarian people. Language acquisition is a big part of their lives right now. Ken, a natural extrovert, loves people and isn’t afraid to try out his new language skills. Jayne, a natural introvert, works very hard at learning the language and equally hard at engaging people to actually speak the language!
Bulgaria is less than 2% evangelical. Under the influence of communism for so many years, people were encouraged to reject any type of faith. This left a great void in the hearts and lives of the people. Each time we traveled to Bulgaria, we interacted with respectful, friendly, people who lived with no hope. We finally came to the point when we realized that God was calling us to move to Bulgaria to share the gospel with the many people who lived there with no hope.
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Ken and Jayne’s story
Jayne and I are both first-generation believers. I was led to the Lord by my bi-vocational pastor who was also my boss. His influence and testimony led me to recognize my need of a Savior. As a new Christian, I attended Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College) where I graduated with a B.S. in Christian Education.
Jayne grew up outside Charleston, WV and accepted Christ as Savior as a result of the church bus ministry of Loudendale FWB Church. Jayne followed the Lord’s leading to Bible college in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated with a B.A. in Bible and English.
We met at college and married in 1982 serving at Woodbine FWB Church in Nashville before moving to Kinston, North Carolina in 1991. There we served under Pastor Archie Ratliff at Bethel FWB Church. We credit Archie and his wife Portia with 14 years of modeling, shepherding, and mentoring us in ministry.
Over the next 20 years, I served as senior pastor in three North Carolina churches. While serving as senior pastor, we met Tim and Lydia Awtrey when they were new missionaries. A friendship and partnership quickly formed, and I traveled to Bulgaria for the first time in 2006. Over the next twelve years, we would return to Bulgaria six different times. Each time we went to Bulgaria, our hearts were impressed with spiritual darkness, a people with no hope, and the great need for the gospel.
How they are ministering to the people in Bulgaria
Language study and teaching gives a unique opportunity to share Christ with teachers, language helpers, and students.
Discipleship opportunities with new believers
Assisting in the administration of The Hanna Project – Bulgaria
5Preaching and Teaching Opportunities
6Mentoring Bulgarian Nationals
How you can pray for Ken and Jayne
- Pray for us in our language study that Christ will be glorified even while we are learning.
- Pray for us as we adapt to life in a new country and a different culture. May our hearts, minds, and spirits be willing to accept a new normal, and may we always let the light of Christ shine to the lost around us.
- Pray for our children and grandchildren and for us as we are separated from them. This is a new thing for all of us, and I know we will have seasons of grief. Pray that God will give us the peace that we need during this process.
You can partner with Ken and Jayne to reach the people in Bulgaria with the Gospel.