About this Mission Project
Bulgaria is the poorest nation in the European Union. Retirement pensions are $90 - $110, insufficient to cover food, heating and medication. Orphanages feed, cloth and educate each child on $1.50/day. Employment reaches 80% among the Roma (gypsy) people. 50% of Roma children drop out of school by the age of twelve and only 10% finish high school.
The Sofia Baptist Church, established in 1888, was severely persecuted throughout the communist regime, has grown to over 400 members since communism’s fall in 1989.
They’re building Hope Center, to reach out to the vulnerable & marginalized with the Gospel of Christ. Hope Center will offer a medical center, training workshops & classrooms for after school programs, a food program, a job center, a day care center, family education & counseling services, and a conference hall with business center to rent out.
$100 will cover 10 square meters of tile flooring. $250 will carpet one room. $500 will buy radiators for one room’s heating system.
Mission Project Specifics
This project seeks to raise $150,000 to complete the interior of the Hope Center, a social outreach and training center operated by the Sofia Baptist Church in Bulgaria. Construction began in 2004 and they need help completing the interior of the multipurpose center. Funds will provide floors, ceilings, staircases, bathrooms, an elevator, paint, carpet, furniture and equipment. Hope Center will feed the hungry, provide low cost or free medical care, train the under-educated, and provide equal opportunity for those who are discriminated against and at risk for human trafficking.
This project will be managed by Teodor and Dimitrina Oprenov, leaders of Sofia Baptist Church. It is anticipated that this project will improve lives of hundreds of vulnerable people in the city of Sofia.
Connect to this Mission Project
• Pray with Teodor and Dimitrina Oprenov and their partners in Bulgaria that the project may be completed as soon as possible so that the Center can open its doors and begin to provide for the great needs within the community.
• Share this information with others in your community and in your church family.
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These Roma girls are part of an after-school program at the Sofia Baptist Church. Homework clubs help the children to succeed in school, boost literacy levels and encourage Roma children to continue their education. There’s also vocational training for children leaving the orphanages, as well as distance learning and IT skills training available at Hope Center.