Thomas and Terry Myers Portrait
Bulgaria is a country still struggling to find its
way in a free market economy. Many areas outside the capital city of Sofia have unemployment
rates greater than 90%.
Here, Tom Myers,
the Baptist Union of Bulgaria, and the local Baptist churches are developing
ways to help families by creating long-term solutions to the problems of
unemployment, while ministering to the families' immediate needs. One of the
ways they are helping is to provide micro-enterprise loans that enable
individuals and families to start their own businesses or to expand existing
businesses. In addition, Tom and the local churches are helping families by
providing animals, seeds, fertilizers, and the necessary training so the people
can raise some of their own food.
Terry is involved
in a literacy program through Sofia
which reaches out to poor Roma children living in the neighborhood. The
program provides basic life and literacy skills to all the children, with a
special emphasis on the teenage girls who are at risk of being trafficked into
prostitution. She is also involved with a group doing outreaches to the
women and girls who work on the streets of Sofia. In addition, Terry assists with
networking between local churches in the Baptist Union of Bulgaria and local
American Baptist churches. In this role, she helps to establish links
between American Baptist congregations and individuals in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and Baptist churches in Bulgaria that
are interested in developing closer relationships.
- Pray for Terry and Tom as they serve the Lord is so many different ways as they reach out in love to the people of Bulgaria.
- Pray also for their sons Andrew (AJ), 18, and Nathan, 16.