MISSION WITHOUT BORDERS
"Bringing spiritual, emotional, educational & material aid to Eastern Europe"

BULGARIA

Annual Manager's Report

The old year is gone, the new year has begun - but nothing new has happened in the daily lives of ordinary people in Bulgaria. As the Bible says: There is nothing new under the sun.

The problems are too many: low salaries, slow reforms in education and health care, bloated administration, red tape, corruption, an ineffective judicial system, a large and non-integrated Roma minority, growing nationalism, new increased costs of water, electricity, basic foodstuff. 

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Due to the despair in the nation, more and more Bulgarians (young students and workers) are leaving in search of a better life. The population in Bulgaria continues to decrease with one of the fastest rates in Europe, with a greater proportion of older people. In 2017, the number of Bulgarians was reduced by almost 1% to 7 million. The number of people employed in Bulgaria is less than the number of those that work abroad.

Only God has the power to change the situation and He says, "I am making everything new!" These words are trustworthy and true. Indeed, our hope is directed to Him who is the only one who could change the lives of everyone.

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Knowing this, Mission Without Borders in Bulgaria, through different projects, works to help improve people's lives, showing God's love and giving them a hope. We help young vulnerable families, the homeless, people with disabilities, students, even prisoners.

We continue development of communities in Krupnik and Gotse Delchev in the south-west of the country. Last year we started after-school training for children who are struggling with education in both areas. With God's help we achieved very good results, and teachers in the school expressed their gratitude and admiration for the work of Mission Without Borders. The vocational, educational and literacy courses are also an important part of our strategy to assist people in learning and improving their abilities. Praise the Lord, some of our beneficiaries found a job after they finished our professional courses. Let us hope that this year, more beneficiaries will be able to fulfil their potential in some area of work. In 2018 we hope to finish the renovation of our Community centres to ensure implementation of our current and future activities.

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We plan to build a greenhouse to increase the impact and sustainability of our agriculture project. We also plan to build a pig farm to help families from our communities achieve a certain level of self-sufficiency. New self-sufficiency projects will be implemented for families in the Family to Family (F2F) programme; several families have already reached self-sufficiency and after the monitoring period they were withdrawn from the programme.

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We will not forget our work with the disabled, lonely, abandoned children and the homeless, and thus we will serve our Saviour.

We thank our Lord for the wide doors He has opened for us in the Bulgarian prisons. The people there are rejected by society and badly need God's grace and mercy. So, we will continue to visit this neglected target group and to share God's love in these places.

We praise God for His abundant blessings and mercies. There is still much work to be done and ways to change and improve our activities but again, we trust in the Lord and go ahead with His guidance.

Sarkis O.
MWB Bulgaria Field Manager